When you ask a lay person about what is a primary dietary cause of heart disease in Indians, a common response points the finger at ghee in the diet.
Modern science now verifies what Ayurvedic health science has said for thousands of years: Ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is good for the mind and spirit.
Ghee is clarified butter made traditionally from cow or buffalo milk during a simmering process that removes milk proteins (casein and lactose) and water. The simmering process gives ghee a distinct flavor and a high-smoke point which prevents oxidative damage during cooking, which means preventing inflammation in the body.
Ghee is one of the original ancient health foods originating from the Indian science of Ayurveda. It is a versatile component of Indian culture used to cook, to heal and is used in many traditional Indian ceremonies and rituals.
According to researches, about 65 per cent of the fat in ghee is saturated, and as much as 32 per cent is MUFA (mono-unsaturated fatty acids). MUFA is a highly desirable form of dietary fat, the kind that olive oil is rich in. It is perhaps more desirable than PUFA (poly-unsaturated fatty acids). In this respect, Desi Ghee scores over many PUFA-rich oils like sunflower, safflower, corn and cottonseed oils, whose MUFA content is poor.
Quality Of Ghee :
The so-called “ghee” sold in many grocery stores and used in restaurants is not the medicinal ghee made from high quality dairy, but instead made from highly inflammatory vegetable oils which are partially hydrogenated.
This form of adulterated ghee is also referred to as “vanaspati” or “dalda”, … Rather than heal and lower inflammation, these ghee impostors will do the exact opposite and raise the risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic health conditions.
There are seven mammals apart from humans whose milk is used for consumption – cow, goat, buffalo, camel, sheep, mare and elephant. Out of these, cow’s milk is considered to generate the best ghee, which even a newborn baby can safely consume.
Ghee from grass-fed dairy has healthy fats like CLA (conjugated linoleic acid).
daily consumption of Ghee :
if the total intake of Desi Ghee remains in an appropriate portion then it could be a better choice than vegetable oils.
The maximum daily consumption of Ghee should not exceed from 7 to 10 grams per day.
Ghee is composed of saturated fats and can lead to obesity if eaten in huge portions
In essence, the natural processing of high quality dairy into ghee removes potential allergens while preserving precious nutrients, earning it the nickname, “liquid gold.”
Nutritive Value of Ghee
100 grams Ghee provides:
|Nutrients||Ghee/ Clarified butter|
|Total fat||99.48 grams|
Here are a few benefits I’ve found through my years of using ghee :
1. Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C or 482 °F).
You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.
2. Ghee does not spoil easily so it does not need refrigeration.
Some ghee mixtures last up to 100 years.
Tips to store ghee
- Use colored bottles or jar (amber or green) if you need to store ghee for a long period.
- If ghee is stored in a clear glass bottle or jar, make sure you cover the bottle with a paper completely, leaving no scope for the sunrays to come in contact with ghee.
- Make sure the jar or bottle has a tight-fitting cork.
- Store the ghee away from the sunlight. A direct contact with the sun may make it rancid.
3. Ghee is not likely to affect people with a dairy or casein intolerance.
Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities have been removed, so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.
4. Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins A and E.
5. Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.
Energy and Weight Management
6. Ghee is Nutritionally Rich Like Coconut Oil
Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as energy. Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source.
7. Weight Loss
The energy from these medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.
Digestion and Immune Strengthening
Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. A healthy body therefore makes its own form of ‘ghee’ but you can aid that greatly by consuming it.
8. Healthy Digestive Tract
Research shows that people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid.
9. Healthy Immune System
Research shows that adequate production of butyric acid supports the production of killer T cells in the gut and thus a strong immune system.
10. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer
Researchers are using oral butyrate supplements and butyrate enemas to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
Ayurvedic physicians have been using ghee enemas for centuries to decrease inflammation.
11. Strong Appetite
Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.
12. Molecules of Emotion
Modern research is now revealing that negative emotions have a chemical nature. This is what ancient cultures have always maintained, that the mind and body are one. These chemicals are attracted to and stored in fat. Ghee can be used to replace those fats. Plus, if used properly in a cleanse, can attract and pull out these toxins so they can be cleansed from the body.
13. Ghee nourishes the skin
Long before there were any skin conditioners or moisturizers, our elders advised us to eat ghee because it made the skin fair and supple. So you can say ghee is the original skin moisturizer. Our elders still apply ghee to their skin and you can see the effect. People who eat ghee regularly and smear it on their skin look much younger than their contemporaries.
14. Boosts Energy
Ghee is a dense source of energy. One gram of ghee provides 9 calories. Besides being energy dense, ghee is easily digested and absorbed. Athletes, sports-players and individuals with high-energy requirement can easily meet their recommended high calories by consuming ghee. Furthermore, people with a diseased condition, underweight and malnourished individuals who need to consume more calories can surely add ghee to their diet.
15. Fry Your Spices in Ghee
Many of the medicinal properties of herbs and spices can be absorbed and transported to targeted areas of the body with ghee. This is why Ayurveda uses ghee in thousands of different herbal preparations.
You can do the same thing by frying your kitchen spices in ghee before adding them to your dishes.
Ghee not only makes your eyes look good, but it also helps in improving your eyesight. Putting a drop of melted ghee in each eye before going to sleep helps to relieve burning sensation. Ghee also plays a very important role in the treatment of various eye disorders.
Making and Storing Ghee
Ghee is made the same as clarified butter, but heated longer.
The two things that will degrade ghee are water and sunlight.
- Always store your ghee in a container with a good seal in the dark.
- Ghee will last 2-3 months if you keep it in an airtight container.
- When kept in a refrigerator, without opening, ghee can last up to a year.
Don’t Be Scared of Ghee
Ghee was once thought to be unhealthy because it is saturated, but research has now revealed the truth about fats and oils