Most self-claimed fitness freaks are still quite wary of consuming ghee, despite the growing evidence of benefits of ghee, primarily because pure ghee is 99.5% fat and we associate dietary fats with becoming fat. Since ghee is primarily used in the Indian subcontinent, Middle-East and Africa, there isn’t enough research and marketing muscle behind this superfood. But here’s my list of 10 interesting reasons to love this aromatic liquid, that is sure to change any cynic’s mind.
The Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of monounsaturated fats, can help decrease your levels of bad cholesterol and increase your levels of good cholesterol, thus providing an energetic balance to your fat intake. It is definitely a healthier option when compared to refined oils for heart health.
Great for eye health
Ghee also contains significant levels of vitamin A, E and D. Carotenoids are antioxidants that specialize in eliminating and neutralizing the free radicals that attack the macular cells, thereby preventing macular degeneration and the development of cataracts.
High smoke point
Ghee, unlike many oils and butter, has a high smoke point,as it does not degenerate easily while cooking, which prevents it from producing free radicals that damage cell function.
Good source of Energy
Ghee is composed of medium and short-chain fatty acids, which are very useful for the body and can be processed by the liver and burnt as energy, not passing into the fatty tissue or contributing to weight gain. For athletes or other people with active, high-energy lifestyles or even lactating mothers (think panjiri and other heavy laddoos), ghee can provide the necessary burst of energy that you might need.
Good for weight loss
Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar has asked everyone to include a teaspoon of ghee for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you want to lose weight. This seems counter-intuitive but consider ghee as one of the most preferred vehicles for oleation: a process of ingesting oil over a period of time. This actually helps pull fat-soluble toxins out of the cells and triggers fat metabolism, a process where the body kick-starts to burn fat for fuel.
Perfect for those with lactose intolerance
Since ghee is dairy-free (with all of the milk solids and whey simmered off), lactose intolerant individuals or those who cannot consume products like milk, butter, paneer and dahi can still enjoy ghee without worrying about the gastrointestinal problems that usually follow.
Great for intestinal health
Since ghee happens to be one of the highest quality food sources of butyric acid, it is an ideal choice to support the health of the intestinal walls. The cells of the colon use butyric acid as their preferred source of energy. Now you know why your nani/ dadi always recommended having a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon or two of ghee to relieve constipation.
Reduces glycemic index of foods
Adding ghee to your chapatis or dal chawal is know to reduce the glycemic index of the foods, which in turn helps to lower your blood sugar levels a little.
Great for skin and hair
Pure desi cow ghee has long been used for baby massages in the villages of India. It has been credited with bringing back the lustre in your hair and skin. In fact, many moms have also been known to apply ghee on to the baby’s crown for brain development. (this however is unsubstantiated ?)
Boosts Immune System
Butyric acid has also been linked to the stimulation of T-cell production, which are the heavy-hitting cells of the immune system. In other words, ghee can supercharge your immune system in addition to all of its other health benefits.
Disclaimer: Since pure ghee is pure fat, please follow the dietary recommendation of fats for your age group and body type. Please also consult your doctor, before changing your diet, especially if you have any medical concerns.
About the author:
The author is a conscious foodie who does her research about foods, especially having dealt with allergies with one of her children. You can read more about her here –