The word ‘Ghee‘ brings back all the nostalgic memories of grandma who religiously put a dollop of ghee into everything she cooked. I remember how my grandma even applied ghee on her body, starting from her skin to hair and I used to wonder how she had such beautiful, acne free skin and lustrous hair.
Ghee is 100% butterfat which is golden coloured, flavorful and nutrient rich. To make ghee, butter is simmered to separate the oil from other components, which are strained off in the end. It has a good shelf life and can be left unrefrigerated for over 3 months at room temperature.
Vegetables Oils vs Desi Ghee
Ghee or clarified butter has been around since ancient times, not just as a staple flavouring component but also for religious reasons as it is considered to be a pure oil since it does not contain harmful hydrogenated oils, artificial additives or preservatives. Now, thanks to all the luring advertisements of XYZ oils and the influence of modern science all we know is, the ill-effects of ghee and hence how bad it is. One of the major difference between oil and ghee is their molecular composition. All vegetables oils are unsaturated fats because of double bonds in their chemical structure while saturated fats, found in ghee, have single bonds in their structure. The more number of bonds means higher the fluidity and mobility but also they are highly prone to get damaged from high temperature because of their low smoking point. It eliminates all the phytochemicals and other essential nutrients needed for our body. Research studies has also shown that controlled use of saturated fats have no link when it comes to obesity, early death and heart disease.
Is Ghee better than Butter?
Ghee and butter definitely have similar nutritional compositions but do have a few differences. If eaten in moderation, ghee can provide your body with higher concentrations of essential nutrients that aren’t available in butter. One tbsp of Ghee has about 13gm of fat and 117 calories whereas butter has 11g fat and 100 calories per tbsp. Moreover, Butter has a lower smoke point than ghee as well.
Amazing Benefits of Ghee
Although it’s an obvious fact that having too much of ghee is harmful to the body but having some of it is definitely essential. In fact including one teaspoon of ghee in daily diet can actually help increase good cholesterol, boost the immune system and nourish the body tissues.
“Ghee lubricates the connective tissues and promotes flexibility”
One thing to be careful about is that not all ghee is created same. In other words, prefer homemade ghee or organic options over the ones that are commercially available, to be sure of health benefits. Here is a list of the amazing merits of this new power food:
- Use Ghee instead of Oils for Cooking
Ghee has a high smoke point which means that it does not start to smoke until it is heated to a higher temperature making it much better for a variety of cooking and sautéing needs.
- Desi Ghee is Lactose and Casein free
Now, if you are lactose intolerant, you can still have ghee, as the majority of the dairy intolerant people have shown no issues with ghee as it is both lactose and casein free; both of these elements are removed during the clarifying process while making ghee.
- Perfect source for the daily needs of Vitamins A, D, E
Ghee is a great source of fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E. Vitamin A that ghee provides is immediately usable by the body as it facilitates its absorption. Vitamin D is especially difficult to create during less sunny winter months and Vitamin E is good for the skin and eyes and also to keep cholesterol in check.
- It makes your bones strong and healthy.
Ghee helps strengthen the bones and teeth as it also contains vitamin K2 which is vital to help our bodies use calcium more effectively. Apart from proper bone development it also contains Vitamin K which helps protect us from tooth decay and plague from building up.
- Ghee helps in weight loss?
Well, it’s hard to believe that something so high in fats can help keep your weight in check but studies have shown that medium chained fatty acids contained in ghee actually help burn other types of fat in our bodies. This results in the reduction of fat levels and possibly even weight loss in the long run.
- Ghee contains CLA
CLA or conjugated linoleic acid may help regulate high blood pressure, reduce inflammation and actually lower body fat
- Ghee improves Digestion & Immune Health
Ghee contains butyrate which helps support a healthy digestive tract. It is good for colon health and acts as a detoxifier. Moreover, it helps to increase gastric acid, thereby aiding in efficient digestion.
- Natural Moisturiser for the Skin and Lips
Ghee is a great skin moisturiser too. Due to its natural vitamin content, it makes a great cure for dry skin and adds the glow to it. Just apply a few drops to your lips and skin before going to bed and wake up to soft and moisturised skin and lips. Regular usage can also help keep your skin youthful.
- Magical oil for your hair
Ghee is extremely moisturising for dry hair and makes it frizz free. Just take some warm ghee and massage your scalp with it for 10 to 15 minutes; let it remain for two hours and wash it off. Ghee stimulates hair growth and makes it really soft and shiny.
However, control your tempt; like excess of everything is bad even Ghee strictly needs to be taken in moderation as excess of it can result in obesity, indigestion and diarrhoea.