Ghee – The Indian Superfood

Desi Pure Ghee or clarified butter in glass or Copper container with spoon, selective focus

Ghee is one of the most common things in any kitchen. We know it to add taste to food, and also to add cholesterol in your body. But there here’s the catch… too much ghee is not good for you, but totally avoiding it doesn’t do you any good either. Most people believe it to be a strict no if you want to stay healthy or if you are trying to lose weight. So let’s break the myth:

1. Builds immunity – it contains butyric acid which strengthens immunity and improves intestinal bacterial fauna. Therefore it benefits people with inflammatory bowel disease and may event prevent colon cancer.

 

2. Anti-viral – it contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), an essential fatty acid which has anti viral properties.

 

3. Helps lose weight – contrary popular belief, ghee in moderation helps cut down stubborn fat by mobilizing fat cells. Certain medium chain fatty acids in ghee promote fat breakdown in the body.

 

4. Rich in vitamins – it is rich n vitamin A and D. It helps lubricate joints and slows down joint deterioration.

 

5. Strong appetite – ghee enhances gastric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion and nutrient uptake by various cells in the body.

 

15 grams/ 1 tablespoon ghee per day is considered healthy. But make sure you consume desi ghee. Vegetable ghee (vanaspati/dalda) contains large quantities of trans fats which adds to your bad cholesterol.

Ghee can be used in cooking, or may be added separately on your plate. However it is a good practice to distance yourself from processed ghee or sweets containing ghee.

Author: Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri

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