In common language, ghee is butterfat.
In Ayurveda ghee and especially cows ghee is found to be a Rasayana for winters as it is filled with all the nutrition, antioxidants, antibacterial antiviral, antifungal properties and essential fatty acids.
Importance Of Ghee
Ghee has been used from the ancient time of Ayurveda, where it has a great medicinal, cleansing, and nourishing values.
Also called desi ghee or clarified butter, it has a great value in traditional Indian cooking.
It is added in many Indian dishes to enhance the flavour. It is used to saute spices, used in coating rice before cooking to enhance the flavour of the rice.
This superfood is full of saturated fat, it should be used in moderation as
Excess of Everything is Bad.
Cows ghee is considered to be healthier than other types, as it has fewer calories than Buffalo’s.
Constitution of Cows Ghee
•It is 100% butterfat
•It is Golden in color
•Have a great flavor
According to Ayurveda, it pacifies pitta and vata dosha so it is best for the persons having Pitta or vata dominating body type.
Benefit of Ghee
It is found to be lactose-free, a sugar found in milk. There are many people who are lactose resistant so they can’t take milk but it’s an advantage that they can use Cow’s milk ghee.
It is the protein component of the milk which can cause milk allergies in many people.
But while preparing it the milk solids having lactose and casein float over the top from where they are removed thus leaving it, to lactose and casein free.
In a very rare case, a highly allergic person may Trigger any reaction by it.
Ghee is a saturated healthy fat
In spite of being saturated fat, it is loaded with a lot of health benefits for us in comparison to other saturated fats like a creamy burger or fried fat diets.
It’s a myth in our new generation that Ghee is not good for our heart or weight, but low-fat fad was in 1995 and unsaturated fat fear was in 2005.
The key point is to keep it in moderation.
Good for digestion
Ghee is very useful for our digestion and to cure constipation as it helps in secreting some enzymes that digest the food.
Adding half a tablespoon of it, in a glass of warm milk before bedtime enhances the digestion and helps to relieve constipation.
Heat stable for baking and sauteing
As the vegetable oils are unstable for cooking and change to trans fat on repeated cooking.
Vegetable oils may high smoking point. But they are unstable being delicate.
loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K
Vitamin E is good for our skin.
vitamin K is helpful in blood clotting
Ghee Contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid
It is a fatty acid having many health benefits. Studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid may prevent cancer, helps in reducing body fat, helpful in lowering blood pressure.
Ghee Helps in healthy weight loss
According to a study, it has a quality to mobilize fat from stubborn areas of the body fastens the metabolism and reduces bad cholesterol.
Ghee is an Immunity booster
It is full of nutrients. it increases our resistance against seasonal allergies like cough cold etc.
It has taste enhancing strong flavour.
This superfood contains the good quality of proteins and fats so it helps to increase the quality and quantity of semen
Helps to cure Hair fall
Being fat, it is relatively high in calories
•A serving contains 12.6 gram of Fat
•Vitamin A 391 IU
•Vitamin E 0.4 milligrams
•Vitamin K 1.1 m micrograms
•Carbohydrates 0.1 gram
•Proteins 0.3 grams
•We prepare butter by churning milk cream or curd
Butterfat proteins and water.
•Butter is heated to separate the oil from other components, strained off to make ghee.
According to Ayurveda Ghee is considered as satvik, providing good Vibes to the brain when taken with food in proper quantity.
In Ayurved, ghee is included in four Sneha, the main oils, as, Ghrit, Tail, Vasa and majja. These four Sneha are the main ingredients of many ayurvedic medicines and in all these, ghee is called the main oil or
Precautions to use
For those who are consuming it daily, exercise is necessary not to gain weight.
It can be taken in daily routine as
•We can cook some of our vegetables or curries alternatively, in cow’s ghee, vegetable oil or mustard oil.
•We can apply a little of, it on our roties or paranthas, especially in winters, when the demand for high-calorie food is more.
1 to 2 spoons of it can be added to our daily diet to get its benefits.
So now it’s clear that we can please our taste buds by adding a little ghee in our diet on daily basis and get it its maximum benefits.
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