Ghee – Superfood or Saturated Fat?

Diet in ancient India comprised those food items that were effortlessly obtainable from nature. The Vedic literature throws considerable light on the food habits of the people of the ancient Bharat. Ghee was known as the ancient miracle of India for its deliciously sweet flavour and potent healing qualities. Actually, the milk of cow is considered to possess the essence or sap of all plants and Ghee is the essence of milk… In India, Ghee has been so highly regarded since the ancient times.

Why should you consume Desi Ghee regularly?

Rich in high-quality fats
Being clarified butter, ghee is extremely rich in good fats. One serving (56 grams) of ghee contains 46 grams of pure fat, of which 29 grams are saturated. Moreover, these fats contain 179 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 1,548 milligrams of omega-6 fatty acids, as well as butanoic acid and conjugated linoleic acid, which possess antibacterial and anticancer properties.

Lubricates the body, externally and internally.
Ghee is a well-known treatment in Ayurveda for relieving dryness in the body, as it is oily and moisturizing by nature. Whether taken internally or applied externally, ghee has the ability to nourish and lubricate the tissues on a cellular level. This reduces dry skin, dry colon (constipation), inflammation and stiff joints while increasing luster, flexibility and promoting healthy elimination.

Energy Booster: The wide range of fats that compose ghee include medium-chain fatty acids, which are very useful for the body and can be processed by the liver and burnt as energy, not passing into adipose tissue or contributing to weight gain. For athletes or other people with active, high-energy lifestyles, ghee can provide the necessary burst of energy that you might need to get through a particularly challenging day!

Great for Digestion
Good digestion is the key to good health, and if you’re dealing with any sort of digestive issues, healing your gut lining is an important first step. Ghee is rich in butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid that nourishes the cells of the intestines. According to Phyllis A. Balch, author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, butyric acid is “a monounsaturated fatty acid [that] reduces inflammatory conditions, reduces seepage of undigested food particles, and aids in repair of the mucosal wall.”

Enhances the healing properties of herbs.
In Ayurvedic medicine, ghee goes way beyond a dietary ingredient. Ghee is a well know catalystic agent (anupana), which has the ability to drive the healing properties of the herbs down into the deep tissues. This in turn will enhance their effectiveness and healing potency.

How to consume ghee?
Half a teaspoon of ghee during morning or as part of breakfast is a great way to start your day While taking food, first ghee with hard food stuff should be consumed, followed by soft foods and in the end curds. Usually after ghee consumption, it is good to have a warm beverage. For example, half – one teaspoon of ghee can be consumed just before having morning cup of tea / coffee.

Management of over usage
If you think you have over-consumed ghee, do not take food till the ghee is completely digested. Anyways, you will not be feeling hunger. Sip in warm water once in every half an hour. Use it for drinking and washing. If you start feeling hungry, try to have hot liquid foods such as hot clear veg soup. After you start feeling lightness in the stomach and body, you can resume your routine dietary habits.