The first and foremost precaution that we need to take is to avoid outdoor exposure, as much as possible.
And if you are going out, make sure you apply desi ghee or clarified butter in your nostrils.
How does applying ghee in your nostrils protect you from smog?
Contrary to popular belief, #Milkioghee can benefit your health in the most amazing ways. It is helpful in reducing accumulation of toxins found in metals like lead and mercury. According to gomataseva.org, it is also one of the best substances to prepare the body for internal detoxification, or what is called Panchakarma in Ayurveda.
Applying a thin layer of ghee to the inner wall of your nostrils will prevent the entrance of pollutants present in the air you breathe. Called Nasya Karma, this practice also clears the nasal passages, thus preventing congestion, suggests by ayurveda. This, in turn, will save you from contracting diseases like asthma or other respiratory disorders, especially at a time like this.
Ayurveda also recommends daily application of ghee in your nostrils. According then the Nasya treatment helps improve breathing patterns by clearing the respiratory tract and relaxing the muscles, thereby inducing tranquility.
No. Your child does not need half a cup of ghee every day.
Indian mothers are obsessed with ghee. Undoubtedly, ghee especially homemade ghee is healthy. Ghee has a myriad of health benefits too. However, you cannot overfeed ghee to your child. The fact that children need it during growing years and they’ll easily digest it is only partially true. Portion control is necessary from an early age to avoid childhood obesity and other complications. Dr Yogesh Kumar Gupta, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, Fortis Hospital Bannerghatta Road Bengaluru shares with us the actual amount of ghee or fats your child needs:
Fat intake is essential for adequate growth and brain development of your toddler. Ghee has the accurate amount of DHA and EPA which along with Vitamin A, D, E and K help in brain development. Ghee is also known to improve memory which will help your infant in the long run. But other nutrients like carbohydrates and proteins to, make a major portion of your toddler’s daily calorie intake. Too much of butter, peanut butter and processed cheese should be avoided in a toddlers’ diet. Try to include 5-10 % of the fibre in your toddler’s’ diet which can come from veggies and fruits.
Children usually tolerate fats well unless someone has pancreatic or liver disorder where they may have fat malabsorption. Usually fat should constitute 30-35 % of your toddler’s diet. If you have concerns regarding your child being underweight and this is why you feed them with ghee or butter, you must consult your paediatrician before doing it. Just ghee will not contribute to a healthy weight increase in your child. A proper diet considering his/her age and weight can be followed for maintaining the appropriate weight.
What should be the ideal fat intake especially if the child is consuming cheese, butter, and oil too?
An average toddler generally needs 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Approximately 30 percent of this must come from fats. Ghee is not the only source of fat. Your child is consuming calories and fat from others foods and milk that you feed them with.
What Is Ghee? This Superfood Will Take Your Home Cooking Game To The Next Level
Much to the surprise of anybody who came of age in the 1990s, where butter of any kind was seen as antithetical to a healthy diet, ghee — the clarified butter product that’s been a staple of Indian cooking for centuries — is having a moment. Increasingly, science has been demonstrating that various forms of fats, like ghee, seem to have a complex effect on human health, combining challenges with potential advantages. Moreover, professional chefs and home cooks alike are looking for alternative ingredients that both taste great and aren’t totally awful for you — and that’s where ghee comes in.
It’s always important to qualify food trends. Anything that claims to be the next “superfood” should probably learn from the first modern over-hyped health food, spinach. It was thought to be amazingly good for you thanks to high vitamin A and iron content, but while the vitamin A element is true, the iron content was the product of mistaken science in the 1870s. That being said, it’s not like spinach is bad for you. Ghee, similarly to butter, got a bad rep after some findings in the ’80s and ’90s, but as people expand their palates (and science has changed its tune), they are looking for the next big thing. So what is ghee, and should you be cooking everything in it?
What Is Ghee?
Ghee itself is the product of heating cream or butter, skimming off the milk solids that collect on the top, and then storing the result. The result is a clear product with a high smoking point and a delicate, nutty flavor. Debbie Shandel, Chief Growth Officer of the organic natural foods company Carrington Farms, tells Bustle, “We source our organic butter from organic farms, gently heat it, and then skim off the milk proteins, including the lactose and casein. After filtering several times, the process results in an organic, creamy, buttery product that has many uses.”
Anybody who grew up in an Indian household will be familiar with ghee, whether made from buffalo milk or cow milk, but ghee is making waves across the cooking world, too. It’s easy to make on your own and has no milk or water solids, so some people who are lactose-intolerant feel it’s a good alternative for butter for them. It’s been part of the ancient medical system Ayurveda for thousands of years, stretching back to at least 800 BC; Ayurvedic medicine claims that ghee is good for everything from sleep quality to semen health, joint suppleness, intelligence, memory and wrinkles. Even in India, however, it experienced a drop in reputation from the 1980s onwards thanks to its high saturated fat content, and is only now coming back into vogue on the back of the “superfood” trend.
Ghee Is Healthy — Basically
A lactose-free butter alternative seems, on paper, like a really good idea. “There are many benefits of cooking with ghee,” Shandel tells Bustle. “The first is that it is great for people who have dairy sensitivities, as it is casein and lactose-free. In addition, ghee is gluten-free and high in butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid used in the body as an energy source and anti-inflammatory.” She adds, “Our Milkio ghee is rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, D and E.” Vitamin A is particularly helpful for people with irritable bowel syndrome.
But is a diet involving ghee good for the body in general? Scientists have been looking at the effects of ghee on human diet and nutrition, and the results are intriguing. A 2010 review of ghee science in the International Quarterly Journal of Research In Ayurveda by scientists from Ohio State noted that animal studies of ghee have found a series of possible benefits, including decreases in cholesterol, low density lipoproteins and triglycerides (which are associated with cardiovascular disease), and a potential link between ghee and lower coronary heart disease risk.
One study in 2016 found that ghee was better for cooking than sunflower oil when looking at antioxidants and liver protection, while another in 2013 found that it helped to protect against the development of fatty deposits in arteries. Multiple studies in 2015 found that ghee, particularly low-cholesterol ghee, seemed to improve general cholesterol levels. It’s worth noting that virtually all of these studies were done on rats, not humans. But the qualities of ghee have attracted medical attention for other reasons; it was suggested in early 2017 that ghee might be a good way to administer chemotherapy, as it may help the chemo get into the body more efficiently.
But isn’t ghee a saturated fat with clear issues for heart health? A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research set out to look at this belief. It looked at the heart health of 137 people across India and checked their consumption of ghee and mustard oil, and found that the results “do not support a conclusion of harmful effects of the moderate consumption of ghee in the general population, although it contains high level of saturated fat.” Two studies on Indian volunteers, one in 2002 and another in 2005, suggest that if it makes up less than 10 percent of the diet, it has pretty negligible effects on cholesterol levels. Some people reacted differently, and the subjects were all vegetarians, young, and healthy.
Evidence appears to suggest that if you want some form of saturated fat in your diet, ghee is the best option for you. High levels will still hurt your heart, though, so keep it to a minimum, and you’ll hopefully enjoy its deliciousness without encountering health difficulties.
5 reasons you should definitely have ghee this winter
This Indian superfood has stood the test of time, and is actually quite healthy.
Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Our mothers and grandmothers have been pushing us to have thoda ghee since we were kids. We didn’t, because we were told that all fats are high in cholesterol, and can lead to a bunch of health issues. But actually, ghee can do us bucket loads of good!
If you’ve come across conversations with Kareena Kapoor Khan, and her renowned nutritionist friend, Rujuta Diwekar, you’ll already know that it’s true–ghee is actually really good for us. When we first came across Diwekar’s arguments, we were as surprised as you are. Over the last decade or so, nutritionists and dieticians have been telling us to cut off the fat from our lives, whether it’s oil, ghee, or lard.
So how the hell can ghee actually be good for us?
Because granny said so
Ghee is one of the dairy products that have been made and consumed in India since time immemorial. Let’s just say that generations of people in this subcontinent have grown up on ghee. We have it raw, with rice, on our dal or rotis, and even in our curries–and we’ve been doing this for centuries. So our physique is used to and built with ghee, from birth to death. And if our systems are naturally used to ghee, how can it be bad for us? Simple logic dictates that daadi ke nuskhe rarely go wrong. So how can it be wrong where ghee is concerned?
Nectar of life
According to ayurveda, the panchamrit as or five nectars of life are honey, sugar, milk, yogurt, and (guess what?) ghee! These ingredients aren’t just used because they’re ritually associated with the divine or the sacred. They actually have individual connotations, according to their specific characteristics. Ghee, for example, represents knowledge and victory. It’s obvious then, isn’t it? Having ghee actually makes you smarter, because it almost works like a brain tonic!
The superfood that burns fat
Contrary to popular believe, ghee is not an ordinary fat. It’s actually a part of the small group of top-performing fats in the world, and has short chain fatty acids. As Rujuta Diwekar explains, these fats actually help break down body fat, and increase the count of healthy bacteria in the gut and stomach. So instead of making you obese, ghee actually helps shed fat and lose weight naturally! Don’t believe us? Just check out this Instagram post by actress Huma Qureshi:
If you’ve been wondering how to fight off diseases related to your blood sugar levels, like diabetes, PCOD and obesity, here’s how. You need to have food with low glycemic index, and the best way to do that is to add ghee. Adding ghee to food reduces its glycemic index, which in turn helps regulate your blood sugar levels. So instead of leading to these diseases, ghee is a fat that helps our bodies build up the immunity to fight it.
It’s simply yummy
Finally, let’s just come down to the very basic reason to have ghee–it’s superbly delicious. Adding ghee to your food enhances its flavour like nothing else can. And it doesn’t even matter if the thing you’re cooking up is sweet, savoury or spicy. Ghee goes with everything. The heat generated from having food with ghee on top, in it, or even fried in it, will help you stay warm this winter, and every winter to come.
So let go of the guilt associated with ghee. It’s not a villain you need to avoid, but actually a blessing you must include in your daily life. Trust us, your body and palate will both thank you for having a little bit of ghee.