Only 40% of manufactured ghee, oil fit for humans’ is it true?

Only 40% of manufactured ghee, oil fit for humans’ is it true?


Apart from a few leading brands, most ghee and edible oils available in the market are harmful for human consumption and increase the risk of heart diseases, The Express Tribune learnt on Saturday.

A representative of the Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA) said that markets are flooded with harmful products across the country, selling under different brand names of ghee and cooking oil.

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“Although it is against our own trade, it is a fact that hardly 40% of ghee and cooking oil available in the markets is good for human consumption and the rest is merely a disease,” he underlined.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he disclosed most of the ghee and cooking oil brands available in the market are not vitamin fortified as required by international standards and the law of the land. In addition, direct packaging of imported palm or vegetable oils, under different brand names, is rampant everywhere in the country and is giving tough competition to legitimate manufacturers.

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“In many cases, such ghee and oil brands do not mention mill names and addresses on their packaging to avoid legal action. However, I believe it is the negligence and inefficiency on the part of the government and regulators that has given them a free hand to play with public health,” he maintained.

Most of these products are being used by commercial and industrial consumers, like restaurants, hotels, bakeries and confectionaries, he said.

However, considering these harmful effects, the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has taken the lead from other provinces by announcing a complete ban on manufacturing and sale of ghee in the province by 2020. Though the industry is expressing its strong reservations over the provincial food watchdog’s decision, PFA officials believe they will succeed in their mission with extensive public awareness.


A PFA spokesman told The Express Tribune that the authority wants to eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in ghee due to the hydrogenation process, from the human diet. After a rigorous exercise and industry’s cooperation, the authority has brought down trans fatty acid’s ratio from 1.5% to 0.5%, which is permissible. However, there are several brands available in the market that violate the approved standard.

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Despite repeated warnings and fines, most ghee and oil manufacturers are still not fortifying vitamin A and D, as per the international unit (IU) per kilogramme, just to increase their profit margins, he said. Referring to a recent nutritional survey report, the spokesman outlined that nearly two-thirds of the country’s population is vitamin A and D deficient and vitamin fortification in edible oil is mandatory by the law to negate its harmful effects.

According to the law, all ghee and cooking oil manufacturers are bound to fortify their products by approximately 35,000 IU to 45,000 IU of vitamin A and 3,000 IU to 4,500 IU of vitamin D per kilogramme. These vitamins are essential for normal body growth and reduce risks of night blindness and skin related diseases.

The PFA spokesman disclosed the authority has once again engaged PVMA representatives to hear their stance on banning of ghee by 2020.

The consultation process is underway and technical experts from both sides will formulate a procedure for gradual phasing out of ghee in the given timeframe. However, in a meeting held on Saturday, it was decided that the authority would set a special unit for ghee and cooking oil testing in its state-of-the-art lab.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2017.

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Read full story why Ghee ban ?

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Ghee ban

Inconsequential as a ban on ghee usage might sound, the implications are many, from the areas of authoritarianism and impinging on personal freedom to public health. Regardless of which side of the fence one falls, the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) ban on the sale and manufacture of clarified butter is a potential game changer in the food world and could be pivotal in the overall fitness of Punjab.

On the one hand, the detriments of ghee consumption are widespread; its high fat content is a gateway to many ailments associated with obesity and even just being overweight, including heart disease and diabetes. Even though modern science might have outlined some minimal benefits, the harmful facts about a high ghee diet outweigh the benefits, with other food sources providing the same healthful nutrition without the high fat content.

Therefore, the PFA’s decision could be monumental in forever altering the diet of the people of Punjab and their overall fitness, making for an interesting longitudinal case study for nutritionists in terms of what ailments are alleviated and what new health issues arise with the absence of dietary ghee in coming years.

Conversely, at the other end of the spectrum, is the question of whether the agency can outright ban an item that many people prefer and swear by. Is it just to ban the product, as opposed to requiring health label warnings, much like on cigarette packets? It also cannot be ruled out that there might be a political foul play here.

On that note, why not ban other products that nutritionists consider ‘garbage food’ such as high-sodium chips and high-sugar junk foods and soda? It is reassuring to see the PFA dutifully investigating the healthfulness of foods. It will be intriguing to see how much ghee usage can actually be phased out by 2020.

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5 reasons you should definitely have ghee this winter

5 reasons you should definitely have ghee this winter

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:

Fight off diseases

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.

Source : India Today

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Ghee, sugar prices down in Kabul

Ghee, sugar prices down in Kabul

Ghee, sugar prices down in Kabul

KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of ghee and sugar have dipped while rates of other items remain unchanged during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, market sources said Saturday.

Food Traders Union head, Fazal Rahman told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of 49 kilograms of Pakistani sugar was decreased from 1,900 Afghanis to 1,820 Afghanis and 16 liters of Khurshid ghee from 1,120afs to 1,100afs.

However, he said that 24kg of Pakistani rice cost 1,850afs and 50kg of Kazakhstani flour 1,160afs, the same rates of last week’s.

Noor Ahmad Khairkhwa, a tea seller in Kabul Mandavi, said a kilogram of Indonesian green tea cost 280afs and the same amount of African black tea 300afs — same as last week’s.

Ahmad Wali Panjsheri, who owns a grocery shop in Dahn-i-Bagh area, sold a 50-kg bag of Kazakhstani flour for 1,220afs and a 49-kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 1,980afs.

He sold a 16-litre tin of Khurshid ghee for 1,200afs, a 24-kg sack of Pakistani rice for 2,100afs, a kilogram of Indonesian green tea for 300afs and the same quantity of African black tea for 350afs, higher than wholesale rates.

Abdul Hadi, a worker at the Wazirabad Fuel Station, told Pajhwok Afghan News that each liter of diesel and petrol cost price of one liter of diesel cost 46afs, the same rate of last week’s.

The price of liquefied gas also remains stable as one kilogram of the commodity cost 60afs according to Sharif Ahmad, a gas seller in Kolola Pushta area of Kabul.

Haji Fawad Ahmad Salehzada, a jeweler in Timr Shahi area of Kabul, said the one gram of Arabian gold cost 2,350afs and the same quantity of Russian gold 1,850afs.

According to Sara-I-Shahzada money changers, one US dollar accounted for 68.30 Afghanis and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 640 Afghanis this week against last week’s rates of 68.45afs and 640 afs respectively.

Source : pajhwok

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