There is a common misconception that fat containing foods such as ghee lead to excess body fat storage. This is however not the case, as proved by modern scientists. Cow ghee is made from heating butter until the milk solids and proteins are removed, leaving ghee with pure butter fat.
The fats contained in this include triglycerides, free fatty acids, sterol & sterol esters, carbonyls, carotenoids and phospholipids, many of which are indeed saturated fats. Although the term “fats” and “saturated fats” often come with negative connotations, they are essential for important bodily functions. Fats are essential in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E & K.
Fats are also essential in providing organ insulation, aiding cell structure and providing energy for growth. Many extreme diets that insist on cutting fats completely out of the diet do not have scientific/nutritional backing.
As with most other foods, fat containing foods such as ghee need to be consumed in moderation and tied to an active, balanced lifestyle.
All foods contain calories, and if an excess amount of calories over the daily limit is consumed, this will be stored in the body and lead to weight gain.
So a healthy diet will ideally include an appropriate portion of all macronutrients; proteins, carbohydrates and fats, making sure not to exceed your personal daily calorie limit. Your food intake recommendations will change with age and health conditions.
People living with family history of heart disease are recommended to keep their saturated fat consumption low to prevent arterial blockage. A sedentary lifestyle can also lead to many complications and therefore it is not recommended to have a high saturated fat consumption in this condition.
Having cow ghee in the morning on an empty stomach will provide high energy levels to start your morning, and the energy will be used throughout the day, not leading to weight gain.
Replacing other fats such as oils and butters in your diet with good quality grass fed cow ghee brings many benefits. Grass fed cow ghee contains helpful CLAs, amino acids and fatty acids 3- 6.
Consumption of grass fed cow ghee is therefore advantageous, and when tied to an active, healthy lifestyle, can add many positive aspects to your health.