The goodness of Ghee
After rice, I feel Ghee occupies the unenviable position as one of the most misunderstood foods in India today. At one time considered the food of Gods, its now a “fattening” ingredient and somehow responsible for the lifestyle diseases of this generation. But is that the truth?
Since the 70s and 80s when inspired by the marketing and propaganda of “heart healthy” vegetable oils, an entire country let go off its 5000-year old food wisdom to eat Ghee, has our heart health really improved?
Are there fewer cases now of diabetes, high cholesterol, etc? Or did we make a blunder when Ghee was labeled “saturated fat” and pushed in the same category as trans-fats and hydrogenated fats?
|Things we don’t know or don’t bother to know about Ghee||Most common myths about Ghee and where you should banish them|
|Ghee has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Other than helping you recover from sickness, it ensures that you don’t fall sick.||Ghee is fattening – Ghee by nature is lipolytic, that which breaks down fat. And this is due to its unique short chain fatty acid structure.|
|The anti-oxidants in Ghee make it the miraculous anti-wrinkling and anti-ageing therapy you were searching for.||Ghee is a saturated fat – It’s a saturated fat, yes, but with such a unique structure that it actually helps mobilize fats from stubborn fat areas of the body. Not a saturated fat like trans-fats in your biscuits, cakes, pizza, etc.|
|Ghee is excellent for joint health as it lubricates and oxygenates them.||Ghee will increase cholesterol – Ghee reduces cholesterol by increasing contribution of lipids towards metabolism. Liver produces excess cholesterol under stress. Ghee helps you de-stress, sleep better and wake up fresher.|
|Ghee takes nutrients from your food and deliver them through fat permeable membranes like in the brain.||Ghee is harmful for heart – Rich in antioxidants, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D, Ghee has just what you need for a healthy heart.|
|Ghee improves your satiety signal and ensures you eat the right amount of food.||Ok, ok fine, Ghee is good, but must not eat it too much – Traditionally we add Ghee in each meal. The quantity at which the taste of food is best is the right quantity. Only your tongue and stomach can tell you that.|
What does our ancient food wisdom tells us: Runam krutva, ghrutam pibet – take a loan, but drink ghee. Cook in it or add on top of cooked food, it will continue to bless you.
P.S: And yes, the best Ghee is the one made at home from an Indian cow’s milk. The next decent option is Ghee from buffalo milk. The jersey cow milk and Ghee has no benefits that you seek. So that rules out the tetra packed milk unfortunately.
What you can do is – support a goshala and help preserve the Indian cow.
For people outside India – Use the best possible option but start making a demand for Indian cow milk/ butter. Especially if you are in a country where “customer is the king”.