Ghee: Check out 5 Myths and benefits of this superfood

Updated on Mar 06, 2021 04:53 AM IST  |  550.5K
Ghee: Check out 5 Myths and benefits of this superfood
Ghee: Check out 5 Myths and benefits of this superfood

As people are increasingly becoming health-conscious, they are resorting to healthier alternatives and eliminating anything which adds to an unhealthy weight. Since then, consumption of desi ghee has become a topic of debate for health enthusiasts, mainly due to its fat-rich content. 


Ayurveda considers pure desi ghee as the purest essence of the earth element, which makes it an inevitable part of ancient medical science. If you are hesitant about including desi ghee in your diet due to various misconceptions linked to it, read on to learn more about its nutritional value and advantages.


Common myths:


Ghee is difficult to digest 


Ghee is one of the few products with natural butyric acid, which has the potential to promote an immune response for lowering inflammation and supporting the proper digestion of food. Regulating bowel movements, desi ghee helps to keep constipation at bay. As per Ayurveda, cow ghee lubricates the digestive system and stimulates gastric acids to maintain and repair the mucus lining of the stomach, thus it aids digestion and maintains gut health.


Ghee is fattening


Most weight watchers are wary of eating desi ghee assuming that it will cause weight gain. But the very fact that the conjugated linoleic acid in ghee supports weight loss and not weight gain bust the common myth of ghee being fattening. The monosaturated fatty acids present in ghee are a source of dietary fat, which helps to mobilize fat cells to burn energy and promotes the formation of lean body mass. Adding a teaspoon of ghee to your diet can shed stubborn fat in your waistline, hips, and thighs.


Ghee is not good for heart patients


Packed with Vitamin A, E, D, and a whole range of antioxidants, ghee is a powerhouse of nutrients that prevents the onset of heart ailments reducing unhealthy cholesterol levels and calcium deposits within the arteries. The dietary ghee can decrease the total cholesterol levels by 10-25 percent in the serum and by 7-14 percent in the intestinal mucosal cells thus ghee makes a better alternative to olive oil, groundnut oil, butter, etc.




Cooking in desi ghee can be hazardous for health 


The high smoking point prevents good fats from turning into free radicals that lead to inflammation and harm cardiac health. Ghee has a relatively high smoke point (around 250 degree Celsius) than many oils thus it is considered the safest medium for cooking and an excellent choice for deep-frying and stir-frying.


Ghee can be toxic for overall health


When consumed in moderate amounts and as per dietary recommendation, ghee offers many health benefits. Consuming ghee boosts carcinogen detoxification and reduces the chances of cancer growth, thus it reduces risk of cancer. Serving as an agent that metabolizes and balances the levels of high glucose levels, it stimulates the production of insulin, which helps in diabetes control. Taking two teaspoons of ghee also helps to regulate the hormonal balance in women and improves sperm quality and motility in males.


Besides the immense nutritional benefits of ghee, it also enhances taste delivering rich flavour to the dishes. So, make sure to eat at least two teaspoons of ghee to maintain your overall health.


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