Ghee, a miracle food! Good for weight loss!
Ghee is typically prepared by simmering butter, which is churned from cream (traditionally made by churning curd), skimming any impurities from the surface, then pouring and retaining the clear liquid fat while discarding the solid residue that has settled to the bottom. Spices can be added for flavor. The texture, color and taste of ghee depend on the quality of the butter, the milk source used in the process and the duration of time spent boiling.
One tablespoon (15g) of ghee has approximately 135 calories, all of which come from fat. That small amount of ghee has 15 grams of total fat and 9 grams of saturated fat. A tablespoon of ghee also has 45 milligrams of cholesterol, or 15% of the daily value. Ghee is free of sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and protein.
Ghee has a higher smoking point (200-260 degrees Celsius) than butter (160-190 degrees Celsius). This is an advantage when cooking since smoke point is that moment when fats degenerate into harmful compounds which can be toxic for our health.
Benefits of Ghee!
- Weight loss: Ghee is packed with essential amino acids that assist in mobilizing the fat and making the fat cells to shrink in size. The butyric acid and medium chain triglycerides in ghee help in mobilizing stubborn body fat and getting rid of it. Ghee can also help in increasing good HDL cholesterol,” Ghee contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acids, which when consumed aids in weight loss.Omega-6 fatty acids can also help increase lean body mass and reduce fat mass, which in turn aids weight loss.
- Rich source of B VITAMINS: While ghee is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, it is also rich in antioxidants. It increases the body resistance for various infections and diseases by boosting the immune system.
- Good for cholesterol: Ghee lowers the bad blood cholesterol level and enhances the good blood cholesterol level.
- Good for skin: It rejuvenates the skin from inside and increases its glow.
- Good for immunity: According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, ghee is a good source of energy. It contains medium and short-chain fatty acids, they are directly absorbed in liver "of which, lauric acid is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal substance."
- Good for diabetes: In India, spreading ghee over chapattis and parathasis a standard practice. It is said that applying ghee on chapattis could bring down the glycemic index of the chapatti by some amount, in addition to making it more moist and digestible.
- Good for Lactose intolerant and Casein intolerant: Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities have been removed, so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.
- Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows
- Healthy Digestive Tract
Research shows that people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid and ghee is a good source of butyric acid.
- Strong Appetite
Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process.
Daily consumption of 2-3 teaspoons of cow’s ghee along with rice and roti improves the digestion process, improves absorption of nutrients from food, lubricates large intestines and prevents constipation.
Preferred Intake time:
"Taking 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls of ghee in a cup of hot milk at bedtime is an effective but gentle means of relieving constipation," notes the book.
How you can include ghee to your diet plan?
- If rice is your staple, than add a dollop of ghee on warm rice and consume it. Even plain rice (with some salt) tastes yummy, when you add ghee to it.
- Another healthy option is to spread a spoonful of ghee on your rotisor parathas
Anything in excess is bad and this applies to ghee as well. Despite its benefits for health and weight loss, ghee should be taken in moderation - after all, it is high in saturated fat. So consult an experienced Nutritionist for your customization.