The Magic of Pure Ghee: 10 Reasons to Start Embracing ItLuke Coutinho
Remember when you were growing up, how your mothers and grandmothers would put a dollop of shudh desi ghee on your rotis, khichdi, and ladoos? Pure ghee has now been deemed a superfood and sold around the globe for exorbitant prices. The simplest way to use it is to make this at home. As you read this, several people in rural and even urban India are making ghee in their kitchens.
Unfortunately, most ghee varieties found commercially in the market are full of hydrogenated fats that create inflammation. And many a time, people generalize this and start labeling even pure ghee as being bad for your heart health, causing you to put on weight or your overall health.
We want to bust this myth. We have been using pure ghee combined (in conjunction with lifestyle) to help our clients globally to lose weight, improve heart health, manage cancer, acidity, digestion, and vision issues, and even enhance their skin and hair!
It is a healthy fat
First and foremost, ghee is a healthy fat. You need healthy fats in your system. It is why people will go low fat in the lieu of losing fat, even though they lose the weight, they start having immunity issues, looking haggard, and aging more rapidly than they should. This happens when you do not lose weight the right way.
Your cells need vitamins and minerals to thrive and carry out various functions. But if you don’t have adequate healthy fat in your body, you will not be able to absorb these well. Some of the main vitamins like A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble vitamins. It means that they need the right levels of fats to be absorbed. This may also explain why certain medications are prescribed to be had with or after food. You need fat from the food you consume to enhance its absorption.
It nourishes your gut
Most gut health issues are related to increased inflammation and when you have malabsorption of vitamins and minerals. This is where ghee comes to the rescue. Apart from aiding absorption, it also repairs your gut lining, populates good gut bugs, and reduces inflammation. It is why Ayurveda uses ghee in so many of its medications and protocols when it comes to acidity and constipation. Ghee lines your entire esophagus, intestinal wall, and colon, right up to your rectum. So, using ghee in a supervised and informed way will add value to your nutritional and health plan.
It is lactose-free and casein-free
Most people think that because ghee is made from milk solids, it has lactose. But it is lactose-free. Those with lactose intolerance can still consume pure ghee or use it as a cooking medium for their rice, rotis, or baking. Apart from lactose, there is also one aspect that people need to look at – casein. Casein is a protein found in milk. When people experience swelling in their mouth, tongue, or face, congestion, or break out into hives after consuming it, they have casein intolerance. The good thing about ghee is that it is not only lactose-free but also casein-free.
It aids in weight loss
When it comes to weight loss, it is funny how people stop having ghee and reduce their oil thinking they will lose weight faster. They do not realize that the right type of fat helps you burn fat. Pure ghee has CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) known to help you burn belly fat. Of course, it cannot and will not work alone.
You cannot be a couch potato who doesn’t move and keeps having ghee to lose fat. Your nutrition, lifestyle, movement, sleep quality, and how you manage your stress levels will always work in conjunction with this. CLA is great for heart health, weight loss, blood pressure, and so on.
Ghee is a medium-chain fatty acid that works brilliantly for your liver health. It boosts your metabolic rate and aids fat burn. Eat it in moderation.
I have cholesterol issues – should I eat or avoid it?
It is a myth that ghee will mess up your cholesterol levels. You see most of the data that is put out, is skewed. They tell you ghee is bad, but do they tell you that the person whose cholesterol levels shot up does not work out, has excess junk food, overdoes sugar, does not sleep well, or has chronic stress? How do you blame the ghee? Everything has an impact on cholesterol, not just ghee.
We have hundreds of clients who are using ghee. Their HDL or good cholesterol has shot right up, and LDL and triglycerides are under control. All said, if you have a heart condition, work with your professionals to add the right quality and quantity of fat to your diet.
It has a high smoking point
Every cooking oil and fat medium has a smoke point. It refers to the temperature at which your oil begins to burn and smoke. When your oil or fat medium starts to burn or smoke, you break down all the phytonutrients in the fat source and create oxidation. Anything that oxidizes will produce free radicals – the root cause of inflammation. This is why I cannot tell how much it upsets me to see people cooking Indian food in olive oil. Olive oil has a low smoke point. It is good when used for light sauteeing, salads, or pasta.
Pure ghee, on the other hand, has the highest smoking point at 450 F. This is why it is an excellent medium to cook desi foods or even bake or roast. Switch from refined fats to pure ghee. When you make your own ghee, you not only save money but also enjoy innumerable health benefits.
The magic of butyrate
Ghee has butyrate or butyric acid. It is the same acid that your gut produces when you eat fiber. This nourishes and diversifies your gut microbiome. Ghee has short-chain fatty acids that work beautifully to repopulate bacteria when consumed with fiber.
It improves insulin levels
Ghee also plays a huge role in maintaining healthy insulin levels. When you mix it with white rice or khichdi paired with the combination of a vegetable, you not only make the food you are eating a complete protein but also lower the GI or glycemic index of the carb. It is how food synergy works.
It boosts bone health
When most of us think about bone health, we tend to focus on Vitamin D and calcium. But do we look at how acidic our bodies are? Yes, you need to look after your acid levels. You could be popping all the supplements in the world but if you are highly acidic, you are creating an environment for your blood to leach calcium, D3, and magnesium from your bones. It is why despite being the highest consumers of calcium, D3, and dairy, India and the US have the highest cases of osteoporosis.
You need to look at Vitamin K. This is necessary for bone metabolism and density, heart health, clotting of blood, brain health, and so much more. You can get your source of Vitamin K from your leafy greens, but adding ghee as a cooking medium can enhance its absorption.
Promotes glowing skin
When it comes to your skin, some of the most inexpensive face masks that you can ever make at home consist of haldi (turmeric), ghee, and besan mixed with curd, buttermilk, or water. It is not only a natural moisturizer but also pulls out toxins and reduces tan.
It is a great source of energy
Ghee is an excellent source of energy for your children too. In winter, most farmers have two to three ladoos made with ghee, besan, and jaggery and have energy for the rest of the day. You can see the concept of the ladoo has now gone global where people call it bliss balls and energy balls.
The bottom line
Accept the wisdom of your ancestors. If you do not want to make your own ghee, buy it from a certified and trustworthy brand. Keep your sources pure and clean. Shop for it on our ethical wellness platform here.
Ghee is sold as clarified butter in expensive stores abroad today. It is an ingredient that has existed in our country for the longest time. So embrace it and use it well to build better health.
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