Ghee has been used in Indian cuisine for centuries and is really clarified butter. Regular butter is boiled and then the top butter mass is removed which makes this a healthier option than butter. Unlike certain oils, Ghee can be heated to 250 degrees without any breakdown in consistency. Ghee is known to be an elixir in Ayurveda and is considered to be the pure butter option that is served to the Gods, especially Lord Krishna as per Hindu tradition.
Ghee contains Vitamins A, D, K and special fatty acids (healthiest form of saturated fat available) that improves the functioning of the brain. Ghee does not contain milk solids and can be used by those who are lactose intolerant. Below are some more of the ways ingestion of Ghee will impact your body:
It has an abundance of Vitamin A (good for vision) and Vitamin E (anti-oxidant that slows down aging along with having a nourishing impact on your skin making it soft and supple).
Ghee contains Butyric acid which helps to deal with any digestive imbalances.
According to Ayurveda, consuming Ghee helps to keep you warm from inside, which is why it is used in a number of Indian sweets especially during the winter months.
Fats, Proteins, and Carbohydrates are the three macronutrients that are essential for a healthy body. Ghee is in the category of good fats like Avocado as it helps pull fat soluble toxins out of the cells and triggers fat metabolism.
It helps with Constipation. According to an esteemed Ayurvedacharya, “taking one to two teaspoons of Ghee in a cup of hot milk at bedtime is an effective but gentle means of relieving constipation”.
If consumed in small quantities, Ghee can be good for lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol, making it conducive for heart health too.
One of the most important benefits of Ghee is its ability to increase the life-force energy in the body. According to Ayurveda, Ghee supplies the mind and body with Ojas or vitality. Ojas is the life force energy that we all possess that keeps us alive and healthy but can be depleted by age, stress, poor nutrition, and accumulated toxins. Ghee nourishes at the most fundamental levels of mind-body-spirit.
In Ayurveda, Ghee has been used as a detoxifying agent at both the physical and emotional levels. It lubricates the body and the intestines and promotes regular bowel movements for elimination in healthy individuals.
Ghee can be used in stews, curries, lentils and soups. In India, it is also used while cooking vegetables, spread over Chappatis (Indian bread) and in desserts/sweets. It is true that for some the taste of Ghee might take a bit to get used to, however, it is recommended due to its many health benefits.
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