Ghee has incredible healing properties. According to researchers, “Ghee consists of fat soluble vitamins, which aid weight loss. Ghee also plays a key role in balancing hormones and maintaining healthy cholesterol. Ghee also has a high heat point, which prevents it from producing free radicals that damage cell function.”The presence of desi ghee in our daily life is humongous even today, with every foodie reaching out for a spoonful of this dairy wonder, to top their dishes.
Why Is Desi Ghee Healthy?
One teaspoon of ghee contains:
- Calories: 42
- Protein: 0 grams
- Fat: 5 grams
- Carbohydrates: 0 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Sugar: 0 grams
Ghee is a good source of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
Benefits of Ghee
- Helps You Keep Warm From Winters: Ghee is an integral part of Indian winters. Ghee helps you keep warm from within; which is perhaps why it is extensively used in many winter preparations like gajjar ka halwa, moong dal halwa, pinni and panjeeri.
- Support Heart Health: Though ghee is rich in fat, it contains high concentrations of monounsaturated Omega-3s. These support a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. Studies show that using ghee as a part of a balanced diet can help reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels.
- Boost Digestion: Ghee is a powerhouse of short-chain fatty acids known as butyric acid which helps in breaking down of food more effectively, even while stimulating digestive enzymes. It is perhaps one of the few food products with natural butyric acid which can soothe and heal the digestive tract for better functioning.
- Alternate For Lactose Products: Ghee is created by removing milk solids. Because of this, it contains only trace amounts of lactose and casein, which are milk sugars and proteins. Ghee is a good source of fat for people who are lactise intolerance.
- Good For Intestinal Health: Ghee happens to be one of the highest quality food sources of butyric acid, which makes it an ideal pick to support the health of the intestinal walls. The cells of the colon use butyric acid as their preferred source of energy.
- Heals Urticaria: These are sudden breakouts on the skin, that appear like small bumps on the surface often caused due to insect bites, allergies or even stress. Ayurveda recommends applying pure desi ghee on the affected areas for immediate relief from itchiness. It also prescribes consuming half-a-spoon desi ghee mixed in one spoon black pepper powder daily on empty stomach to treat the problem permanently.
- Good For Eye Sight: Regular intake of ghee improves vision, owing to its good amounts of vitamin A. Ayurveda strongly recommends ‘Tarpana’ a procedure in which ghee is applied around the eyes, to strengthen the power. The traditional practitioners use ghee along with triphala or with honey for the external application to improve the eyesight.