Ghee, also known as clarified butter comes from India. It is a simmered butter; usually made out of cow's milk. In the process of making of Ghee, simmered butter is separated from white residal liquid (Mattha) which has very less fat content. The simmered butter is then heated to separate Ghee from residue. Ghee is used in traditional Indian, Arabic and South East Asia kitchens. Ghee is not only used in kitchens, but also is associated with other health benefits, and it is also a part of several religious rituals.
How does Ghee work on the body? There are several lines of thought and opinions on whether ghee is good or bad for our body and how does it affect our body. Most arguments/discussions validate that Ghee consumption can help and improve metabolism. It also plays an important role in removing toxins from the body.
Health Benefits of Ghee
- Good substitute for lactose intolerant -Ghee is made of milk solids with unhealthy ingredients removed in the process of making it. Therefore, it is healthy fat and most people are tolerant to it.
- Rich in good vitamins A D E K - Ghee is rich in vitamins good for bones and brain.
- Weight loss - Milk used to make ghee comes from grass fed cows which make it rich in CLA and this way it helps weight loss. Ghee consumption helps in reducing bad fats stored in the body.
- Delicious nutrition - Scientists compare ghee with coconut oil as it is rich in nutrient and it can be a great source energy source.
- Improves digestion - Ghee helps to produce butyric acid, and this helps our digestion to become more regular
- Improves immune system - Ghee produces t cells and making immune system more resistant
- Good for the skin - It can be used as a balm and it is suitable for people all ages.
- Ghee/ Clarified butter improves sex life - Ghee keeps the reproductive system of the male and females healthy and improves libido.
- Good for cooking - Ghee has a higher burning point. Unlike other oils, it does not burn in free radicals that are harmful for the health.
More about Ghee
Ghee is known for its long shelf life. It does not turn into rancid, so it is not necessary to keep it refrigerated. Since process of making Ghee involves boiling of milk, Ghee can, according to some sources, last up to hundred years. Also, there are no additives in Ghee, and this makes it safe for storage.
Unlike other fats, Ghee does not raise LDL cholesterol. On the other hand, it helps to increase good HDL cholesterol.
Ghee is rich in healthy calories. One tablespoon of ghee contains 112 calories of which 12.7 are fat. One serving of ghee contains 7.9 grams of saturated fat.
Studies on Ghee's effects
There are several studies on the effects of ghee. According to California College of Ayurveda, the conclusion is the ghee helps with heart diseases. More on the study can be found on the link.
Side effects and risks
So far there are no known bad side effects of Ghee. If used too much it can cause diarrhea.