It is the 1st bday of Anvita’s baby girl. Super excited, she has planned for a party for her friends and family at home. But the icing on the cake is the awesome return gift which she has decided. Can you guess what?
Well, they are cute, tiny glass jars filled with a dollop of desi cow Ghee along with a little note tucked inside explaining the goodness of this traditional superfood. Creative and mindful isn’t it?
Ghee also called Liquid Gold is a treasure house of health benefits and has made a great comeback to the Indian kitchen.
Ghee was ousted as fattening and unhealthy few years back which might be true if it is not consumed in limited amounts. However, if you are eating ghee in portion control, it can do wonders for your body.
So without wasting any time, let us have a look at some of the amazing benefits of this Gold elixir- Ghee:
1. A friend for your gut
A healthy gut means a healthy you! Ghee helps in nourishing your gut and prevents the formation of gastric ulcer. It reduces acidity and thus is a good cure to constant gas formation. It also aids in normal digestion and helps get rid of constipation.
2. Are you having vitamin A, D, E & K deficiency?
If yes, then you should definitely include ghee in your diet. These fat-soluble vitamins are essential for promoting bone, brain and eye health. It is also rich in antioxidants and is just right to maintain a healthy heart.
According to Dr. Deepti Tiwari, Clinical Nutritionist, CK Birla Hospital, Gurgaon, ghee is considered to be ‘positive food’. It gives satiety and taste to food. It also helps in hormonal balance and reduces PMS symptoms.
3. Dreaming of glowing skin and healthy locks?
Consuming ghee adds moisture to your skin and adds a natural glow. You can also use ghee in place of your body and face oil, especially during winters to get rid of dry skin. Similarly, it helps nourish hair making it shiny and healthy.
4. Helps you lose weight
Yes, you heard it right. Ghee is good for weight loss! Nutritionist to celebrities like Kareena Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, Rujuta Diwekar also mentioned in her blog the miracle of ghee in losing weight.
This is because ghee is rich in healthy fats and is readily absorbed by the body. In fact, it is known to stimulate the digestion process which is why it gets metabolized easily in the body.
5. A must for all mom-to-be
Several doctors recommend adding ghee to the daily diet of pregnant women as it is said to be good for the growing fetus.
6. Can lower your cholesterol levels
Studies have found that ghee is anytime better than the fancy vegetable oils and butter available in the market. Ghee contains saturated fat which is also lower in content and can be a healthy option if you are having cholesterol problems.
Ghee has a high smoke point (252℃) far higher than coconut oil, olive oil, butter etc. This makes it ideal for high-temperature cooking. Another important tip is that it is more beneficial to add ghee as tempering over any food rather than cooking the food in it, says Dr. Deepti Tiwari.
7. A great immunity booster
Tend to fall sick too often? Don’t worry, just add some ghee to your meal. Ghee has antioxidants, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties which helps strengthen body’s self-defense mechanism.
Tip: Select the right brand and preferably cow ghee if you want to have a stronger immunity. On the other hand, buffalo ghee is good for healthy bones, dental health and weight gain.
8. Did you burn your hand while cooking?
Do not worry. Apply a little ghee on the spot as ghee accelerates the healing of minor burns.
9. A good lubrication for your joints
Regular consumption of ghee is excellent for joint health as it lubricates and strengthens the bones.
It is also helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
According to Dr. Deepti Tiwari, the recommended daily intake of oil for any person should be 3-4 teaspoon i.e., 15-20 ml, including ghee. Out of that adults can have 1 teaspoon and kids 2 teaspoons of ghee and should never exceed that.
Try to maintain this daily intake and avoid ghee if you have a history of cardiovascular diseases, are overweight or obese.
You are what you eat, so eat healthy and live well!