Today’s generation (including me) consider Ghee as Fattening Agent. I, however, learnt about the benefits during my pregnancy. When my doctor suggested me to have 1 tsp of Desi Ghee for its health benefits and meditative qualities. (Though this advice also included avoiding other fried and oily stuff.) If you are health conscious and avoid using butter or GHEE in your diet, this post is for you. Keep reading to know more about Why we should not avoid Ghee or clarified butter. Also, how can We add it in our daily lives in a healthy way? #SuperFoodsforHealthyYou!
Even our elders at home advice having 1-2 teaspoon of pure Desi Cow Milk Ghee for the same. A spoon of Desi Ghee ‘tadka’ tempering is always added in dals and it is considered healthy in our home. But having said that if we do not control the quantity, we might face weight gain. But 1 spoon of pure desi ghee daily has its own health goodness and one should never skip that. Hence it is always recommended to add Ghee/clarified butter in our diet.
Health benefits of adding Ghee or Clarified Butter in your diet
- Ghee is good for our bone strengthening and muscle growth, for its fat-soluble nutrients like Vitamin A and E.
- In the case of arthritis, the doctor advised my mom to have a tsp of Desi Ghee in her diet to keep the joints lubricated and prevent it from inflammation.
- Traditionally Ghee has been used in body massage too. I remember my mother massaging my new-born niece with Ghee in winters. Ghee can be applied all over the body, head, chest, limbs and stomach. It is said, that apart from keeping warm will penetrate the deeper tissues and heal them.
- It is also known to have characteristics that enhance gastric juices which in turn means better digestion and ease out bowel movements. By keeping a proper digestive system it directly impacts our overall health.
- Ghee or clarified butter is one of the best home remedies to cure dry cracked lips or skin. Only a gentle massage with a few drops of Ghee does its wonders.
- For its amazing medicinal properties, it is also used as a base in many Ayurvedic medicines
Did you know that Ghee/clarified butter is a good source of memory boosting omega-3 fats and is specifically rich in DHA?
To give you some background on DHA. It is the most popular omega-3 fatty acid which is essential under fats category. Also this need to be derived from our diet as our body cannot produce it on our own. So, most of us turned to fish oils, flax seeds, and walnuts.
The recommended amount of ghee for weight loss
“The word ‘ghee’ comes from Sanskrit word ‘ghrita’ which meaning sprinkled. That should just be how we should use ghee or clarified butter. Just sprinkle it over our foods!”
Remember that excess of anything is bad! So why to push the limits with ghee, even if we love it? Even the nutritionists suggest restricting our consumption to 2 teaspoons a day. It would be better if we feature Ghee in tempering, as this way it gets distributed among the family. Also the to 2 teaspoons a day doesn’t mean the rest of the food is fired or cheesy.
They key to consume the right amount of Ghee is to maintain a balance. If you are eating other fried food avoid Ghee or vice-versa.
Quick tip to add Ghee or Clarified Butter in your Diet
An easy way to include ghee would be in rotis or parathas (within the limit), as tempering in Dals or subzis.
If you are not looking for weight gain, then should ideally avoid pure ghee Indian Sweets. As they overshoot the fat content and sugar allowance.
Some Interesting yet Healthy recipes of Ghee/Clarified butter
What could be a better way to incorporate the yummies of ghee in a recipe than to create an immunity-boosting and nourishing cauliflower soup?
Chop cauliflower and season with olive oil and salt. Roast it for 30 minutes, this will make the base of this healthy soup. Heat a deep pan, add some ghee- add ginger, garlic, turmeric powder along with the roasted veggies. Add coconut milk along with water or vegetable stock. Blend it together in a blender. Serve hot with your favorite dressing.
This recipe from Wu Haus calls for some powerful Ayurvedic ingredients- like Shatavarii, ashwagandha, and ghee. All these promote our well-being and help relieve stress and illness. I never have Shatavarii, ashwagandha in my kitchen and I tried making this soup without these two and it still tastes amazing. In case you have these available, add them along with coconut milk.
So, add Ghee clarified butter in your diet today.
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