‘Clarified Butter’ or ‘Ghee’ is a staple in South-Asian cuisines and often used instead of butter. Ghee is prepared by drying out the liquid content of butter completely until a nutty residue is left. Apart from its usage in the culinary industry, Ghee is also used in religious rituals and Ayurvedic medicines throughout South Asia. Here are 10 amazing benefits of Ghee you may not know about.
1) Ghee Is Easier To Digest For Lactose Intolerant People
Ghee has very low amounts of Casein and Lactose, two main ingredients found in dairy products that trigger the symptoms of lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerant people have been observed to consume Ghee with little or no side effects.
2) Ghee Is A Great Source Of Vitamins
Ghee is rich in vitamins A, D, E and K. In fact one tablespoon of Ghee can take care of almost 15% of daily vitamin A requirement. These vitamins promote stronger bones, stronger teeth, smoother skin and better overall health.
3) Ghee Can Reduce Risks Of Heart Disease And Diabetes
Ghee contains high amounts of Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA. CLA has been known to improve heart health and protect against diabetes. CLA can improve insulin resistance thus preventing blood sugar abnormalities in the body.
4) Ghee Helps In Digestion And Prevents Digestive Tract Inflammation
Ghee is a rich source of Butyric Acid. It is known help break down fibre, lessen digestive tract inflammation and it also helps in repairing mucosal wall. As Ghee improves metabolism, appetite is also increased.
5) Ghee Could Help In Weight Loss
According to a study, regular consumption of Ghee instead of oils and butter can lead to weight loss over a longer period of time. This benefit is, however, only derived from Ghee made of grass fed cow milk.
6) Ghee Has A High Boiling Point
You may be thinking what boiling point has to do with benefits but actually does. Ghee has a boiling point of 250 degree Centigrade much higher than butter or other kinds of oils commonly used for cooking. Most oils release free radicals near the boiling point temperature which can be bad for our health. Ghee has no such problems.
7) Ghee Can Last For Years
Theoretically, well preserved Ghee can last up to 100 years without the need of refrigeration. So you can buy some and consume a little evry day without having to hork it down all at once if expiry date gets closer.
8) Consumption Of Ghee Can Lead To Healthy Beautiful Babies
Ghee contains K2 vitamin, an essential component needed for healthy baby growth. Mothers that consume vitamin K2 during pregnancy give birth to children with wider symmetrical skull structure. This provides teeth enough room to be set properly.
9) Ghee Could Be The Surprise Weapon Against Cancer
There is a growing consensus that CLA found in Ghee could be effective in preventing and battling cancer. Although the exact results are not researched yet, the prospect looks promising.
10) Ghee Gives Great Energy
The medium chain fatty acid present in Ghee gives a great energy boost. Sportsmen have been known to consume Ghee before events for this very reason.
So these are the 10 benefits you can derive from Clarified Butter or Ghee. Do keep in mind though that only one or two tablespoons of Ghee per day is important for getting the best out of it. Also, only Ghee made from grass fed cow milk has the potential to be a superfood. Now that you know what Ghee can do for you, will you scrap butter for good?