You must have heard people say that ghee makes you gain weight! Well, that’s not true, besides the weight loss properties, ghee is also loaded with various benefits.
Ghee is one of the most revered foods in Ayurveda and has incredibly therapeutic properties. Ghee is an essential cooking ingredient that we can never have enough of, used in everything from our dal, khichdi to halwas and chapatti. According to macrobiotic nutritionist and health practitioner Shilpa Arora, one of modern cuisine’s biggest mistakes was replacing ghee with fatty refined oils. She claims that “Ghee contains fat-soluble vitamins that promote weight loss.
Keeps you warm
Winters in India are not complete without ghee. Ghee is used in many winter recipes such as gajar ka halwa, moong dal halwa, pinni and panjeeri as according to Ayurveda its consumption helps keep you warm from the inside out.
Good source of energy
According to the book “Healing Foods” by DK-Verlag, ghee is a good source of energy. The medium- and short-chain fatty acids it contains, “among which lauric acid is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent,” are all present. Because of their high energy levels, ladoos filled with ghee are commonly given to nursing mothers.
Good for losing weight
Shilpa Arora claims that ghee is one of the most popular means of oiling, the process of consuming oil gradually. This causes the body to start burning its own fat for fuel, which also helps remove fat-soluble toxins from cells and kick-starts fat metabolism.
Promotes intestinal health
Ghee is a great choice for promoting gut wall health as it is one of the highest quality dietary sources of butyric acid, Shilpa also tells us. Butyric acid is the predominant energy source for colon cells.
Having trouble going to the toilet? Ghee may be able to save you. according to dr Vasant Lad’s book The Complete Book of Home Remedies, milk and ghee are a safe and effective treatment for constipation. The book says that taking 1 or 2 teaspoons of ghee in a cup of hot milk before the evening is a powerful but gentle way to relieve constipation.