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Is Ghee in your Diet Good for your Health?

By Ram N Kumar | Food and Nutrition | Posted on :   12-Mar-2022

Ghee has been an intrinsic part of the Indian diet for ages, but now the importance of Ghee as a part of our daily nutrition is on a decline. Ghee or Ghrita, a form of clarified butter, is often considered to be harmful for health. It somehow has become unpopular and unpreferred for people following a ‘modern’ lifestyle.
But, before one adds or removes something from their diet, especially something that has been used for centuries by our ancestors, it is important to ask if it is really that bad for you? Is Ghee (Gharita) is really that bad for your health and the concerns about its effects on the body true?
This is how Ayurveda answers these questions:
Ghee is Not Bad for Health
While the mainstream health industry argues against the use of Ghee (Ghrita) and touts it as unnecessary fat. Ayurveda healthcare advocates that it is a very good source of nutrition for the body.

Yes, it is a form of fat but if you trust the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda, one can rest assured that having Ghee will not result in gain of inches around your waist. This is not a claim without validation, the underlying science is that Ghee (Gharita) has short-chain fatty acids and a very high boiling point.

Thus these fatty acids do not break down into free radicals even if you use them for deep frying food. Plus, when it enters your system it nourishes your body as well as contributes to the wellness of your mind. The fact is that many Ayurvedic medicines are prepared with Ghee as the primary ingredient.
It All Starts in The Gut
If you face problems with your digestive system like constipation, pain, acidity, etc., Ghee could be your best ally. When one consumes Ghee, it acts as suitable lubrication to help the movement of stools. Having Ghee leads to more butyric acid in your system, which not only keeps your digestion strong but also helps in building immunity.
Ghee (Ghrita) is considered a Satvic food as per Ayurveda and Cow’s Ghee has been given special importance in traditional Ayurveda medicine.
Can Lactose Intolerant have Ghee?
A growing number of people around the world are being found to be lactose intolerant. However, this condition has nothing to do with Ghee. During the process of making ghee, the milk solids or Lactose parts of the milk are removed. This makes the final product fit for consumption for those whose guts do not react well to dairy products.
Weight Loss and Ghee
Ghee is undoubtedly good fat. It not only provides nourishment to your body but, also helps you burn the stored fat in the body. Ghrita enema is a common practice amongst Ayurveda practitioners, as this process leads to detoxification in the body. So get rid of the misconception that having Ghee would derail weight loss.
It is suggested that one can safely consume about 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of Ghee in a day. Trust Ayurveda science of healthcare and start including at least 1 teaspoon of Ghee in your diet from today and see the change in your health.
Ayurveda brings thousands of years of knowledge and wisdom its ancient yet effective methods are very relevant even in the changing lifestyle. Used right, it could be very helpful in healing as well as preventing diseases. So, trust the ancient science of Ayurveda for a healthier and happier life.
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Ram N Kumar

CEO, NirogStreet & Ayurveda Expert

He is a proactive evangelist of Ayurveda whose aim is to make Ayurveda the first call of treatment

Disclaimer - The aim of the article is just to convey information to you. Use any medicine, therapy, herb or fruit please do it under the guidance of a qualified Ayurveda doctor.