Ghee is useful for those dealing with medical issues, from autoimmune protocol to autism. People with awful illnesses use ghee, and a big part of our mission is to make it accessible and affordable because these people–the ones who need ghee–are the reason Suresh Desi Ghee exists. Ghee gives them a sense of flavor and normalcy in their diet, which they haven’t had until now.” We’re proud of what we do.
We’re not the only ones given to waxing poetic about ghee, so we collected some of our favorite wordsmiths putting the goodness that is ghee the best.
“In Ayurvedic wisdom, religions or the kitchens of India, Ghee is center for our culture. I often stood by my grandma, chin on the kitchen table, watching her make a holy drink on festive occasions. Milk, yogurt, sugar, honey and the fifth element of Panchamrit, the Sanskrit word for five elixirs, is ghee. I loved the taste. I still do. If she ever heard me sniffing, she would run into the kitchen and come back with what she’s call a magic potion, a teaspoon of warm ghee mixed with two to three ground black peppercorns. It worked wonders. It still does.” –Shivangana Vasudeva, NDTV Food.
“There’s something magical about the golden color of freshly made ghee resting in a Mason jar on my counter. I love the nutty, rich fragrance of the ghee-making process, and I know, as I dip my knife into the jar to spread ghee on my toast or add it to a sauté pan, that I’m introducing this high-quality oil into all my cells. In Ayurveda, ghee–especially when made from grass-fed, organic, unsalted butter–is the purest essence of the earth element.” –Erin Casperson, Faculty, Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health
Some Reasons Why Desi Cow Ghee is Life
- Ghee has been used for thousands of years to treat burns, minor scrapes and to stop nose bleeds.
- Ghee is a useful carrier of other nutritional components like vitamins and nutrients, used to deliver herbal jams, medicated extracts, and other ingestible treatments.
- Digestion and metabolism both benefit from eating desi ghee, especially when dietary restrictions make eating other animal fats impossible, uncomfortable, or just plain unappetizing.
- You’ll have to decide for yourself, but many claim ghee lubricates connective tissues, strengthens the nervous system, and improves memory.
- Ghee contains a wealth of fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K, plus other beneficial components including short- and medium-chain fatty acids.
- Ghee is a nutrient-rich, saturated animal fat, and when taken in the proper proportion, boosts the immune system.
- Ghee is gluten free and can be extremely beneficial for those with IBS, Crohn’s, and certain pancreatic disorders.
- When it comes to the food that fuels our bodies, everyone is different. If you find ghee benefits your health.
Ghee is used for centuries in Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine, but recently has caught lots of attention in the health and wellness space. But why? What’s so special about ghee? What are the benefits?
Full of vitamins
Ghee has abundant amounts of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. These work together to keep the heart, brain and bones function properly. Ghee is also rich in dietary fats, which help the body absorb these essential vitamins and use them optimally.
Ghee has much lower fat content and has the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the serum and intestine. Researchers from the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, found that rats, which were fed diets containing more than 2.5 per cent ghee, had lower levels of serum cholesterol compared to those fed diets containing groundnut oil.
Gives you energy
This flavourful kitchen staple is a powerhouse of energy and gives you 470 KJ (Kilojoules) energy per tablespoon. It is full of medium-chain fatty acids, which the liver directly absorbs and burns as energy. The energy release process continues hours after you have consumed it.
Ghee is rich in antioxidants, which helps in absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body. It supports the production of T cell in the gut, which helps the immune system fight against allergens and foreign particles that enter the body. It also boosts the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, thus boosting the body’s immunity.
Prevents chronic diseases
Ghee contains huge amounts of vitamin A that work efficiently in eliminating free radicals from the body. The antioxidant when combined with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and butyric acid in ghee becomes a powerful anticancer substance that could help reduce oxidative stress in the body. Furthermore, these two acids also help in preventing many diseases as well.
Maintain Healthy Weight + Boost Detoxification
Once ingested, the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) found in ghee help burn the toxic/bad fats in our body by attracting stubborn fat-soluble toxins from our cells and helping to flush them out. This enhance fat metabolism is great for those trying to shed pounds, or maintain a healthy weight. Also, it is important to note that consuming fat does not make you fat- it’s absolutely essential for a healthy body.
Improve Digestive Function
When we digest fiber, the awesome small bugs in our gut actually make the active ingredient in ghee – butyric acid – on their own. They use it to keep the gut healthy, detoxified, properly sealed, and they also gobble it up as a source of energy. Because of this, once we ingest ghee it is in a familiar environment and our body knows exactly what to do with it. Many people with leaky gut or other digestive issues have a severe lack of butyric acid – so supplementing with ghee is a great way to increase levels and improve digestion. Ghee also stimulates the release of gastric acid, supports healthy insulin levels & encourages the generation of new (and the flushing out of oil) bile.
How can you use ghee in your diet?
Ghee can be used as a alternative to most cooking oils in your diet. From sautéing veggies to using to fry the tadka that accompanies Indian curries; from frying spices and condiments to drizzling over soups and salads; from using it as a spread or substituting it as a baking ingredient, you can use it in any recipe that calls for cooking oil. What’s more, it tastes delicious. However, keep in mind that the ideal intake for ghee every day is around 15-20 gm per person. Make sure that your daily intake is no more than this.
What is the best way to store ghee?
You can store desi ghee either in the refrigerator or outside in the kitchen. If you’re storing it outside, make sure it is kept away from direct sunlight & is also not exposed to water. Keep it in an airtight box, to prevent dampness from the air around to seep in. If you are storing it in the refrigerator, make sure the container is tightly closed – you don’t want any water droplets seeping in. Also, if you need to use it, leave out to melt naturally for 15-20 minutes and then cook with it.