We talk a lot about ghee in Ayurveda. It is said to be the best oil to cook with and it turns out there are many good reasons.
First of all, what is it? Ghee is clarified cultured butter. This means it is butter that has been separated out from yogurt/curd. It has then been cooked over a low-medium heat until the water has been evaporated out. During this process, the casein and the lactose have solidified & separated out of the pure milk fat.
Ghee has a very well balanced combination of saturated & unsaturated fats. Fat contents and proportions vary a bit throughout the year and depending upon the cow, but the proportions are about 65% saturated fats, 25% monounsaturated fats and about 5% polyunsaturated fat content. Most of the saturated fat is made up of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and about 3% of that is linoleic acid which has antioxidant properties.
Ghee also has a very high smoke point (482 °F), which makes it a very good cooking oil for all cooking styles. When an oil starts to smoke & burn, it releases free radicals–which damage cells. Since ghee has a high smoke point, it can be heated higher without the risk of oxidizing and forming harmful free radicals. In fact, ghee is very protective of cell membranes and can even repair damage to the membranes.
From the Ayurvedic perspective, desi cow ghee is special because it is the only fat that is said to strengthen the digestive fire. Ghee is also very subtle and so can penetrate deeply into the tissues of the body to increase lubrication and cool inflammation. It is said to be the most important medicine for pitta dosha.
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Ghee was originally created as a method of preserving butter. However, after thousands of years of research and studying its properties, ghee has emerged as one of the most nutritionally-dense substances on the planet. In addition to infusing your meal with its deliciously deep flavor, desi cow ghee is full of vital nutrients and healthy fats. Here’s a breakdown of why you should be consuming desi cow ghee every single day to help your body detox, shed fat, and stay healthy.
Some Reasons Why You Should Use Desi Cow Ghee Every Day
Within Ayurveda, ghee is considered one of the most sattvic foods. Sattvic foods promote positivity, growth & expansion of consciousness.
As with all foods, desi cow ghee holds a certain energy. Garlic & onions have a heavy, tamasic energy; coffee and chocolate have an active, “can do” or rajasic energy. On the other hand, ghee holds a pure or sattvic energy. Sattvic foods are thought to be abundant in prana (the universal life-force). They have a harmonious and peaceful nature. Sattvic foods also support physical strength, a strong & pure mind, good health and longevity.
Ghee contains fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E & K. One tablespoon of ghee can provide approximately 15% of your daily requirements of vitamin A.
Adding a few servings of desi ghee into your day is an excellent way to squeeze in some extra fat-soluble vitamins. It can help boost your intake of vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K, all important nutrients that play a role in everything from maintaining healthy vision to keeping your skin glowing.
This can be especially important if you suffering from any conditions like Crohn’s disease or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), as your body may have difficulty absorbing these fat-soluble vitamins. Desi cow ghee benefits your health by providing a boost of these nutrients to help you meet your daily needs.
Ghee is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as a consistent energy source.
Short to medium chain fats are more easily digestible, and the more easily digestible the fat is, the more accessible it is as an energy source: they are easily turned into ketones, which puts you faster into ketosis.
Healthy fats that contain MCTs like ghee are highly desirable in the ketogenic diet and bulletproof coffee for their benefits in boosting energy and cognitive function.
MCTs also reduce appetite, aid weight loss, and also enhance cells at the mitochondrial level, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, atherosclerosis, with proven benefits for epileptic patients.
MCTs also help in cancer prevention. Cancerous cells feed on glucose. Replacing carbohydrates & sugars with healthy fats as your energy source starves cancer.
Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus helping in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.
Stomach acid, also referred to as gastric acid, is important for the digestive process. When the stomach cannot produce enough acid, key minerals and proteins can not be absorbed into this body. Low stomach acid is medically referred to as hypochlorhydria (Achlorhydria).
If the body does not receive necessary nutrients, you can become vitamin or mineral deficient. Stomach acid is also responsible for killing harmful bacteria from foods & neutralizing enzymes. Low gastric acid can leave the body vulnerable to a number of diseases & health complications.
Ghee’s healthful nature also applies externally. Ghee is great for the skin because of its fatty acids, which help induce hydration to cells. Ghee is used on dry or rough hair and skin to help moisturize and deeply condition. Using ghee in the nose in the form of nasal drops is called Nasya treatment and can help with conditions ranging from migraines and tension headaches to hearing and vision problems. Using ghee in the eyes, Netra Basti, cleanses and relaxes eyes, and helps tear ducts.
Ghee has anti-inflammatory properties both internally and externally. This has allowed for relief when used on burns, cuts, scraps, rashes, wounds, acne, or any other type of burning sensation experienced on the skin.
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How to cook with desi cow ghee
There are several ways to use desi ghee when cooking. Due to its high smoke point, use it when sautéing or frying at a higher temperature. Ghee also has a nutty flavor, which creates a sweet aroma & adds a unique taste to dishes. You can also try:
- Pouring melted ghee over popcorn or drizzling it over fresh steamed vegetables or corn on the cob.
- Allowing desi ghee to harden at room temperature and spreading it over crackers or toast.
- Adding ghee to cooking pans when scrambling eggs to prevent sticking.
- Using desi cow ghee instead of butter for mashed potatoes and baked potatoes.
- Drizzling cow ghee over vegetables before roasting for a caramelized texture.