Ghee: Myths and Facts
Do you know there are some myths and facts going on with the Basic ingredient of Indian kitchen, Ghee.
Sir, You must cut down on Ghee and Oily stuff..!!
People trying to lose weight start by shunning out fats. The first thing to go off the shelf is Ghee.
Let’s Know What Ghee Really Is-
Ghee is 99.9 percent fat and 1 percent moisture with some fat-soluble vitamins and charred milk protein fractions. Ghee is a saturated fat but it is good fat. Unlike the saturated fat, you eat in cheese, pizzas, biscuits, etc. Since it is saturated, it does not get spoiled when kept in room temperature. As per the studies conducted to understand the fatty acids composition, Ghee is a very good source of omega 3 fatty acid. It should be consumed daily as our body cannot make it.
Let’s talk about the major myths prevailing from decades about ghee which is a close relative of clarified butter.
1. Ghee Causes Weight Gain and Obesity
This is the vaguest myths going around about ghee. Since ghee is rich in Omega 3 (DHA) and Omega 6 (CLA), which have shown to increase the Lean Body Mass While Reducing the fat mass. Ghee is filled with essential amino acids. It can shrink the size of fat cells. Ghee also helps in mobilizing fat cells to be burnt for energy. Ghee is perhaps the only fat which improves digestion and metabolism. Hence, if your body accumulates fat, adding ghee in your diet can be beneficial.
2. Lactose-Intolerant People Should Stay Away From Ghee
Filtering out the milk solids makes ghee lactose– and casein-free. Lactose-intolerant people (with the exception of very severe cases) are often able Ghee. Ghee is the least likely dairy product to cause unpleasant intolerance symptoms. Pure ghee (99 -99.5% pure butter oil) may have trace amounts of casein and lactose remaining, but unless a person is extremely sensitive, it will normally not cause problems, even if other dairy does.
3. Ghee Lubricates Joints
You must have heard it from several diet gurus and your friends that follow them oh so avidly! What lubricates our joints is Synovial Fluid. And what constitutes synovial fluid is mostly suspended connective tissues and Hyaluronic acid. Ghee or as a matter of fact any other fat has got nothing to do with your joints and their lubrication directly or indirectly!
4. It causes Heart strokes
Biggest myth ever! Ghee is rich in Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), antioxidants and vitamins like A, E, D. All of these are essential to maintaining good heart health. Ghee also contains the ideal Linoleic/Alpha Linoleic acid ratio (LA/ALA) which is crucial for preventing heart disease. So how is it bad for the heart? Your guess is as good as ours.
Ghee also has a high smoking point that prevents good fats from degenerating into harmful compounds that can be potentially toxic for our health.
So, feel free to reach out to your tub of pure ghee and use it on a daily basis instead of only those special occasion. As suggested by doctors, 1 or 2 small spoons of Ghee is advisable. Just remember not to go overboard. After all, too much of anything is never too good.