Ghee or Clarified butter, Good or Bad for Health?

gheeSumptuous! was the aroma of pranthas cooked in desi ghee(clarified butter) by grandma. She used to make all family kids sit in line on kitchen floor and we all were served mouth-watering salt, carom seeds and coriander pranthas (layered chapatis) with traditional masala chaye(tea) in early winter mornings. Wow!
while writing, Missing that cosy kitchen, aromatic flavor of layered chapatis getting mixed with fragrance of cardamom and cloves in hot tea and watching smoke rushing towards chimney to move out as if it was in a hurry to fly in open sky and above all, adorable Grandma, for whom serving fresh and hot food  was the way to express her love for us.
Ghee has been an important ingredient of Indian cooking since ages. With advancement of technology and time, refined and processed foods took over authentic ingredients of Indian kitchen. Our ancestors used to believe that having ghee in one or the other form keeps our digestive system healthy. It improves digestion power. Ghee is made up of short chain fatty acids which can be digested easily. This helps in breaking down of fat too.
Although it holds numerous benefits but then also Ghee is the ingredient that has always been one of the most misunderstood foods in India and it has always been involved into a myth, specifically when it comes to weight gain. It is a common thought that fat makes us fat but the reality is Ghee does not make us fat, if used in a right way and proportion.
Vitamins A, D, E, and K are present in Ghee. These vitamins are fat-soluble which means Ghee helps in absorption of these vitamins. Moreover clarified butter has MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids ) , which is better than PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) found in oils like corn, sunflower, cottonseed oils etc. Thus making Ghee a better choice than these oils. It doesn’t contains lactose, hence it is safe for lactose intolerant people.
Our elders believed that balanced intake of clarified butter provides lubrication to muscles and joints, It nourishes body tissues and is suitable for people of all ages. It strengthens our sense organs, improves immunity. It strengthens the quality and tone of our voice.
Ghee when consumed with high calorie foods becomes a reason for weight gain. People who want to gain weight should try consuming calorie dense food along with ghee. For the people who are into the race of loosing weight, for sure ghee also can help in weight loss. It all depends upon its use and quantity. When taken in combination with a with a sensible diet, it actually aids in weight loss.
These were the benefits of intake of clarified butter. Not only it nourishes the body from inside but it helps to increase the luster of skin from outside too. This is my personal experience and I can swear by this, that massaging a tsp of warm ghee on face every night before sleeping, gives marvelous results by lightning dark circles under eyes, removing pigmentation from face, clearing pimple marks. Doing this regularly for few nights, leaves skin soft, supple and radiant. It’s an excellent rescue from dry skin. Specially in winters, massage warm ghee on whole body an hour before taking bath. No moisturizer could ever challenge the softness left by ghee on skin. It gives a sheen to dry skin. Excellent!

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