Don’t say no when your mother adds a tiny spoon of ghee/clarified butter to your favorite food. It is a myth that you will put on weight if you add some ghee to your everyday diet. In fact, the greasy and yummy ingredient has several health benefits. Read on to know the 9 benefits of ghee.
1. According to several nutritionists, ghee helps in digestion. It secretes stomach acids that help in digestion and doesn’t make you lethargic like other fatty oils do.
2. Do you have a vitamin deficiency? If yes, you should be adding ghee to your meal. It is abundant in vitamin A & E.
3. Cholesterol is classified into two kinds — good and bad. Well, ghee is the good cholesterol that acts as a healing agent for your body.
4. Several doctors recommend adding ghee to the daily diet of women, especially those who are pregnant. It is said to be good for the growing fetus.
5. It is an antioxidant with anti-viral properties.
6. If you fall sick quite often and you feel the need to improve your immune system, add a pinch of ghee to your food. Ayurvedic physicians and researchers have said that ghee helps build your immune system.
7. According to Ayurveda studies, ghee is considered to be ‘positive food’. It is considered to be satvic, when compared to fatty oils.
8. Did you burn your hand while cooking? Do not worry. Apply a little ghee on the burnt area to heal quickly.
9. Ghee has several ayurvedic ingredients that make your skin glow.
10. Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as energy. Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source.
11. Ghee contains a significant level of butyric acid, an anti-carcinogenic short-chain fatty acid. Butyric acid has been shown to inhibit the growth of mammary tumors.
12. Ghee may actually be protective against heart disease. Ghee is rich in conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, a fatty acid known to be protective against carcinogens, artery plaque and diabetes. Because of these benefits, researchers say ghee can potentially be used to help prevent cardiovascular diseases.