New Delhi: Many people have a misconception about this golden substance – here, we are referring to ‘ghee’, the Indian version of clarified butter. Although ghee has long been considered as one of the healthiest fats in Ayurveda, some feel that ghee is fattening and dangerous for the health. Actually, ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is so good for the mind and the body, especially if consumed within an ideal range or as recommended. Read: 4 surprising benefits of eating khichdi
But, you must note that we are talking about pure, home-made ‘ghee’, especially ghee made from cow’s milk, which is full of essential nutrients and fatty acids. Here are some amazing health benefits of ghee:
Ghee is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid that may be beneficial to the digestive tract. Unlike other fats like oils or butter, ghee does not hamper digestion process. In fact, ghee has been shown to improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestion. Read: Five superfoods for glowing skin, healthy hair and nails
Studies have shown that ghee can help reduce cholesterol both in the serum and intestine. The fat content in ghee is low and may be a healthier choice for you if you have problems with cholesterol.
Boosts immune system
Ghee also contains antioxidants, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This increases your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, which helps strengthen the immune system. Also, the butyric acid in ghee enhances the production of killer T cells in the gut, thereby promoting a strong immune system.
Improves heart health
Ghee possesses good amounts of vitamins A, D, E and K, which are fat-soluble vitamins and important for the immune system functioning of the heart, brain and bones. Although ghee contains saturated fat, studies have also shown it is unlikely to harm the heart health when taken in moderate amounts.
If you want to lose weight, adding ghee to your diet may be a good option to shed those pounds because it is low in fat and is easier to digest as well. Ghee is rich in healthy fats and essential amino acids, which help you to lose weight and keep it off. Read: Three high-calorie foods that will help you burn fat fast
Ghee is also good for the eyes in many ways. It is said that eating ghee on a regular basis can help improve eyesight. It also helps in the functioning of the eyelids, extraocular muscles, and tear. Smearing a little bit of ghee under the eye can help combat eye discomfort or irritation.