Superfood – Ghee
Superfoods are specific foods mostly plant-based also some fish and dairy, which are found to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health.
Ghee was always considered most important ingredient of our diet since ancient times in India. It was an all-round solution for a healthy and disease free body. Later, after being misunderstood as a source of fat, it got its due credit in recent times as a superfood which has a high nutritious value.
An interesting fact about Ghee is that its origin is from India and was a widely used Ayurvedic medicine with excellent healing properties until now.
How is Ghee formed?
Ghee is simply a clarified butter formed by heating butter to separate the water and milk solids leaving behind golden coloured fat. The remaining fat is an easily digestible and nutritious residue with a subtle aroma. Ghee extracted from desi cow’s milk is considered the most nutritious and high quality ghee.
Let’s go through various points to understand why is ghee a magic potion from the history of Indian food diaries:
Contains Fat-Soluble Vitamins
Our body can metabolise fat-soluble vitamins through high fat foods and not in water. The absorption of these vitamins is necessary for a healthy body. Ghee is a natural source for fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A and E which are a strong anti-oxidants. Vitamin A and D help in immune function as well as in bone health and development. Ghee contains a uniquely absorbable form of Vitamin D that helps with the proper functioning of the synapses in the brain.
The cows which feed on grass provide us with Vitamin K2 rich ghee. Women with a diet focused on Vitamin K2 close to their conception, deliver babies with more symmetrical faces and healthy teeth. Thus, if you are family planning, do keep in mind to include a healthy diet of grass-fed cow ghee as well.Vitamin K2 and healthy babies
High Smoke Point
The smoke point of a fat is the highest amount of temperature where it begins to smoke and its fatty acids are oxidised. The oxidised radicles formed beyond the smoke point are harmful and also give bad taste. Ghee has a higher smoke point which makes it better than other oils and butter. It is a natural fat with a stable chemical structure that keeps it unaltered in high heat.
Source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) is naturally available in Ghee which has shown to be beneficial for an improved heart, weight, and blood glucose regulation amongst other health benefits. CLA in the body helps to regulate blood glucose by lowering adiponectin concentrations which in turn increase insulin sensitivity which is good for patients with diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It has been shown to increase lean body mass (muscle) while decreasing fat tissue in obese individuals by modifying testosterone in the body.
Source of Butyric acid
Butyric acid or butyrate is a short chain fatty acid naturally occurring in Ghee. It has an anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a detoxifier which helps in improved colon health. Butyric acid naturally occurring in ghee also proves to support healthy insulin levels and individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can find relief with it.
Improved Digestive system
Ghee helps in reducing the excess stomach acid formation; lubricates and repair the ‘cilia’ – hair-like structures that line the stomach walls. It aids in providing natural medicinal lubricant to your stomach lining.
Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids
Ghee helps in detoxing the body by eliminating petrochemicals, pesticides and heavy metals due to its Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acid anti-oxidant content. Stimulation of bile release via saturated fats like ghee, encourage detox, balanced hormones, and weight loss.
Can be taken by Lactose intolerants
Ghee due to its process of conversion by heating butter has a very less amount of lactose present. Due to its low lactose content, a lactose intolerant person can start consuming ghee for its benefits under the guidance of a medical practitioner.
Above mentioned nutritional details regarding desi cow ghee must have cleared your doubts and proves that Ghee is indeed a superfood. Start adding it into your diet in suitable quantities and enjoy its benefits and a healthy body. We at Pratham Foods, manufacture high quality Desi Cow ghee know as ‘Satva Ghee’ available online on our website and on Amazon market place.