Ghee, also known as clarified butter, is obtained by heating butter until its water content gets evaporated and fat is separated; leaving behind only milk solids. Milk solids upon simmered heating acquire delightful aroma and a nutty taste. Ghee is a rich source of nutrition such as Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids; vitamins like A, D, E and K.
Ghee has been considered as a superfood due to its extremely beneficial properties, it can be consumed by infants after the age of 6 months. Its consumption by lactose intolerant babies in which the baby develops allergic reactions against milk and milk products is safe as it is prepared by removing milk solids.
Ghee portions recommended for infants:
|Age||Portion||No. of servings|
|6 months||½ teaspoon||2|
|8 months||¾ to 1 teaspoon||2|
|10 months||1 to ¼ teaspoon||3|
|1 year||1 to 1 ½ teaspoon||3|
|2 year||1 ½ to 2 teaspoons||3|
- Ghee for absorbing fat-soluble vitaminsGhee is a source of good fat and helps in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins from the food intake by infants. Fat – soluble vitamins remains stored in the body with body fat until they are required for the body’s metabolic functions. Vitamin E, A, D and K are fat-soluble vitamins, which has important benefits promoting baby’s growth.
2. Ghee solves digestive issues
A baby’s digestive system is extremely sensitive, and their system gets easily stressed if something is harsh on their bowel. Amongst the all the fats, ghee is an easily digestible and a healthy source of fat. Giving a spoon full of ghee every day to the baby will help solve digestive issues as it will support the bowel movement and will help baby get rid of painful constipation.3. Ghee as an energy booster
A baby’s lifestyle requires high energy in their growing age, 30 to 35 percent of calories that a baby need came from fat. Babies can get their extra dose of energy from ghee as it is loaded with calories which is the form of good fats. The taste of ghee is usually liked by babies and can be easily fed to them mixed in their normal diet.
4. Ghee boosts immunity:
Adding an optimum amount of ghee in baby’s food as suggested above can help build immunity for babies. Being so young, they are vulnerable to easily catching infections and diseases. Ghee which comprises of antioxidants provides that nutrition to make a baby immune from catching these health problems.
5. Ghee helps in brain development:
An infant’s brain goes through a massive amount of change and development between the conception and age of 3. A child’s brain has twice more synapses as it will have in adulthood. Hence, ghee which has docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) promote the development of brain in babies and is one of the most beneficial points to add ghee into their diet.
6. Ghee for treating dry cough
Dry cough is a common ailment amongst babies, which can be effectively treated by ghee. The recipe to cure dry cough of babies is, heat three teaspoons of ghee in a pan and add some fresh smashed peppercorns in it when ghee is hot. Sieve the peppercorn-ghee mixture and feed it to the baby for the whole day. This homemade remedy is not harmful to the baby and gives instant relief.
As we all know ghee if consumed in right quantities is considered to be a boon for a healthy diet plan. Ghee, being so beneficial for infants should every mother’s first choice. We at Pratham foods present you SATVA GHEE which is available online on our website and Amazon marketplace.