Ghee, the golden yellow essence of milk cream with a divine nutty aroma is one of the prominent culinary assets of ancient India.
To the rest of the world, it is known as clarified butter and is now becoming the favourite of not only the home cooks but also mainstream chefs and nutritionists as they experience its health benefits and enhanced flavour it brings to the dishes.
It is the purest form of fat extracted from butter by skimming out the milk solids that are formed when melted butter is heated at a bubbling temperature. Unlike butter, ghee can be brought to high temperatures without burning, which makes it a preferred choice of many French cooks to prepare sauces.
When it comes to its health benefits or medicinal values, it is important to mention the amazing healing properties of ghee. The older the ghee is, the better its healing qualities are. It works wonders on our body both externally and internally. In Ayurveda, it is used to heal wounds, bruises, broken bones, severe skin burns, chronic ulcer, gut-related problems and much more.
Ghee may be composed primarily of fats but is an excellent source of Vitamin A, E, D, Omega-3s and other fatty acids that have positive health benefits. The perks of ghee doesn’t stop here; it is an energy booster, it is good for your heart, reduces inflammation, has antioxidant properties, it is an anti-cancer substance, good for eye health, promotes healthy skin, improves your immunity and can also be consumed by lactose intolerants as the dairy residue is skimmed off in its making process.
According to recent studies, ghee also plays a vital role in weight loss. Ghee has a type of omega-6 fatty acids which when consumed regularly and moderately helps in building lean body mass by reducing body fat thereby aiding in weight loss. I am sure it is nothing less than a piece of breaking news for all the weight watchers out there.
Now, that is a lot of unexpected health benefits to expect from a form of fat, I agree. But the fact is I haven’t even covered half of the benefits yet. Yes, that’s how important this medicinal fat is for our body. Having said that, it is crucial to mention that ghee is made purely of fat and its excessive consumption can damage your health than benefiting it.
Ghee is nourishing and healing but use it in moderation to enjoy its benefits. Next time you think of buying butter, try ghee instead and see the wonders it does to your food and for your body.