If god forbid somebody gets diagnosed with any sort of heart disease in India the very first food item to be blamed for this is “Desi Ghee” So what is this ghee and how much of this blame is true or is it really so dangerous that it could kill someone from the heart attack. We will try to get to the bottom of this. Our team did a deep research on this and we will break down the facts and soon you will be able to decide if Desi ghee is healthy or dangerous.
At Oye Gabruu (OG) we care for our readers and hence before publishing we check the fact how much credible it is. Our team went through several data and information which is mentioned in this article. So without any delays let’s get straight to it.
What is “Desi Ghee”?
Since we have readers from many different regions and from different countries let me first explain what desi ghee is. Ghee is nothing but clarified butter which is made from cow or buffalo’s milk through a simmering process. This simmering gives ghee a high smoke point and since this has a high smoking point because of which it doesn’t burn so easily compared to other fats and thus it doesn’t have free radicals which could impact our health. If this is so good why this ghee is associated with many diseases.
Is it so dangerous that it could kill you from the heart attack?
To answer this we will first look at the composition of desi ghee made from cow. Data below is for ghee made from cow per 100gm.
62% SFA (Saturated Fatty Acids),
29%MUFA (Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids),
4% PUFA (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids),
4% Trans Fats,
1% Traces of omega 6 and omega 3
Looking at the composition we can say YES ghee is high in saturated fats and as per dietary guidelines only 10% of total energy intake is allowed to come from saturated fats more than that could be dangerous. So as per that you are only allowed to have a serving size of 1 Tbsp. i.e. 13-15gm max. Do we really follow this?
The answer is no, especially when it comes to taste we become really helpless. For that matter anything in moderation is good but if you will go beyond and have it in excess yes it could be dangerous.
Desi Ghee and adulteration.
Desi ghee reputation got messed up ever since Industrialization took place. Also after the introduction of vegetable oils and margarine, these things completely replaced desi ghee as they were cheaper compared to desi ghee.
Doctors recommend stopping ghee because most of us are using the unhealthier form of ghee which is adulterated. Now, most of the ghee sold in the market is not made from high-quality dairy. It is made from vegetable oils which are partially hydrogenated. This whole thing it affected desi ghee’s reputation very badly and desi ghee became the villain.
Let’s look at some of the claims which are made towards ghee.
Ghee lubricates our joints?
A Big lie. A joint is a place where two bones meet. There is a tissue known as Cartilage and a lubricant known as synovial fluid does this job of lubrication for our joints and as we grow old, wear and tear happens in the cartilage which leads to damage of our joints.
Do you think for an old age person with joints problem if given lots of ghee will be able to recover joints issues? Hell no. Ghee is no-where associated to lubrication of joints it is a big lie.
Ghee could lead to stomach upset?
Totally myth, ghee has the ability to stimulate gastric acid which in facts aids in good digestion.
Ghee improves our immune system?
Yes! Ghee does improve our immune system and that is because it has butyric acid, which boosts our immunity by fighting with free radicals. However, the concentration of butyric acid may vary in ghee which we get in the market and stores and so ghee’s ability to improve immune may also vary. Try to use homemade ghee which is high in butyric acid. Ghee available in stores most of them are adulterated and are the major cause of many diseases.
Today’s take away message
1. Ghee could be dangerous as well as healthy it all depends on the quantity and quality of ghee which we are having.
2. One should not consume more than 1 Tbsp. of ghee as more than that is not healthy for your heart.
3. Ghee aids in digestion
4. Ghee could help us improve our immune system provided we consume homemade ghee.
5. Ghee is not at all associated with joints lubrication process it is a myth.
Hope this article explained to you well if ghee is healthy or dangerous. Well, of course, it is healthy if consumed in limited quantity as explained above. If you found this article helpful then please share it with your loved one and do comment below.
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