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Believe it or not – Cow Ghee is bad cholesterol free

Cow ghee, a heavenly Nectar boost immune system, promotes memory, semen, ojas, kapha, fat and cures indigestion, strengthens … Increases metabolism and reduces bad cholesterol and protect us from cancer

I am very fond of eating. Every day I need Parathas which consume more Ghee. I remember, my grand mother always says eat Puries instead Parathas. They are better and faster to digest even fired in Desi Ghee.

Now, everyone is very health conscious because our lifestyle has changed a lot. There are a lot of contradictions about Desi Ghee and vegetable and other edible oils.

In my research, I found Cow Ghee is safe and we can consume well without worries and be enjoying good food.

You must read this before consuming Roties, Curries and Dals laced with Ghee.

For Indians, Cow ghee is a religious matter rather than a food item. Cow Ghee has dominated most Indian kitchens for centuries. Use of Cow ghee in sweets is viewed by customers as the symbol of their quality and richness.

But the metabolic epidemic comprising of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension (metabolic syndrome X) which have emerged in the recent decades in India has put a question mark on this Indian favourite cooking medium.

There is difference of opinion among health professionals about the goodness and badness of Cow ghee. To add to the chaos some Babas, Gurus, Bapus and other Godmen advocate usage of Cow ghee in the diet. A lay man is confused by these conflicting streams of advice. His medical doctor advised him to avoid Cow ghee whereas his spiritual guru or Baba advices him otherwise. So what should he do?

Today I am going to talk about all the pros and cons of the Cow ghee and clear all your doubts so you can safely include Cow ghee to your daily diet. Before we go ahead, let’s take a look at nutritional information of the ghee.

Nutritional Facts

One tablespoon (15g) of ghee has approximately 135 calories, all of which come from fat. That small amount of ghee has 15 grams of total fat and 9 grams of saturated fat, or 45% of the recommended daily value. A tablespoon of ghee also has 45 milligrams of cholesterol or 15% of the daily value. Ghee is free of sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and protein.

Which is healthier – butter or Cow ghee?

Cow Ghee is lactose and casein free:

Pure ghee is clarified butter. Through a traditional Indian method, we cook the butter until the water and milk solids are removed. This clarification process leaves the healthy fats behind.

Ghee is considered one of the best oils for baking, sautéing and deep frying:

Ghee has a higher smoking point (200-2600 degrees Celsius) than butter (160-1900 degrees Celsius). This is an advantage when cooking since the smoke point is that moment when fats degenerate into harmful compounds which can be toxic to our health.

Ghee has a rich, sweet and deliciously nutty flavour:

A little amount of ghee adds a lot of flavour to the food. One tablespoon of ghee can replace up to three tablespoons of oil or butter in your recipe.

Why should you eat ghee every day?

Increases your resistance against seasonal allergies and common ailments:

While Cow ghee is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, it is also rich in antioxidants. It increases the body resistance for various infections and diseases by boosting the immune system.

Stimulates the digestive system:

Ghee stimulates the secretion of stomach acids to aid in digestion, while other fats and oils, can slow down the body’s digestive process and sit heavy in the stomach.

Reduces Cholesterol Levels:

Cow Ghee lowers the bad blood cholesterol level and enhances the good blood cholesterol level.

Boost fertility:

An optimal fertility diet should contain good quality protein sources and good fats. Pure ghee is the best form of fat. It increases quality and quantity of semen.

Improves skin:

It rejuvenates the skin from inside and increases its glow.

Should you eat Cow ghee if you are trying to lose weight?

Yes. Just make sure that you consume it in moderation.

Is vegetable ghee healthy?

No. Some Indian restaurants use partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, which is known as Vanaspati or Dalda or ‘vegetable ghee’, in place of pure ghee because of its lower cost. This vegetable ghee is very high in trans fat. Trans fat is considered extremely harmful and it can cause serious health conditions. Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Vanaspati ghee, is poison.

How should you include ghee in everyday diet?

You can add ghee to Rotis, Parathas, dal, curry etc. You can avoid Indian sweets because they contain a lot of sugar.

Ghee is rendered when churned butter is clarified. We can make ghee from the milk of the cow. Although ghee is about 99.9 % fat, it has many good factors about it.

  1. Ghee has natural anti-oxidative properties.
  2. Ghee is a good source of omega-3 fat DHA. This can be really helpful in memory boosting.
  3. This DHA in ghee can also be helpful in reducing certain major health concerns like heart attack, cancer, insulin resistance, arthritis etc.
  4. There are many fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, K and E.
  5. Ghee can be even beneficial for improving digestive tract issues.
  6. Ghee can also be good for maintaining good skin health.
  7. It can be amazing as a natural moisturizer.
  8. Ghee is also good for eyes since it contains vitamin A.

So how did a product that’s been a health food for centuries suddenly become the devil in disguise?

The key is in knowing the difference between high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). LDL sticks to the arteries and builds up plaque while HDL pulls cholesterol from the bloodstream and transfers it to the liver for excretion. Ghee is rich in HDL and has no LDL.

The last few decades have seen a huge surge in coronary heart disease, which is blamed mostly on cholesterol-rich food. Ghee was martyred because it was perceived to be immensely fattening.

Actually, says Krishnaswamy, “When people shifted to Vanaspati oils for cooking, it fast-forwarded heart disease.” She adds, “Vanaspati (like Dalda) or margarine is just a hydrogenated oil that contains trans-fats which get converted into cholesterol quickly, thereby promoting heart disease much faster; ghee, on the other hand, contains very small quantities of trans-fats.”

Ghee has vitamins A, D and riboflavin as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), essential for the functioning of the nervous system.

A spoon of ghee full of health: ‘Poses no danger to cardiac health’ and could protect us from cancer

Cow ghee promotes memory, intellect, power of digestion, semen, Ojas, Kapha and fat.

Old cow ghee is useful in

Mada – intoxication,
Apasmara – epilepsy,
Moorcha – fainting,
Shosha – emaciation
Unmada – schizophrenia, insanity
Gara – remnant poisons
Jwara – fever
Pain in the ear, head as well as female genital tract.

Ancestral and Scientific thinking about Cow Ghee consumption

Yes, it can be answered from two perspectives. One our Ancestors did use the same and remained pretty healthy throughout their life.

If this doesn’t satisfy your rationale approach, then here is Scientific extract – from MNT – medical nutrition therapy,

It says our 30% of daily energy per day needs should come from fats – that means for me (a doctor by profession, with the daily requirement of 1200–1600 Kcal) around 400- 500 Kcal should come from fat.

Consume cow ghee prepared in the local area or prepare it yourself. In India Cow ghee is considered as the best medicine, it is mostly taken at lunch.

Research shows that diets rich in MUFA (mono-unsaturated fatty acids) have varied health benefits, including decreased risk of breast cancer, reduced cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease and stroke, weight loss and more.

Avoid deep frying in any fat, because oxidised fats causes plaques in arteries, particularly PUFA rich vegetable oils.

Read “Cow Ghee – The Food of The Gods” by Dr. Sahadeva Dasa II You can download   http://bit.ly/Cow_Ghee


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