Cow ghee lower cholesterol?
nouna compound of the sterol type found in most body tissues. Cholesterol and its derivatives are important constituents of cell membranes and precursors of other steroid compounds, but a high proportion in the blood of low-density lipoprotein (which transports cholesterol to the tissues) is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
That’s the definition Google gives you if you search for Cholesterol. If I were to ask you what jumped out at you from the entire definition, I’m pretty sure you will say “heart disease”.
Not just because that seems like the least complicated part of the definition. But because that’s the conditioning we’ve had over the years – the connection between heart disease and cholesterol is so strong. In reality, the connection is not so unidimensional as we are made to think.
Think of this analogy. The perspective on love shared by a jilted lover vs. one in a happy relationship will be quite different. Bad cholesterol is like the jilted lover because of which good cholesterol gets a bad name too.
So what is the difference between good and bad cholesterol? For starters, you should know that the majority of the cholesterol in your system is made by your body itself. Food can impact the level by increasing or decreasing it.
Cholesterol is carried through your bloodstream with the help of lipoproteins. There are two types of these lipoproteins, LDL (low-density or bad) and HDL (high-density or good).
When you hear of foods with LDL, your alarm bells do need to go off as this is the bad cholesterol. This is the type that is responsible for clogging your arteries. HDL, on the other hand, is your hero. It helps your body get rid of the bad cholesterol by taking it away from the arteries and over to the liver to be filtered out of your body.
In short, cholesterol is not your enemy. Bad cholesterol is.
To get rid of the bad cholesterol, you do need the good cholesterol. Up to 200 mg of cholesterol is the prescribed limit for people with heart conditions and 300 mg per day for healthy adults. Managing the quantity and type of cholesterol can make all the difference to your health.
The next time someone says ghee has cholesterol, you know what question to ask. Is it good cholesterol or bad cholesterol?
Ghee which is also commonly referred to as clarified butter is a dairy product. It is made from milk cream which is first fermented and then churned into butter. The butter is then gently heated until the milk solids caramelize leaving behind the liquid gold.
Ghee has quite a rich and nutty flavour. It is what makes the taste of any Indian food go from good to great. It also offers a host of health benefits, unlike any other regular cooking oil.
Ghee is quite a wondrous fat in that it actually improves the ratio of HDL to LDL in your body. When you consume ghee, in moderation, of course, you increase your body’s ability to get rid of the bad cholesterol. It’s no surprise that ghee is considered as the healthiest fat for consumption even in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic experts always recommend ghee as it is said to increase the Agni (digestive capabilities) and nourish the Ojas (vigor). Ghee also lubricates the connectives tissues in the body strengthening all organs especially the nervous system. Which is why ghee is also used as a part of Ayurvedic medicine. It ensures proper absorption of medicinal herbs by the body. The effects are any day better for your body than popping an allopathic pill which may or may not get fully absorbed by your body.
Have you ever noticed that foods cooked in ghee feel much lighter on the palate? There’s a pretty good reason for that too. Ghee is much easier for your body to digest when compared to other cooking oils.
Typical fats tend to add an additional burden on to your digestive system as they have to be broken down before being digested. With ghee, it’s different. Ghee can actually stimulate the secretion of acids in your stomach to help with digestion.
Not just your heart and your digestive system, ghee is also said to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in your body. The butyric acid that is contained in ghee helps with this.
This important element is also responsible for making you feel a lot more energetic instead of the typical lethargic effect induced by consuming oily foods.
This is a win-win especially for people struggling with health conditions that require them to stay active to stay healthy. If you have more energy, you will be able to spend more time exercising setting in a really healthy cycle.
Another not so well understood fact about ghee is its ability to withstand high levels of heat. Ghee is one of the few oils that is extremely stable and can be used for cooking regularly. Many oils tend to degenerate when you try to heat them too much. But that is not the case with ghee. It can withstand high heat because of the presence of saturated fatty acids that don’t break down easily. This eliminates the release of free radicals that are harmful to your health, especially your heart’s health.
Research clearly suggests that 10% ghee in your daily diet shows a decrease in serum cholesterol levels and even reduces the triglycerides. This is true of both heated and room temperature ghee.
Vanaspati ghee on the other hand which sometimes people confused with pure cow ghee contains 40% trans fatty acids and creates a bunch of health issues including weight gain, insulin resistance, stress and heart problems.
Whatever your diet and health goals, ghee can be good for you. The only difference for each person would be the moderation of quantity. Your body might have a higher or lower requirement when compared to your neighbour.
Not all people are made the same and it wouldn’t be prudent to eliminate an important element of your diet just because of a lack of understanding. Your Moms are right when they add ghee to your paratha. They may not be able to explain the rationale behind it, which you now know of, but they are right. Some traditions are worth treasuring and keeping. If they have been followed for years together, always try to understand why before you dismiss them.