Five Real Life lessons about Indian Cow Ghee
Five reasons that make ghee great even for weight loss :
There used to be a popular TV commercial (for a facial cream, if my memory serves me right) that has stuck in my head even though it had come out many years back. The opening line of that was “Zyada khayegi, moti ho jayegi (you will become fat if you eat more)”. What I loved most about that was the great attitude in the response “I don’t care”. I so relate to this because I would hate for anyone to nag me while eating about becoming fat. Even more so because most of the times the free advice is not even so accurate.
“If you eat ghee, you will become fat” is something that is not uncommon to hear. Now that there is so much information contradicting that, this statement almost sounds jarring. Just eating ghee doesn’t make you fat. If you ate way too much of it, you could get fat. Having ghee every day in moderation, in fact, will help you lose those inches that you have been struggling to get rid of. So the next time someone says don’t eat ghee, you will get fat, you know what to say – “I don’t care”.
Approximately 15g of ghee (1 tbsp) a day just adds about 112 calories, well within the limit for most diets. The many benefits that you get from consuming ghee gives you all the more reason to include this healthy fat in your daily plan. The only thing to worry about is the quantity you consume. If you are able to moderate that according to your weight loss goals, you can surely benefit from ghee. You’ll see the difference not just in your health but your weight too.
1. Ghee reduces bad cholesterol :
Most of us worry about putting on weight not just because of how it makes us look, but because of health concerns too. Being overweight brings with it concerns of heart ailments and that is certainly not what we want. Ghee, when consumed in moderation, improves the good cholesterol levels and reduces the bad cholesterol in your body.
Our body naturally produces the bad form of cholesterol in addition to reacting to the food we eat. Recent studies have proven that ghee can actually reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in our body thus improving the health of your heart.
Ghee is also extremely stable when subjected to high heat. Many oils degenerate when heated and release free radicals that are harmful to your heart’s health. The fatty acids in ghee don’t break down so easily during the cooking process. Ghee is certainly better for you than oil, even if you are trying to lose weight.
2. Get rid of weight, not nutrition :
The next time you think of spreading butter on your toast or cooking your egg in oil, know that there is a better/healthier alternative, ghee. Not only does it taste great, but it is also packed with nutrients. If you are going to consume a fat, why not get the most out of it? Avoid the unnecessary salt in butter and unhealthy fats in regular cooking oil by using ghee.
While you are working hard to lose weight, your body ends up craving for more nutrients to make up for the energy burnt. It’s important that you keep replacing these to grow stronger and fitter. The end goal should always be fitness and not just to lose weight.
Packed with Vitamins A, D, E, and K and Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, ghee is a must in your daily diet.
3. Ghee improves digestion :
Oils are notorious for slowing down the body’s digestive process. They make your system sluggish and slow, making it hard to extract all the essential nutrients from the food. Not to mention the obvious, piling on unwanted weight.
Ghee is a fat with a difference. No matter which form you have it in, it is known to stimulate the digestive system. Your food is digested much better when you include ghee in your diet. Not only that, your gut is also protected and will start to feel healthier over a period of time.
Digestive issues end up being a major reason for weight gain, especially in older adults. By replacing your regular fats with ghee, this challenge becomes a lot easier to tackle.
4. Ghee enables weight loss :
Now this one you might find hard to digest. It sounds counter-intuitive to everything you would have heard. Even if your response to “ghee makes you fat” was “I don’t care,” I’m sure you ended up not eating ghee to avoid gaining weight. Not anymore. Popular celebrities have been endorsing ghee as a diet essential, especially during important phases of life like pregnancy. Not just for its fantastic nutrition profile, but also for the fact that it helps you reduce weight.
The amino acids present in ghee help the fat cells to shrink by mobilising the fat. Therefore, instead of accumulating as fat in your body, it gets rid of the unwanted kilos. Consuming ghee over a period of time is sure to improve your metabolism making your body better at using up the fats instead of storing them.
5. Improved immunity :
Staying fit and trim is a lot of hard work. It’s not easy to maintain the discipline around a strict diet and workout schedule. If you tend to fall sick often, it becomes even harder to follow this routine. You need all the help you can get to ensure that your immunity is not compromised while trying to lose weight. Don’t fall for the crash diets that ask you to eat watermelon for 5 days. You will surely crash if you do that.
Instead, follow a more realistic and balanced approach. Including ghee in your daily diet is a great way to not only get essential calories but to also build immunity. The fat-soluble vitamins present in ghee are easily absorbed by our bodies and they really strengthen our system. In addition to that, ghee has several anti-viral and anti-microbial properties that help us fall sick less often. In fact, studies have shown that people who consume ghee regularly tend to have a lesser risk of diabetes and hypertension as they age.
Take that bottle of ghee out of your kitchen shelf already and start using it. You already have the adequate discipline to moderate your quantity if you are on a weight loss plan, so there’s nothing left to worry about. Good luck losing the extra kilos and finding a fitter you. The only side effect will be the extra glowing skin!