Is Consuming Ghee In Summers Good For Your Health?
Desi cow ghee properties :
A full spectrum of short (SCFA), medium (MCFA) and long chain fatty acids (LCFA), both unsaturated and saturated
Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids
Vitamins A, D, E and K2
Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) (5)
9 phenolic antioxidants
Numerous other minerals
Desi ghee makes for an indispensable part of most Indian households. It has been used since ages not only to make our food tastier; but also it has been used for home remedies by our grand ma. In the Ayurveda wisdom, ghee is considered to be a rejuvenating ingredient that is used to cure most ailments. Ghee, an unprocessed fat is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid along with vitamin-A, which helps to keep your body healthy. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep you free from various ailments.
Generally we have an impression that Ghee is a product of Winter; but, then you might be wrong. Here’s what our experts have to say.
According to Ayurvedic expert Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi, “Ghee is loaded with healthy fats, and a human body needs some amount of fats to keep it going. This is why we recommend having ghee during hot days. Also, since our body gets dry in summer, consumption of ghee will help balance the internal moisture.”
According to Debjani Banerjee, HOD, Dietetics at PSRI Hospital, “Ghee is highly nutritious and consists of various nutritional benefits. It is rich in butyric acid that helps to improve our immune system. It also helps keep our body cool. I recommend taking half a spoon of ghee daily on an empty stomach in summers. This can improve digestive functions by stimulating secretion of gastric acids.”
As per the book, A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food by K.T. Acharya, in Ayurvedic terms, ghee is a ‘sweet food’ – it is strengthening, aids digestion and tempers the over-activity of all the three bodily doshas.
The best form of ghee that can be consumed during summers is prepared from cow’s milk, as it is sweeter in taste, cold in nature, light on stomach and makes for an excellent pacifier of aggravated vata dosha and pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is hot in potency by nature, and during summer this heat is aggravated causing heat related ailments in the body. For effective results, ghee should be added separately after cooking as foods cooked in ghee may have completely different effects.
So, go on and add desi ghee to your food, and enjoy it in summers as much as you love it during winters.