Many health experts since the 1970’s have utterly condemned saturated fats and have led us all to believe that when we consume them, we are hurting ourselves by increasing our risks of developing major health problems like cardiovascular disease.
But emerging evidence suggests that not all saturated fat is made equally, and not all of it is going to be bad for us either.
France Has Lowest Cardiovascular Disease Levels
Dr. Aseem Malhotra is out to prove saturated fat can be healthy and to back this up has announced that the biggest saturated fat consumption goes on in France and France has the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease in the world.
He also goes on to say that the food industry has wrongly replaced saturated fats with so called low fat foods that have had the fat content replaced with sugar or artificial sugar and refined carbohydrates – all of which have now been found to time and time again cause health problems.
What Is Ghee Butter?
Ghee is a type of clarified butter that is actually 40% saturated fat and is very popular in Indian cuisine and by the Ayurvedic medical fraternity.
Ghee is produced in such a way that removes most of the moisture, by heating the butter to a certain temperature, holding it there where in this time moisture can evaporate.
After this is completed, the milk solid has started to caramelize which is then removed by straining. It is this caramelized part that goes on to become the best quality Ghee on the market and favored in Indian cuisine.
Limited Research but Consistent Praise for Ghee
Although the amount of research that has been carried out on Ghee is somewhat limited, every test that has been conducted has produced favorable results.
From these tests it has been indicated that when moderate amounts of Ghee were consumed, 1 to 2 tablespoons per day, Ghee was shown to help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially when any other fats in the diet come from plants or plant oils.
How To Make Homemade Ghee
Health Benefits of Ghee Butter
- An anti-inflammatory agent
- Improves the health of arteries
- Enhances your metabolism
- Boosts immune system health
- Friendly for those who are Lactose intolerant
- Aids digestion
Ayurvedic Medicinal Uses
Ayurveda is an Indian medicine system that originated over 3,000 years ago. Ghee has been used ever since then and is often used in many of the medications created in this medical system.
Ghee is also reported to have the following health benefits according to Ayurvedic teachings;
- As a massage oil promoting detoxification
- For rejuvenating “ojas” – the body’s life force
- As an aphrodisiac
- For nourishing tissue and nerves in the brain
- As a wound dressing
- As a treatment for eye disorders (including glaucoma)
Don’t be scared to Ghee up Your Life
We have compiled a list of health benefits above that are a combination of scientific fact and anecdotal. The only way to decide if ghee is good for your health is to make your own mind up based on both sides presented, and to experiment with Ghee by adding it to your diet.
Whatever side you choose to take, mother nature never lets us down, and I would be more inclined to choose ghee butter, a natural produce, than say margarine.