Winter is here, and this particular ingredient is going to be a part of your dish, like it or not! Be ready when your mother is all set to toss in a spoonful of ghee or clarified butter on your parathas, rotis, dals and khichdi. We bring to you reasons that will make you LOVE the thought of consuming this healthy form of butter. Trust us.
Reduced Heart Risk
Unlike what you all may think, ghee is actually good for your heart. A particular fatty acid called Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) protects against diabetes, carcinogens and artery plaque. This in turn prevents heart diseases. In fact, there's also a research that shows that men who consumed more traditional ghee were less prone to cardiovascular diseases.
If you're lactose intolerant, worry not, because ghee is completely safe for you. The process of making ghee breaks down the lactose in the milk to a point where all that is left is butter oil.
Fixing Digestive Tract
People face digestive issues mainly because of a problem in the gut line. Ghee is the answer to that problem; it is rich in butyric acid, a fatty acid that heals the gut lining by nourishing the cells of the intestines. It reduces the inflammatory conditions and repairs the mucosal wall.
Apart from preventing heart diseases, Conjugated Linoleic Acid a.k.a CLA also prevents weight gain and in fact aids in weight loss. A study shows that CLA helps in reducing body fat. You can think of substituting your vegetable oil with ghee because that oil is not helping your diet plan. Of course, overdoing anything is catastrophic.
Good Energy Source
Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source. It contains medium chain fatty acids, which are directly absorbed by the liver which in turn burn to give energy. So don't be afraid if your meal has a little bit of ghee in it, it's only going to help you keep that energy level up and running.
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