5 reasons you should eat ghee more often

Published: May 19, 2017
Desi ghee. PHOTO: healthline

Desi ghee. PHOTO: healthline

You’re no stranger to ghee if you live in Pakistan. With a mildly nutty flavour, ghee is a type of clarified butter, fondly used in parathas, on top of saag and often in luscious gravies.

While we love it for its flavour enhancing quality, is ghee healthy? If you’re confused about whether you should use it more often in cooking, here are five reasons that you should:

1. It is less toxic than oil

When cooking on high heat, ghee produces much less toxic compounds than vegetable and seed oils. According to a study, soybean produces more than ten times as much acrylamide as ghee when heated to 160°C.

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2. Ghee has a high smoke point

When cooking at high temperatures, ghee is far more suitable as it has a high smoking point, and won’t burn or breakdown into free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage the cells in your body).

3. It does not spoil easily

Ghee does not require refrigeration and can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. And since its milk solids have been removed, it does not spoil easily.

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4. Healthy digestive tract

Studies suggest that since ghee is more concentrated than butter, it provides a little more butyric acid and other short-chain saturated fats, which reduce soreness and support gut health.

5. Weight loss

Ghee is higher in conjugated linoleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid, which causes fat loss.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 19, 2017 - 3:51PM

    ghee has less salt than oil hence less water retention some punjabi friends i know use ghee to ‘oil’ their hair each sunday . Recommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 19, 2017 - 5:26PM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    True, and I use ghee to wax my handlebar moustaches every day before morning parade.Recommend

  • Yousuf
    May 19, 2017 - 6:00PM

    Please don’t spread stupid information; ghee or any other fat is not good for you in excess amounts. Stop calling it healthyRecommend

  • Acorn Guts
    May 19, 2017 - 6:39PM

    @Mir Masjidi:
    You sir, are amazing.Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    May 19, 2017 - 10:41PM

    @ Yousuf … Ghee is better than hydrogenated oils and other “vegetable” oils such as palm oil, soybean oil, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil etc.
    Don’t buy into commercially funded medical research that has been forced down our collective throats for the past 40 plus years. Every thing natural is much better than it’s synthesized alternative. Read about margarine vs butter. I remember cardiologists in Pakistan pushing margarine as a healthy alternative to butter. It is sad that we don’t do our own research and just blindly follow research from the West that is usually funded by special interest groups. Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 20, 2017 - 12:03AM

    So our grandmothers were right all along ……… Recommend

  • Mir Masjidi
    May 20, 2017 - 6:51AM

    @Acorn Guts:
    Thank you; that and being a woman.Recommend

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