Ghee has long been a staple in Indian cooking, and a must-have component in traditional DIY skincare and haircare recipes. While its popularity wavered in the mid-2000s as people thought that the heavy fat might clog arteries, new research has confirmed that is in in fact a rich source of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids, that actually improve metabolism and boost heart health. Aditi Rao Hydari is a big fan too. “I eat a lot of ghee, to the point of shocking people,” she shared, touting it as a being great for the health of her skin and hair.
Ghee, which is rich in butyric acid, is a stable fat because and has a high smoke point. When used for frying or sautéing, it does not break down and cause oxidising free radicals, making it a safer oil to cook with than coconut or olive oil. Since it is rich in conjugated linoleic acid content, ghee is able to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Plus, it lubricates the joints and connective tissues, therefore promoting flexibility. Ghee’s fatty acids are also an important building block for the production of serotonin in the brain, so it a mood-boosting food too. Like Hydari shared, “Basically, I eat what makes me happy—happy girls are the prettiest.”
5 reasons to add ghee to your diet now
1) It improves metabolism
Ghee has conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid which which mobilises fat from stubborn pockets and burns it for energy. As a result of this, ghee reduces cholesterol because it helps metabolise fat for energy. This can also help reduce sugar cravings.
2) It’s great for digestion
Ghee contains butyric acid which helps to maintain a healthy intestinal microbiome. It also improves the absorption ability of the small intestines and soothes the gastrointestinal tract by balancing the pH levels.
3) It has antioxidant properties
Ghee contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants like Vitamin E that neutralise free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage (and eventually lead to disease).
4) It helps lower the glycemic index of food
Ghee is great for diabetics as it helps lower the GI index of the meal. Adding ghee to starchy food like rice will help lower its GI. The fatty acids in ghee also help metabolise and balance high blood sugar.
5) It boosts skin health
The fatty acids induce hydration in the cells, moisturising the skin and plumping the layers from the inside-out. These polyunsaturated fats also help reinforce the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin healthy.
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