New Delhi: As opposed to the popular belief, healthy food choices are simple to embrace but difficult to zero in. The long aisles of healthy food alternatives in a supermarket can be really confusing. More so, when every product flaunts high nutritive values on its label. The best decision, however, comes by decoding the ingredients. Knowing the purpose of each component can give you a fair idea of which product to incorporate into your diet. For instance, ghee is an inseparable part of Indian food since time immemorial. But given the rise of experimentation and research in the ghee consumption landscape, we need to know, which variant is better suited for us.
The source code of A2 and regular cow ghee
Most ordinary cows produce milk that contains both A1 beta-casein protein and A2 beta-casein protein. The A2 milk – which is revered for A2 beta-casein protein – is a rarity now. Why?
The highly sought-after A2 milk comes from India’s native desi cows. This A2 milk is then used to make pure desi cow ghee. And as understood, the closer a product is to nature, the larger the benefits. A2 milk is superior in taste and healthiest of others available in the market. Moreover, digestion is not a problem which is often an issue with A1 milk, making A2 ghee ideal for consumption. A2 cow ghee has a grainy texture which highlights the use of low-heat for making ghee. As a result, it gets an unmatched aroma and taste.
The ordinary, or say, regular cow ghee falls prey to high-pressure cost game. The manufacturers tend to follow unethical means to increase the yield. Sheer market competition and an urge for profitability results in adulteration. In stark contrast to this, unadulterated pure A2 cow ghee renders multiple benefits. It can also prove advantageous in relieving health issues erupting out of modern chair-confined sedentary lifestyles.
A2 cow ghee: A boon for health
Here’s why A2 cow ghee should be a must-have in your diet:
- Easy to digest: The presence of beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7) in A1 cow ghee is linked with stomach discomfort such as bloating, and diarrhoea in some. On the other hand, the A2 cow ghee is abundant in amino acids which makes it easily digestible and suits lactose-intolerant people as well. Besides, it rides high on nutritional charts making it a safe bet for people with irritable bowel syndrome to consume.
- Keto-friendly: The body’s energy supply comes from fatty acids and not via glucose sourced from carbohydrates, for those observing a keto diet. After the body attains this state, it becomes more efficient in drawing and burning fat for energy, which leads to weight loss. The right kind of fat such as A2 cow ghee allows one to get essential nutrients vital for the body to go on such diets. On top of it, a lactose-intolerant person can consume it without worrying about digestion issues, which might throw diet-plans out of the window.
- Enriched with Vitamin A: The golden hue of the A2 cow ghee is courtesy of a natural colouring pigment Beta-carotene. It is a carotenoid precursor of Vitamin A present in this milk. Vitamin A is important for our immune system, reproductive health, cell growth, and restoring normal vision, or age-related deterioration in eyesight. It also helps vital organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys work properly.
- Maintains general immunity: A2 cow ghee offers a plethora of benefits for the immune system. It is abundant in Omega-2 fatty acids and is excellent to boost immunity. It is also a superfood for expecting women. A2 milk is similar to human milk in terms of its prime component, ie. A2 beta-casein and hence becomes irreplaceable when it comes to supporting the newborn’s growth and immunity.
The article has been authored by Ms Dolly Kumar, founder and director at Cosmic Nutracos Solutions Pvt. Ltd., the parent company to health and wellness brand GAIA. Views expressed are personal.