According to Ayurveda, Ghee also known as “Clarified Butter” is considered extremely Satvic in nature. Satvic or Pure foods promote good health and positivity in our minds and bodies. Since the milk content has been removed from the butter during the cooking process, it is safe to be consumed even for individuals who are lactose intolerant. In an Ayurvedic diet, ghee is used as it has the following benefits:
- Ghee is extremely high in Vitamin A content, which helps to prevent degeneration in the cataract development.
- Ghee has a high smoke point and so it doesn’t break down hence eliminating free radicals during the cooking process.
- Ghee helps with increasing the digestive fire and improves absorption of nutrients and assimilation. It also assists in removing toxins from the body.
- Ghee has a content called Butyric acid that is proven to help in the prevention of colon cancer. Since it assists with the elimination process, it also helps to regulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon.
- Ghee also helps to lubricate the joints and connective tissues promoting flexibility.
- It is also used in various Ayurvedic treatments to cure dry skin and combined with medicinal herbs can cure many aliments.
- If consumed with warm water in the morning, it helps the respiratory pathways by lubricating the bronchioles, which help with enhanced breathing, and reduces/cures dry cough.
- It can also be administered as a process of “Nasya” to prevent allergies, dust and throat and chest infections.
However if you have the following symptoms or conditions, you might want to monitor the intake of Ghee content in your diet.
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Overweight and obesity
- Excess Kapha in the system can cause mucous development
- High Ama (Toxins) in the body.
To cook the Ghee follow the steps below:
- In a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and cook the unsalted butter until it boils.
- Make sure you stir continuously until the water content separates from the solids.
- You will begin to notice a whitish layer of curd forming on top. You want to take a dry wooden ladle and remove it under you see the ghee is clear.
- You will notice the ghee will be ready when it turns a nice golden color. Make sure you do not burn the bottom at this stage.
Hope you can start adding Ghee into your cooking on a daily basis and begin to notice the nourishment in provides to your tissues, bones, skin, hair and overall wellbeing.