Health Benefits of Ghee, the Indian Clarified Butte


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Health Benefits of Ghee, the Indian Clarified Butte

Ghee is the Sanskrit word for clarified butter. Ghee has quite a long history and has been used in Indian cooking for many thousands of years and Hindu rituals. It is composed primarily of saturated fat and made by melting andsimmering unsalted butter in a vessel.

As the butter melts, it begins to boil. The solids settle to the bottom, while a thicker layer of oil forms in the center. The excess water forms a foamy top layer as it boils away. The watery layer is skimmed off andthe cooked and clarified butter is then spooned off without disturbing the layer of solids on the bottom.

Allow the Ghee to cool. Ghee does not spoil easily and can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration if it is kept in an airtight container to prevent oxidation and remains moisture-free. A good quality ghee can add to the aroma, flavor and taste to the food. However, the texture, color and taste of ghee depends on the source of the milk from which the butter was made and the extent of boiling. The Cow ghee is yellow in color while the buffalo ghee has off-white cream color. Ghee can be reheated for deep frying and often preferred by many as it will not burn during frying because of its high smoking point.

Religious use of Ghee in Hindu Religion

Apart from its wide usage in Indian Cuisine, Ghee also has a very sacred role in Hindu rituals. It is used in lamps while performing Aarti. It is also part of the ‘panchamrit’ which is used Hindu rituals and worship of Hindu Gods.

Health Benefits of Ghee

Ghee has been used for over 2,000 years in Ayurveda which is the ancient natural healing system of India. It can withstand the high heat in baking and is a great way to preserve butter. It has a longer shelf life. Given below are some of the benefits of Butter.

According to Ayurveda the usage of Ghee is a vital food for healthy skin, mental clarity and digestion. It is used in Indian medicinal practice to help with ulcers, constipation and the promotion of healthy eyes and skin. It is said to be good for increasing memory and is said to balance to the mind and enhance brain function.

Ghee can be used for the treatment of burns and blisters.

Ghee is a safer alternative for those who are lactose intolerant.

Ghee is an easily digestible source of saturated fat that contains no Tran’s fats or hydrogenated fats.

Ghee contains butyric acid which is said to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.

Ghee contains conjugated linolenic acid which is helpful in losing weight, especially belly fat, and has been known to slow the progress of some types of cancer and heart disease. However, it is advised to use it on moderate quantities.

Ghee is rich with antioxidants and acts as an aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods and strengthens the immune system.

However, people with high cholesterol are advised not to use ghee as it can increase the risk for heart disease.

girija chandru

Ruler's of Penmai
Penman of Penmai
Oct 24, 2011
lovely article viji mam.

1) ghee is very much useful for a glowing skin
2) ghee given to children enhances their growth.
3) ghee, a must for children gives them good appetite (if given in less quantities).
4) ghee reduces the harmful effect of spicy items.
5) ghee smoothens the endometrium walls of uterine and helps in digestion (if intake is in small quantities).


Commander's of Penmai
Apr 4, 2011
useful information abt Ghee...viji....

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