Ghee and its Health Benefits

gheeEvery cuisine is unique in its way. Each cuisine has its distinct type of fat used in cooking. The Mediterraneans use olive oil, the Chinese use lard and the Indians use ghee and coconut oil. Ghee is used liberally in most of the indian dishes. Ghee is nothing but clarified butter. With the recent conflicting issues in nutrition, ghee was considered as a bad food and the main cause for heart disease and suddenly its consumption was reduced. But has it reduced the incidence of heart disease? No, in fact heart disease is rising at an alarming rate. So moving on to dry rotis has not helped.

I remember the time when my grandmother used to make clarified butter at home. The whole house used to have the fragrance emanating around. It is commonly used in making sweets and lathered on wheat rotis.

Nutritional benefits of Ghee

  • Ghee is said to be made of saturated fatty acids but of short chain fatty acids. This makes them easy to digest unlike the saturated fats found in animal meats which are difficult to digest.
  • It contains fat soluble vitamins such as A, D and E and hence can benefit vegetarians.
  • Ghee is said to be great for the lactose intolerant as the lactose sugar is broken down on clarification. Hence they can benefit the vitamins from it sans lactose.
  • Due to its fat content, it also absorbs the vitamins from the food it is added to, hence making the vitamins available to the body.
  • Its smoke point is high, hence can be used for cooking, But I still discourage using it for deep frying.
  • For infants and toddlers where they are in the phase of brain growth, ghee is the best fat to be added in their diet and is said to develop memory.

It is delicious to taste, does not go bad or get oxidized on exposure to air and can be made at home unlike other fats. It can be used as a chapstick too and can put Oriflame and other companies to shame.

It is recommended to have 4 teaspoons of fat per day, hence add a teaspoon of ghee in the cooking. Remember regular exercise and the right fats give better health and a stronger heart. Now say yes to desi ghee…..

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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13 Responses to Ghee and its Health Benefits

  1. Vasant Udeshi March 7, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    I would like to know if Ghee is free of lactose as I am looking for lactose free product due to allergy.

  2. Sanjana - Dietitian March 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Ghee is free from lactose. hence can be used by people with lactose intolerance….

  3. Sanjana - Dietitian March 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Yes ghee is free of lactose and can be used in lactose intolerance….

  4. Pawan September 16, 2010 at 3:16 am #

    But tell me is it fine for GLACTOSEMIA patients as if they are zero tolerant to LACTOSE.So are you sure that GHEE is free from Lactose which we purchase from the market.

  5. shahnawaj May 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    this is shahnawaj. My age is 28th year’s.Right Know i am running 2 km regular. I want to know if i will take desi ghee regular. Then It will benefit for me. And which benefit i will see..

  6. T.S.SUNDARAM May 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm #


    As one who regularly visits this site and reads with interest the various comments appearing here, I have seen also your short message dated 19 may,2011, saying that you are 28 years old, running regularly two kilometers and want to consume regularly Desi ghee expecting some benefit from the ghee you want to consume.

    Your message is incomplete in as much as it does’nt give your body weight, height, waist measurement, reason for your running two kilometers regularly, why you want to consume ghee. Also something about your general physique.,daily food habits etc.

  7. Pramod Pandey July 28, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I would like to know that what amount of deshi ghee I can consume safely on daily basis, as I am planning to reduce Fat and I regularly go to gym for this purpose. Thanks In Advance

  8. Asad Malik Awan September 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    this side is v-good for health.

  9. rupinder October 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    hi , i m of 35 , and weight is 72 hieght is 5′.1″ . i dont have any diecese ……………. can i have desi ghee ??? is desi ghee have another benefits of said above ???? it is beneficial for joint movement ???

  10. Steave October 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Is desi ghee good for freshness,activeness and energy ?

  11. umesh.B.M October 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    since i am a lactose intolerant ,how much of soya milk and cheese to be consumed and i am slim built

  12. Ankit Kumaria November 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    dr. sanjana will u tell me sometimes my grandfather suffers from kidney stones, desi ghee is a milk product so it is safe in kidney stones and tell me how is the combination of desi ghee with olive and canola oil?

  13. Ankit Kumaria November 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    i forget to tell u he is a pure vegetarian

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