Clarified butter is more commonly known as ghee in and around India. Ghee was first used in India and is still an important ingredient in the Indian kitchens. Ghee is made by simmering butter at low heat which helps in separating the oil from the water and milk solid remains. Once the water has evaporated, the butter sinks to the bottom of the deep pan. Then you can easily remove the oil from the solid remains using a sieve. This oil is ghee or clarified butter and it remains fresh for months without any cold storage. Normal butter needs cold storage as compared to clarified ghee. You just need to store clarified ghee in a tight jar in a cool dry place. Indian Ayurvedic experts and yogis have talked about the health benefits of ghee even many centuries ago.
Calories and Fat in clarified butter:
-Ghee has about 112 calories per tablespoon.
-33 mg of cholesterol
-12.7g of fat content of which 8g are saturated fat, whereas 3.7 g are monounsaturated fats, and .5 g are polyunsaturated fat
– Ghee has several fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 that are potent anti-inflammatory agents. These essential fatty acids helps in regulating the DNA production and help with proper cellular communication.
Ghee provides nourishment for the skin if you have it internally. Ghee is also good for the skin if you apply it on your skin as a moisturizer or massage oil. You can safely use clarified butter in any part of the body including any orifices and limbs. Ghee provides nourishment to your tissues. Almost sixty percent of the clarified butter applied to your skin is easily absorbed into your body. When you have clarified ghee internally it softens the organ tissues, hydrates them and makes them more flexible.
Clarified butter provides nourishment to your muscles and connecting tissues. Clarified ghee has the ability to lubricate, increase elasticity and make your muscles and tendons more flexible. Ghee is extremely beneficial for those involved in strenuous stretching exercise routines, Pilates or even yoga. Ghee is also good for those involved in any other physical exercise on everyday basis as it is helpful in avoiding any muscle discomfort. For elderly, ghee is a good way to nourish your muscles both internally as well as externally after doing mild exercises.
Having clarified butter on everyday basis helps provide nourishment to the part of the brain responsible for neurological actions. It helps in improving memory.
Clarified butter is very good for the health of your digestive tract. It provides a natural coating to your intestines and stomach which helps in healing ulcers and cures any irritation in general.
Ayurvedic cures have used ghee for many centuries instead of butter for its many healing benefits. One of the most important reasons why ghee is added to the diet is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Ghee helps in strengthening the immune system as well as reduces inflammation and helps heal wounds and blisters at a faster speed.
Good medium for cooking:
The chemical composition of war vegetable oil changes when it is heated which reduces and sometimes kills all the health benefits of vegetable oil. Whereas, no matter how much you heat ghee it never loses with nutritional value and neither does in increases its cholesterol value. Ghee also has a very high burning point, hence it will not cause any smoke or burn when cooked.