It’s a well-known fact that we Indians have a weakness for clarified butter -or ghee. From dal to gaajar halwa, we like to top off everything with a dash of ghee. But does our love for this form of saturated fat spell doom for our waist- lines? Or is a little bit not such a bad thing after all? I have visited a temple down south near Hasan in Karnataka State about eight years back and seen a sculpture depicting a young lady perfect in shape and size from any angle. That statue has gone in the inner layers of my mind as it reflects curves so beautifully that you can not miss falling in love with this young lady. Mind well she was not in size ‘Zero‘as many young women these days are trying to be. This myth is wrong as Kamsutra also says that little bit extra fat around waist line adds to the grace of Indian women as she wears sarree and it’s a treat to watch her . So watch out nest few lines of this article…..
Experts say that home- made ghee is better than store-bought butter, which is high in salt and preserva- tives, as well as refined veg- etable oil that contains harmful trans fats.
The benefits If you have an ideal body weight for your height, a lit- tle bit of ghee might actually be beneficial. “A little bit of saturated fat is required to create visceral fat around the vital organs, so that they are not affected in case of injury,“ says consulting dietitian Jyoti Lalwani.
In addition, ghee contains essential fat-soluble vita- mins such as vitamin A, D, E and K that are required for healthy skin and hair. These nutrients are absorbed into the body only with the help of fats. Hence, eliminating fat altogether might mean denying your body of these vital nutrients.
Quantity is key “It’s important to consume the right ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat,“ says consulting dietician Mehar Panjwani. While butter and ghee are some sources of saturated fat, all refined oils fall under the category of unsaturated fat.
The exact permissible allowance of saturated to unsaturated fat varies from person to person. But a thumb rule to follow is that 1/3 rd of your daily fat intake should be from saturated fat and 2/3 rd from unsaturated fat. If you’re an adult with the right height to weight ratio, Lalwani recommends not more than one or two teaspoons of ghee a day.
If you are overweight, then she recommends stop- ping ghee intake altogether and taking up some physical activity to bring the weight under control. But she emphasis’s that kids with an active lifestyle should include some ghee in their diet. “A few drops of ghee on their chapatis is okay, but that shouldn’t become a whole spoon,“ she says.
Hence get going with some desi ghee in your daily dietary…..