- Dollop of ghee for lunch can prevent junk food cravings later in the day
- Including ghee in your diet can prevent constipation
- Ghee is good for dry lips and mouth ulcers
The importance of ghee cannot be emphasised enough especially in our Indian culture. It is rightly known as the Indian superfood which is not only delicious but has numerous health benefits. However, concerns about weight gain and cholesterol make many people avoid ghee. Ghee is extremely beneficial as long as you are consuming it in the right quantity. Also, when consumed in the right quantities, neither does ghee cause weight gain nor does it contribute to an increase in cholesterol levels. According to celeb nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, ghee is safe for people both with high blood pressure and higher than normal cholesterol levels. In fact it helps in the regulation of cholesterol by increasing lipids and giving a boost to metabolism.
Ghee benefits: How much ghee should you eat daily?
How much ghee is "moderate" quantity of ghee in a day? Answering this query is nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar in one of her recent posts on social media. "To eat ghee, we already have time-tested proportions," says Rujuta in the video she shared.
For instance, dishes like dal bhati and puran poli need more ghee. Then something like bajra roti will also need more ghee, but lesser than the amount used in dal bhati and puran poli. Then, a dish like khichdi or dal rice would require lesser ghee than bajra roti.
Ideally, you should be adding as much ghee to you food that enhances the original taste of the food, but does not mask it or kill it. "Do not add ghee in so small quantities that you don't even get to know that ghee is added to the food.
Other tips on how much ghee you should eat daily
According to Rujuta, you can add 1 tsp of ghee to each of the three complete meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating this much of ghee can be beneficial for women with PCOS, people with heart disease, high blood pressure, constipation, weak joints and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
Ghee for lunch
A dollop of ghee in lunch can work wonders for reducing junk food cravings and desserts later in evening. It can also help in skipping post-lunch sleepiness, sluggishness and low productivity.
Ghee for dinner
An extra tsp along with 1 tsp of ghee in dinner can prevent constipation and indigestion. Ghee for dinner can also help in improving your sleep quality.
So, an average of 3-6 tsp of ghee is recommended for good health and weight. Make sure that you source ghee from cow milk, preferably prepared at home.
(Rujuta Diwekar is a nutritionist based in Mumbai)
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