For Indians, ghee is a religious matter rather than a food item. Ghee has dominated most Indian kitchens for centuries. Use of ghee in sweets is viewed by customers as the symbol of their quality and richness.
Ghee is often deemed as a hurdle in our weight loss journeys. It is ousted as fattening and unhealthy, which it may indeed be if it is had without a portion control. However, if you are consuming ghee within an ideal range, it is, in fact, very healthy for you.
Pure ghee only contains fatty acids which are short chain. They have many benefits and provide energy for the cell lining of your colon. So, here we take a look at why ghee is the new superfood you need in your weight loss journey.
Why ghee is healthy for you
One tablespoon (15g) of ghee has approximately 135 calories, all of which come from fat. That small amount of ghee has 15 grams of total fat and 9 grams of saturated fat, or 45% of the recommended daily value. A tablespoon of ghee also has 45 milligrams of cholesterol, or 15% of the daily value. Ghee is free of sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and protein.. It is loaded with vitamins A, D, E and K.
Ghee is also very rich in dietary fats. In order for these vitamins to be digested, they need to combine with fat molecules as they are fat soluble. Ghee also provides these fat molecules in the form of dietary filber.
Together, they get absorbed easily by our bodies and hence, these nutrients can be used by our bodies.There are many, many benefits of consuming pure home-made ghee. If you consume pure home-made ghee on a regular basis, it will boost your mental as well as physical strength. This will help in keeping your body fit and fighting off illnesses.
Besides this, ghee is also known as a body cleanser as it removes impurities from your body. It strengthens your eyesight, your muscles and tendons.
As far as people with cholesterol problems are concerned, shelves in the grocery markets are filled with cholesterol free oils. However, ghee is also a good option when you compare it with butter because it is lower in fats than butter.
Ghee can also be had by those who have a lactose intolerance. It is also free of salt.
Ghee and weight loss
A recent trend among weight loss watchers is favouring the consumption of ghee. This is because ghee is low in fats and is easier to digest. In fact, ghee is known to stimulate the digestive process and is likely to aid in weight loss. It also restores balance to your mind and will boost the functioning of your brain.The fats that are present in ghee have a lot of benefits. Certain fats are needed by body which are essential to perform vital functions such as supporting your nervous, skin and mental health, protecting your stomach lining from the digestive acids and strengthening cell membranes. All these functions are performed by ghee.
Rare genetic brain disease reported, ‘Myoclonus-Dystonia’
Bangalore: A rare genetic brain disease causing a movement disorder has been reported from Mumbai where a 21-year-old patient has been diagnosed with ‘Myoclonus-Dystonia’ with facial, neck and hand shaking and jerking due to rare genetic disorder called ADCY5-related dyskinesia.
This is a rare disease with less than 400 cases reported all over the world. The disorder is known to cause abnormal involuntary tremors in the body and is usually seen in children, but this is the first time it has been reported in an Indian adult patient.
He suffered from the condition since he was 13, but these jerks were initially mild. This progressed to moderate severity over the last few years. “We were able to manage the trembling till the time they were mild. With time, the intensity increased and so did the frequency which hampered daily activities and even any work that needed concentration”, told the parents of the 21 year old.
Dr VL Ramprasad, COO, MedGenome Labs that performed the genetic testing said, “ADCY5 mutation causes abnormal involuntary movements affecting the neck, arms and face. This mutation can also lead to episodic worsening triggered by anxiety, stress or inactivity -or characteristically periods before or after sleep. We have now published this case in MDCP (Movement Disorders Clinical Practice), which is a well-known journal.”
The doctor informed that when the patient came to them he would get these movements in spells intermittently in the early years. His whole body was shaking when he was anxious or even concentrating on an activity. After initial tests the doctors were convinced that he had a rare genetic disorder and tests confirmed ADCY5 gene mutation
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