Ghee is a type of clarified butter, whereas oil is a viscous, neutral and non-polar chemical substance. The difference between the two food items is based on their ingredients, method of preparation and uses.
The term ‘Ghee’ is defined as type of clarified butter, and is prepared from cow’s milk. Traditionally, ghee is made by heating butter on a slow pan, which is then stirred slowly until the oil separates from the butter.
Oil, on the other hand, is defined as any neutral, non-polar chemical substance, which is a viscous liquid at ambient temperatures. It is made from plant, animal or synthetic fat Ghee is said to be ideal cooking oil because of its many healing properties. It aids in digestion because of its light flavor. It also helps to improve absorption and increase the life energy force. It improves our memory, strengthens the brain, nervous and immune system. Ghee lubricates joints and connective tissues, which makes the body flexible. It also helps in stimulating a healthy flow of fluids throughout the body.
Oil, on the other hand, sure feels heavy to the stomach and the use of bad oil can lead to indigestion, clogged arteries and other problems. But, oil also has its uses. Oil consists of all the trans fats required by our body and brain to function properly. Coconut oil and olive oil are widely used because of their weight control properties.
Definately desi ghee is good for health over refined. But excess of everything is bad, you should avoid excess ghee as well, as it can cause increase in cholestrol level. Instead of Refined oil, you can use olive oil or pure mustard seeds oil.
3 Myths about Desi Ghee
1 Ghee increase cholesterol – The truth is that Desi Ghee reduces cholesterol since it by increases contribution of lipids for metabolism. Desi Ghee helps you de-stress, feel full, and sleep better.
2 Ghee is fattening – Desi Ghee has unique short chain fatty acid structure. It is lipolytic by nature due to which it breaks down fat.
3 Ghee is harmful for heart – Are you kidding ? Desi Ghee is extremely rich in antioxidants, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D. Desi Ghee has everything needed for a healthy heart.
Why Desi Ghee is Good for Health ?
- Ghee boosts immunity.
- Ghee is free of trans fats unlike other oils.
- Ghee provides lubrication to muscles and joints.
- Ghee is free of salt unlike butter available in market.
- Ayurveda recommends Desi Ghee because it is good for whole body.
- Ghee does not contain lactose, hence it is safe for lactose intolerant people.
- Vitamins A, D, E, and K present in Ghee are fat-soluble. This means Ghee helps is to absorb these vitamins.
- Ghee is made up of short chain fatty acids which can be digested easily. This nature also helps to break fat.
- Ghee has MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids ) , which is better than PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acid) found in oils like corn, sunflower, cottonseeds oils etc. Thus Desi Ghee is a better choice than these oils.
- Ghee can be used for cooking at high temperature unlike Olive Oil. However, a few people believe that Desi Ghee is best consumed when poured on cooked food before consuming. That’s the reason why our grandparents added ghee in daals before eating or poured on rotis .