Sunday April 22, 2018

Merits of Desi Ghee Re-emerges: Find out what makes it so good for you!

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by Dr. J K Bhutani

Based upon emerging medical research, the merits of desi ghee (clarified butter) are re-emerging, says Dr. Bhutani.

‘FATS are Sin’ is passé.  The SUGAR is the new anathema and SIN….!

The saturated fats and the dietary cholesterol restrictions of less than 300 mg per day are being changed as  a  recent report of ‘American Heart Association (AHA/ACC)’ has  concluded  that there’s insufficient evidence to show that restricting dietary cholesterol lowers low-density lipoproteins (LDL-C) or the popularly known ‘bad- cholesterol’. The evidence of  refined carbohydrates and  sugars  especially sucrose and fructose causing the changes in LDL, HDL is accumulating. These also cause elevated levels of glucose and insulin, along with insulin and leptin resistance, all contributing to high CHD risk.

The REFINED sugar is the NEW CULPRIT to whip….NO MORE than 200 calories should be consumed or daily intake should not exceed 10 percent of total daily caloric needs, say the latest guidelines.

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The Infographic on Ghee by Neal Walker

DESI GHEE, and especially the COW’s is not BAD as are the trans-fats, processed fatty-foods or hydrogenated vegetable oils.  Trans -fat raises the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and also lowers high-density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol in the blood. Trans- fat is found in many processed foods made in hydrogenated vegetable oils especially the ones which are REPEATEDLY boiled as in making snacks like ’ Samosa or Fried Chicken. Even  cookies, crackers, chips and  other OTC snacks must be checked for ‘zero-trans-fats’ labels.
The loads of benefits of ‘DESI GHEE’ are attributed to the beneficial cholesterol (used for variety of hormones, brain and other tissues), omega 3-omega 6 fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins and many essential minerals and nutrients….!

Saturated fats of Desi-Ghee helps mobilize unhealthy liver-fats, improve immunity by helping WBCs fight viruses and bacteria (we too found benefits of Cow’s Desi Ghee in Dengue epidemic of 2015-unpublished) and improves strength in men by increasing testosterone and femininity in women by increasing estrogen levels…!

  • Anti-oxidants in Ghee make it a natural anti-wrinkling and anti-ageing to bank upon..!
  • Desi-Ghee is good for bones, joints as a strengthening (Ca,Phos,Vit-D), lubricating agent and retards wear and tear of joints because of anti-oxidants..!.
  • Ghee takes nutrients from food to deliver them through fat permeable membranes especially in the brain…!
  • Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), omega 3-6 essential-fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D and K. Ghee has just what you need for a healthy heart…!
  • ABOVE ALL….Ghee improves satiety signals and helps eat RIGHT amounts and quantity, if one listens to the hunger cues and honors it….!

One can take Desi-ghee with each meal and should limit according to the physical activity and other needs (15- 50 gms/day) The best Ghee is the one made at home from an Indian DESI cow’s milk…! REMEMBER..Heart disease, obesity, diabetes are caused by inactivity, trans fats, refined carbs, and overeating, to name a few….but not saturated fats/DESI-GHEE. !
‘Yaavat jeevet sukham jeevet, ruNam krutwa ghrutame peebet’ (Till such time you are alive, live happily…take a loan, but drink ghee!

Dr J.K. Bhutani MD is a protagonist of preventive and promotive health care based on austere biology and facilitating self healing powers of human organism. He practices in Karnal, Haryana. Twitter: @drjkbhutani

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Ghee is indeed one of the home remedy for a good health. Also, it is delicious in its own ways 😉

  • Rahul Shah

    Ghee certainly seems to be making a comeback in terms of popularity. More people seem to be inclined to use ghee after learning about the various health benefits that it provides. It will definitely be beneficial to Indian households in terms of their health and well being by including ghee in their diet. Gowardhan ghee has always been a household favourite at my house and we make sure that we use it in controlled amounts.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Ghee is indeed one of the home remedy for a good health. Also, it is delicious in its own ways 😉

  • Rahul Shah

    Ghee certainly seems to be making a comeback in terms of popularity. More people seem to be inclined to use ghee after learning about the various health benefits that it provides. It will definitely be beneficial to Indian households in terms of their health and well being by including ghee in their diet. Gowardhan ghee has always been a household favourite at my house and we make sure that we use it in controlled amounts.

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Green Coffee: Say Hello to a New Member in Your Fitness and Weight Loss Regime!

Here is an insight to the reasons for the popularity of green coffee and whether it is worth

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Green Coffee. Wikimedia
  • Green coffee is the best alternative to several weight loss supplements
  • Chlorogenic acid retained in this raw form manage to dominate its multiple benefits over caffeine
  • Research is still ongoing on its effect on other metabolic functions in humans

August 2, 2017: According to the current trend in which every second person is a fitness fanatic, the search for a healthier yet equally refreshing beverage as coffee has finally stopped on green coffee. Green coffee is nothing but unroasted coffee beans. Coffee beans are roasted to release the flavor and aroma sealed inside the green unroasted beans. Unfortunately roasting coffee beans deprives it with one of the active component, chlorogenic acid. The caffeine content more or less remains similar.

Green coffee beans are a just unroasted raw form of roasted coffee. Pixabay

The debate for the need and usefulness of green coffee is based on the foundation of the role of chlorogenic acid in human health. Where some find it as a healthy alternative,  others find it no better than a regular caffeine intake brewing in the name of another weight loss supplement. A plethora of companies selling green coffee extracts has currently captured the market. They claim it to be your best friend when it comes to weight loss. Not the coffee but the claim which is at stake is debatable. However, the top brands are reviewed to give a clear picture to the consumers.

After several types of research and studies, green coffee has notably marked its dominance in weight loss. Caffeine is assumed to contribute to cardiovascular diseases, increased blood pressure and increased homocysteine level. On the contrary chlorogenic acid present in the same has shown multiple benefits. Green coffee bean extract may improve glucose metabolism and reduce blood pressure. No wonder it has been endorsed as being able to reduce blood sugar levels and potentially exert an antidiabetic and anti-obesity effect. It also improves the function of the fat burning hormone adiponectin.

Coffee whether roasted or green, raw and grassy is the number one source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are our friends in need. They come to rescue us from the harmful free radicals generated inside the body.  Coffee drinkers have a 23-50% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and liver cirrhosis. Consuming coffee on a regular basis may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by 32–65%. It has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Looking at the other side of the coin, green coffee also has several scary side effects such as:
  • Insomnia, Nervousness, Restlessness, Upset Stomach, Nausea, Vomiting, Increased heart rate, Increased breathing rate, Headaches, Irregular heartbeats, Diarrhea, Calcium deficiencies, Depression, Fatigue.
  • An important issue with Green coffee is shaky evidence on its effect on pregnant women and breast feeding women.

So, people who look forward to switching to green coffee must consult their respective doctors and go for a superior brand.

Bottom Line

The debate is still ongoing but the take home point is green coffee is yet questionable in its efficacy in the long run. But it is still far away in proving its worth in other dimensions of health apart from shreds of evidence of its role in weight loss.

Prepared by Harshi Jaiswal of NewsGram and Intas Biopharmaceuticals.