A crunchy, colourful sabzi, a wholesome bowl of raita, and a couple of hot-off-the-stove chapatis — that, right there, forms the holy trinity of the great Indian palate. We’re missing something, aren’t we? Generous dollops of ghee, of course! As Indians, we have been blessed with a diet that seamlessly incorporates superfoods, such as ghee (clarified butter), in our daily lives.
So, if no one (except Ma) told you life is better with ghee, hear us out. It must not be shunned, but loved, for it contains a host of nutrients and nostalgia. Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar evokes ancient wisdom to explain her fondness for ghee – Runam krutva, ghrutam pibet AKA “take a loan but have ghee”. So, don’t let them tell you that ghee is all grease when in reality, it is spoonfuls of self-care.
What’s ghee got to give?
The short answer would be — a lot! If you want in on the deets, here’s the long answer:
Fat-Soluble Vitamins All you need is two tablespoons of ghee to fulfil 15% and 3% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, respectively. While Vitamin A ensures good vision, Vitamin E swoops in to balance cholesterol levels by fighting free radical damage. Your skin will thank you, for a healthy dose of Vitamins A and E which promote supple skin, improve elasticity and fight the signs of ageing. Clarified butter is also packed with Vitamin K, which protects your heart by preventing calcium deposits from forming in the arteries. Did you know that most foods with Vitamin K, contain more of K1 than K2? Akiva’s ghee, made from grass-fed cows’ milk, contains more Vitamin K2, which is better absorbed by the body.
Omega Fatty Acids:
An excess of fatty acids is a recipe for health disasters. However, ghee boasts of the ideal ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 to Omega 9 fatty acids. Nutrition jargon aside, this helps you by reducing the risk of diabetes and improving overall heart health and immunity. Also, kiss mood swings goodbye, because they help regulate your mood.
Fun fact — due to their molecular nature, these fats are processed by the liver as sources of energy instead of being passed on to the skin’s adipose tissue for weight gain. Translation — ghee makes for the perfect source of energy for both athletes and those trying to lose weight!
CLA and Butyrate:
Yep, there’s more. Ghee is replete with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to reduce body fat, blood pressure, inflammation, and even cancer risk.
There’s also an abundance of butyrate in ghee, which makes it the perfect opponent to fight off inflammation. Further, butyrate is especially useful in detoxifying your gut and maintaining healthy insulin levels.
You do have a type (of ghee)
Sure, there are several varieties of ghee products lining the store shelves. However, not all of them are as healthy as pure ghee promises to be. Despite all the fish in the sea, only certain varieties of clarified butter are truly made for you. We’ll play matchmaker; take notes!
Akiva’s ghee, made with cow milk, is a game-changer. As opposed to buffalo milk or malai, cow’s milk is lighter and has less phosphorus, which makes for easy calcium-absorption. It is packed with healthy minerals, vitamins and calcium. Studies suggest that cow ghee is a lighter alternative, with fewer calories.
Akiva’s ghee products are made using milk from grass-fed cows. Remember CLA? Grass-fed dairy is a great source of that, among other nutrients. We use the traditional, Ayurvedic process of Bilona Padati to make our ghee. The process involves turning premium A2 milk to curd using microbe culture, and then hand-churning it to separate the butter before boiling it to turn it into ghee.
A treat for your tastebuds AND beauty regime
Ghee has a ton of wide-ranging uses in both food and beauty. In food Apart from using it in curries and on different kinds of bread, you can use ghee in healthy, everyday dishes. Here’s what we recommend:
Stir Fry for the Soul Prep. time: 20 minutes Ingredients: – 1 tablespoon Akiva Garlic Ghee – 2 large carrots peeled and chopped – 1 large crown broccoli chopped into florets – 2 cups red cabbage sliced – 1 cup bell peppers of your choice chopped – 1 fresh ginger peeled and grated – Red pepper flakes to taste (optional) – Salt to taste
Method: 1. Drop the Akiva Garlic & Herbs Ghee onto a skillet and heat over medium-high. 2. Once heated, add the carrot, broccoli, cabbage. Stir well, and cook for 5 minutes. 3. Add the remaining ingredients to your colourful skillet, along with salt and red pepper flakes. 4. Serve yourself a delicious bowl of this stir-fry, infused with the aroma and benefits of garlic and herbs!
Guilt-free desserts We know, desserts and guilt are inseparable. Not anymore, though! Use the Akiva Vanilla Ghee, instead of refined oil, etc. to make scrumptious baked goods healthier.
Kickstart your day Start your day with a bout of energy by adding a teaspoon or two of Akiva Plain Ghee in your tea/coffee. Enjoy this creamier, healthier drink in bulletproof style.
Did you ever think that a jar of ghee will make sense on your dressing table? Here’s why:
Healthy hair Massage your scalp with some lukewarm ghee and leave it on for an hour. Wash to get super soft and shiny hair!
Glowing skin Your dry skin needs some pampering? Take a pinch of Akiva Plain Ghee, rub it between your palms and apply to your skin.
Healing touch Apply plain ghee to chapped lips, or use it with honey to treat small scrapes and burns.
Get your hands on a jar of India’s first flavored 100% Pure A2 Cow Ghee from Akiva Superfoods for a healthier life today!
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