The moment we hear fat, we associate it with high calories, weight gain, obesity, heart diseases, etc. Fat is one of the macronutrients, and it is crucial for normal body function. Fat supplies us with energy and also makes it possible for other nutrients to do their job.
Do you think coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, palm oil, butter and nuts aid in weight loss?
Heard of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT)? All of the examples above contain MCT. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique form of dietary fat that impart a wide range of positive health benefits. These good fats are rightly gaining fame in the health sector these days. To understand why MCTs are so beneficial for us, we need to get into a bit of chemistry. MCTs are composed of only 6 to 10 carbon links, (unlike other fats which have up to 22 carbon links), and because of their shorter chain length, they are absorbed faster by the body and are quickly metabolized (burned) as fuel/energy. Thus, rather than getting stored as fat, the calories contained in MCTs are very efficiently converted into fuel for instant use by our body. Apart from being minimally stored as fat, MCTs are known to induce thermogenesis and wake up the sluggish metabolism, which thereby accelerates the calorie-burning process, thus aid in weight loss. Examples of MCTs include Ghee, coconut oil, palm oil, etc.
Desi ghee has been a favorite in most Indian households. One of Ayurveda’s most treasured foods, ghee has incredible healing properties. Ghee is one kitchen staple – from dals, chapatis, khichdi to desserts like halwa, laddu, etc. Ghee has a rather unique and flavourful taste and aroma. Ghee is a form of highly clarified butter that is traditionally used in cooking.
Health Benefits of Ghee:
- Contains significant amounts of fat-soluble vitamins – A, D, E.
- Reduces Inflammation.
- Boosts the immune system.
- Free of lactose and Casein
- Has a high smoke point.
Although ghee has so many benefits it is pure fat, so always have it in moderation. Excessive consumption of ghee can dramatically change your fat intake and can act as a negative dietary choice. Also, consult your health care team to confirm that your current health can handle a shift to a higher fat diet.