Ghee is clarified butter. It is an age-old practice to melt unsalted butter – clarify it by heating and filtration. Ghee is one of the important ingredients in preparing traditional Indian food. It improves the overall taste of the food with its rich flavor. It is vegan and liked by all irrespective of their food choices.
In olden times, butter was prepared at home from milk and curd by churning. Most of the mothers prepared butter for their house in such a manner. Kids running around the house usually grab a handful of fresh butter and go about eating it while playing. It made the mothers happy to see their child eating something healthy. Now a days, children are seen holding some kind of packaged food – chips or chocolates. With the trending fast food culture, traditional food seems to have lost its luster!
Nutrients in Butter
- Butter mainly contains fat: about 82% of butter is fat and a single tablespoon of butter gives us more than a hundred calories.
- Water is the second predominant ingredient in butter: about 16%
- Proteins account for 0.86%
- Carbohydrates and Sugar account for 0.07% each
- Vitamin A is the most abundant vitamin in butter
- Butter is also a good source of Vitamin D and Vitamin E
- Butter contains Vitamin B12 which is only found in foods of animal or bacterial origin
- Vitamin K2 is found in butter
Diet for Children
Growing children can be given butter in their diet. Those children who don’t have weight corresponding to their age can be given butter along with their daily food to improve weight gain.
Some children tend to become lean while growing with age. They can be given butter or ghee along their food. Generally, mornings are best for taking butter / ghee. At night, butter can be consumed in small quantities.
Who can take butter / ghee
Athletes, players and those who are involved in more physical activities can take butter. Butter is good for people suffering from tuberculosis. It gives long time energy to the body. Teenagers can also take moderate quantities of butter / ghee in their diet.
Who need to avoid butter / ghee
Persons above the age of 40, those with heart related problems and obese need to avoid intake of butter. The same applies to obese children. Whole butter is difficult to digest and it may be hard to cut down the calories. Butter tends to add weight to the body.
Which is better Butter or Ghee (Clarified butter)?
Generally, Ghee (which is melted clarified butter) is better than whole butter. Children can be given ghee 3-4 days in a week to have a healthy weight gain and growing process. Taking 5-10 gms of ghee daily is good for the body. Growing children can take 2 teaspoons of ghee daily. It can be added to hot snacks for a good flavour, aroma and taste. It helps in lowering body heat.
How to take butter or ghee ?
The usual practice of taking butter as a bread spread is sometimes boring. Butter or ghee can be added to almost all kinds of hot food.
What happens when we take excess Ghee or Butter? We wont be feeling hungry frequently. Ghee / butter diet generally contains fat. Taking excess ghee / butter without adequate physical activity is harmful to the heart. It causes increased risk of obesity related problems. So, diet and exercise should complement.