Ayurveda holds ghee as supreme. The smoothness and sweetness of butter oil pacifies Vata, the coolness pacifies pitta and the ability to digest fat aids kapha. However Vata inclined individuals may take as much ghee as they can digest, a pitta inclined person moderate ghee and a kapha nature should take a little ghee. Kapha may take ghee with warming spices like pippali, pepper, ginger and little chilli. Pitta may balance ghee with cooling digestives like cumin, coriander and fennel. As well as sweet hot spices like ginger and pippali that have an after cooling energy. Vata may use all spices but little or no chilli as it is too drying.
“The anhydrous milk fat ghee is one of the important sources of fat in the Indian diet. Our earlier studies showed that rats fed diets containing greater than 2.5 wt% of ghee had lower levels of serum cholesterol compared with rats fed diets containing groundnut oil. To evaluate the mechanism of the hypocholesterolemic effect of ghee, male Wistar rats were fed a diet containing 2.5 or 5.0 wt% ghee for a period of 8 weeks. The diets were made isocaloric with groundnut oil. Both native and ghee heated at 120°C containing oxidized lipids were included in the diet. The ghee in the diet did not affect the 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase activity in the liver microsomes, but it significantly increased biliary excretion of cholesterol, bile acids, uronic acid, and phospholipids. The rats fed ghee had lower levels of cholesterol esters in the serum as well as in the intestinal mucosa. Both native and oxidized ghee influenced cholesterol metabolism. These results indicate that supplementation of diets with ghee lipids would increase the excretion of bile constituents and lower serum cholesterol levels.”
Hypocholesterolemic effect of anhydrous milk fat ghee is mediated by increasing the secretion of biliary lipids.
Matam Vijaya Kumar, Kari Sambaiah and Belur R. Lokesh Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, India. Received 12 March 1999; accepted 22 October 1999. Available online 9 March 2000.
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