Janmashtami 2023: Know the health benefits of Butter and Ghee
Janmashtami is a celebration of Lord Krishna's birthday. If you've heard stories from your grandparents about him, you probably know that he really loved butter. He loved it so much that he didn't mind taking it from others, and people affectionately called him 'maakhan chor' (the butter thief).
But nowadays, thinking about eating butter can make people worry about gaining weight and getting unhealthy.
In the world today, many people believe that butter is bad, full of calories, and can make you fat. However, our ancestors used to eat a lot of white butter and ghee, and these foods were actually really good for our bodies.
White butter and ghee have many benefits. They are rich in anti-aging Vitamin A and enzymes, making food taste better and improving our overall health. In fact, in Ayurveda butter or makhan is considered a superfood that everyone should have every day. You know, in ancient times, they used to say it was worth getting a loan just so you could have a little butter or ghee every day. And you know what? There's a pretty good reason behind that advice!
Provides good calories
Butter is known to have a lot of calories, but surprisingly, foods with higher calorie content can be better for your body. For every 100 grams of butter, you get about 750 calories. Knowing how many calories you consume is important because it helps you make informed choices about your diet, and despite butter's high-calorie content, it can still be a beneficial part of your overall nutritional intake.
Aids in weight loss
Believe it or not, white butter contains a substance called lecithin that helps your body handle and burn cholesterol and other fats more effectively. This helps you break down and use fats efficiently, which can actually help you shed weight. It also keeps your cravings in check while you're on a diet, making it easier to lose weight.
Helps with minor infections
Butter has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties that can boost your immune system and help you recover from minor illnesses like an upset stomach or a cold and flu. Have you ever wondered why your mom used to give you homemade lentil rice with a spoonful of white butter or ghee when you were sick?
It's because of its excellent antibacterial properties.
Strengthens your immune system
Butter has a special kind of saturated fat that holds onto important nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins A and D. These nutrients give a boost to your immune system.
Enhances brain function:
Butter's unique molecular structure allows it to penetrate tissues that are usually hard to reach, like the brain. It helps transport nutrients to the brain and removes waste, promoting optimal brain function.
Promotes healthy, glowing skin
Butter is rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin E, which help smooth and nourish the skin, giving it a healthy and elastic appearance. This contributes to a radiant complexion.
Supports cancer prevention
Butter contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and certain fatty acids with anti-cancer properties.
Addresses various health issues
In Ayurveda, white butter is recommended as a remedy for conditions such as ear problems, insomnia, bedwetting, sexual weakness, and even mental illnesses. It's particularly advised for pregnant women during their fourth month of pregnancy because it nourishes the growing child and eases labor.
Due to its unique structure, butter helps produce compounds that lubricate joints. This is especially beneficial for people with arthritis as it reduces joint pain.
Supports children's brain and nervous system development:
Butter contains Arachidonic Acid (AA), which plays a crucial role in brain function and maintaining healthy cellular structure. It's essential for the proper development of a child's brain.
Additionally, butter provides a highly absorbable form of vitamin D, which is crucial for the functioning of synapses (connections between nerve cells in the brain). Since children's brains are still developing, giving them the right and essential nourishment is crucial for their growth.
So, remember, when it comes to butter, it's not just about the calories, it's about the healthy calories that can make a positive difference in your diet and well-being.
Embrace the butter this Janamashtmi, and enjoy!