Ghee is known for its umpteen benefits. From hair health to brain functioning, ghee has a reputation of the ingredient that can do it all. Maybe that’s why our grandmothers used to stuff us with ghee-laden rotis and laddoos. But, if you have never really loved this crowd-pleaser much, that’s absolutely fine.
Ghee is one of the healthiest everyday foods according to Ayurveda. But contrary to popular belief, it is not for everybody. Just like the much-raved-about benefits of ghee, there are certain lesser-known drawbacks of eating ghee.
Dr Rekha Radhamony, an Ayurveda expert who is popular on Instagram, stated some facts of ghee. She shared a post about who shouldn’t consume ghee to avoid health complications. Captioning her post, she wrote, “Ghee is the best, no doubt! It is great for everyday use. However, it is not so great in certain health conditions!”
Ghee is guru (heavy to digest). So, while ghee might work as a laxative for some, it may do absolutely the opposite for people suffering from indigestion. “If you’re someone with chronic indigestion and stomach issues, do not overdo ghee.” says Dr Radhamony.
Hold on all your cough and cold DIY remedies with ghee as an ingredient. According to Ayurveda, ghee is kapha increasing. Therefore, it is deemed not good for consumption during fever associated with cough and cold.
Pregnant women usually suffer from a bloated stomach and indigestion. Therefore, it is advised for pregnant women to limit their ghee intake if they are undergoing cold or upset stomach.
Dr Radhamony suggests that one should avoid ghee in all diseases of the liver and spleen.
If you do not fall under any of those categories, do not miss out on the virtues of ghee.
Here’s her post for you to see:
A point to note is that if ghee is your usual cooking medium and it harms your health, there are many more healthier oils to use. You can choose between sunflower oil, mustard oil, sesame oil and avocado oil as your primary cooking medium. These oils are rich in fatty acids and have high smoke points.