Is Ghee Good For Health?? Is It Safe For Diabetics??

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 31-Jan-2022Read Time : 3 minutes
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Ghee, also known as clarified butter, is prepared by simmering the butter and churning the cream. It is one of the mandatory ingredients in the kitchens of India. Since ancient times ghee has been believed to possess health benefits. Ayurveda has recognized ghee as a source of healthy fat. But questions like is ghee good for diabetes? Is it safe for diabetics to eat ghee daily? Does ghee increase weight? leave us with doubts if this ancient food is really healthy for people suffering from diabetes. Read this article to get all your answers. 

Contents:
  • Ghee: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Ghee for Diabetes
  • Ways to Consume Ghee For Diabetes
  • Best Time to Consume Ghee For Diabetes
  • Risks of Over Consuming of Ghee For Diabetes
  • Other Health Benefits of Ghee
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Ghee: Nutritional Profile

One Tablespoon (15 grams) of ghee contains the following nutrients: 

Calories: 135

Total Fat: 9 g

Saturated Fat: 9 g

Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g

Monounsaturated Fat: 3.7 g

Cholesterol: 33 mg

Sodium: 0.3 mg

Potassium: 0.6 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 0 g

Dietary Fiber: 0 g

Sugars: 0 g

Protein: 0 g

Vitamin A: 7.9%

Vitamin C: 0%

Calcium: 0%

Iron: 0%

Advantages Of Ghee For Diabetes

One of the major health benefits that ghee comes with is that it helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Ghee, when consumed in moderate quantities, helps prevent constipation as it acts as a natural lubricant within the system.

  • Good for intestinal health
  • Prevents cardiovascular diseases
  • Provides the body with essential good fat such as HDL 
  • Curbs your appetite
  • Prevents blood sugar spikes
  • Cures constipation

Ways To Consume Ghee For Diabetes

  • You can top a pinch of ghee over chapati
  • Add half a teaspoon of ghee to your lunch
  • Add 1 teaspoon of cow’s ghee to lukewarm water and  drink it early in the morning. This will cure colds, coughs and boost immunity. 

Best Time To Consume Ghee For Diabetes

The best time for a diabetic to consume ghee is for breakfast or lunch. Also, 1 tablespoon of ghee will do you good everyday. Ghee consists of linoleic acid, which plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular health risks in diabetic patients. A tablespoon of ghee a day can keep heart diseases at bay. 

Risks Of Over Consuming Ghee For Diabetes

Since ghee is primarily saturated fats, it can lead to many heart complications if consumed excessively. It can also lead to weight gain and other health problems in diabetics. Hence, it is best to consult your doctor or health care practitioner, who could be the best guide on this matter.

Other Health Benefits Of Ghee

  • Ghee is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin K, which can help boost immunity in diabetics. 
  • Since ghee is a fat-based source, it helps absorb many fat-soluble dietary foods such as some vitamins, essential fats, and fibers. 
  • Ghee also helps to soothe the skin and inflammations. It also has proven to increase the flexibility of the joints and bone health.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • One tablespoon (15g) of ghee consists of 130 Kcal, 15g of fats, trace amounts of milk proteins, no carbohydrates, and 8% of vitamin A, 2% of vitamin E, and 1% of vitamin K.
  • It improves the digestive system and helps avoid constipation in diabetic patients.
  • It consists of linoleic acid which helps lower the cardiovascular health risks in diabetes, ghee gives a feeling of fullness which helps the diabetic patients with their journey in weight loss, helps to increase the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, helps to keep a check on the sugar levels in the blood.
  • Even though ghee does offer a variety of benefits in diabetic patients, it is important to watch the quantity of ghee you consume as it may lead to weight gain and increased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, leading to heart problems.
  • Ghee is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin K, which can help boost immunity in diabetics.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together. 

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