When living with PCOS, it is a hard and fast rule to mind your diet. Does this mean you should give up on your cultural food? Ghee or clarified butter is a traditional staple in the Indian kitchen, but is it a no-no if you have PCOS? Is ghee good for PCOS? Does it have any properties that can help improve your condition? Let’s find out.Contents:
Ghee is prepared by heating butter to separate liquid and milk solids from fat. The milk solids turn yellowish or brown in colour and settle at the bottom, where the liquid ghee is then separated from. Ghee prepared from cow milk is considered healthier when compared to ghee made from buffalo milk or other sources.
The nutritional value of 100g of ghee from any dairy source according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is as follows:
Did You Know!
Ghee has a High Smoking Point!
Unlike other oils and fats, ghee does not oxidise and produce free radicals. It can be stored without refrigeration for longer, provided it has no moisture content in it. Additionally, ghee does not burn as it has a high smoking point of 485° Fahrenheit. This makes it more suitable for high-temperature cooking.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. In women with PCOS, the ovaries produce an excess amount of male hormones called androgens, which are usually present in a smaller amount in women.
Due to this hormonal imbalance, the ovaries are unable to release eggs (ovulation), which causes irregular menstrual cycles. Irregular ovulation can also cause numerous small, fluid-filled sacs to develop on the ovaries. Excess androgens can cause unwanted facial hair, acne, weight gain, hair loss, and other complications such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease etc.
Ghee may help you manage PCOS in the following ways:
Ghee is a good source of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), a type of omega 3 fatty acid, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Studies suggest that the DHA and CLA present in ghee improve metabolism, which means the way the body changes food and drinks into energy, and help reduce excessive weight gain and promote the burning of excess calories in your body.
Most women with PCOS often experience insulin resistance, which means the cells in their body lose the ability to take up glucose from the bloodstream. This results in excess glucose in the blood resulting in increased production of insulin to stabilise blood sugar levels. The increase in insulin stimulates the production of excess androgen in your body, which may worsen the symptoms of PCOS.
Studies suggest that butyric acid in ghee improves insulin resistance and helps stabilise blood glucose levels. This can help prevent the production of excess androgen and manage the symptoms of PCOS.
Individuals with PCOS may be more prone to developing low-grade systemic inflammation. This may be due to insulin resistance that causes excess glucose to build up in the bloodstream for a long time, which can lead to chronic inflammation.
Ghee is anti-inflammatory in nature, thanks to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids and butyric acid. Studies suggest that butyric acid has potent anti-inflammatory effects which can counteract systemic inflammation and lower your risk for obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, etc.
Ghee is versatile and can be consumed in different forms. Adding ghee to any dish enhances its flavour and aroma.
You can add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of ghee each to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Limit your consumption to 10 to 15 ml per day.
Taking ghee on an empty stomach can boost your metabolism and aid in weight loss. Thus, it may indirectly help in PCOS management by helping you control your weight.
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