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Ghee, Grains and Their Glycemic Index

Published on:
March 15, 2023

Ghee, Grains And Their Glycemic Index


In India, it is a common practice to spread Ghee over chapatis and parathas. When our mothers/ grandmothers boiled rice for the whole family, Ghee used to be an indispensable ingredient added each time in boiling the rice. They have been insisting for ages on the importance of including Ghee in our lentils/Dals, Rice, Breads/Chapatis, Khichadi and other grains.  

Only recently, have the Nutritionists and Dieticians discovered that using Ghee in grains, reduces the Glycemic Index of the grains, and makes them more digestible. According to modern nutritionists, “Ghee is a medication for people with diabetes”. Ghee contains fatty acids that aid in stabilizing and metabolizing high blood glucose levels. Furthermore, if ghee is included in rice, it becomes simple for people with diabetes to digest glucose from rice efficiently. So instead of spiking the insulin and making you obese, ghee helps shed fat and lose weight naturally!

 Ghee according to Vedas is the first and most essential of all foods. The magical golden liquid, fragrant and healthy, was made from the milk of grass-fed cows that grazed in a natural and unpolluted environment. Ayurveda places it on the top of the must-have food list. As per Modern-Day Nutritional Science, it has been researched and found that the molecular structure of Ghee is like our body lipids, so our internal systems readily and easily absorb Ghee and food cooked in Ghee.

Ghee makes the body flexible and, in small doses, is tridoshic. Ghee is a catalytic agent that carries the medicinal properties of herbs and food-nutrition into the seven dhatus or tissues of the body. Ghee pacifies ‘Pitta’ and ‘Vata’ and is acceptable, in moderation, for ‘Kapha’ too. These are the three types of body-imbalances in Ayurveda which are the root cause of all the modern-day disease.

The benefits of Ghee include support for strong bones and weight loss. It performs as a remarkable detox remedy for indigestion and a top-rated cooking oil, which is versatile, storage-friendly, healthy, and allergy safe.

 Tips on how we can use Ghee Appétit to bring down the Glycemic Index of the grains  we cook and eat on a daily basis:

  1. You can have Ghee with rice, or you can roast cumin seeds with ghee and add it to already cooked rice to make Pulao Rice or Jeera Rice.
  2. When cooking or Pressure-cooking lentils or dals, add 2-3 tablespoons of ghee to the pot. This is in addition to the tempering/tadka that we do to finish the Dal/Lentils.
  3. If you are baking cakes, pancakes, and muffins you can use Ghee instead of butter.
  4. You can Ghee your breads instead of buttering your breads, toasts, bagels and other bakery.
  5. In your morning hot cereals e.g. oats, rice puddings etc.., add a tablespoon of Ghee glaze to enjoy the benefits.
  6. Your Keto breads, pancakes, tortillas will never be dry if cooked with or in Ghee.
  7.  If you are a fan of pseudo-grains like Millets, Quinoa, Amaranth, Buckwheat etc.. Cook them in Ghee too.

Note: Ghee if consumed correctly, it has immense health benefits. Also, consult a diabetologist when you decide to include ghee in your diet to reap maximum benefits.

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