Ghruta is considered an incredibly healthy substance, referred to by many Ayurvedic practitioners as liquid gold.
In the Western world, people might be surprised to hear of a product that’s entirely fat be considered one of the healthiest things on the planet. Nonetheless, Ghruta is revered as one of the best Ayurvedic foods to consume.
Part of the reason for this is because Ghruta’s lipid profile is different than that of other fats. This leads to a different array of health benefits when compared to fats like butter, and also reduces the chance of any adverse effects.
In this article, we’ll explain how the lipid profile for Ghruta is different from that of other fats.
Ghruta – A Saturated Fat With A Unique Composition
Ghruta has become the subject of a great deal of scrutiny in recent years because of its incredibly high saturated fat content.
Ghruta is about 80% milk fat. About two thirds of that milk fat is saturated fat. Because of this high content, Ghruta has been accused of leading to an increase in coronary illnesses in India, leading it to be described as one of the ‘most misunderstood foods in the world.’
A large part of this confusion is due to the belief that all saturated fats are the same, which they are not.
Much like coconut oil, which is incredibly high in saturated fat, Ghruta has a unique lipid profile when compared to other forms of saturated fat.
One of the reasons for this is because Ghruta has a very unique carbon atom structure. This atomic structure is a lot smaller than that which is found in the average molecule of saturated fat, producing a number of interesting properties.
This smaller carbon structure is what allows for Ghruta to be so easily absorbed and excreted by the body. It also helps to provide many of the health benefits that Ghruta is known for – enhanced cognition, longevity, and digestion, just to name a few.
It’s also important to note that saturated fats have been misunderstood because studies often don’t take into account the whole diet of the participants. Saturated fats can be unhealthy when combined with a diet high in refined carbohydrates,
Ghruta & Fatty Acids
Ghruta is primarily composed of short- and medium-chain fatty acids. Short- and medium-chain fatty acids are easily assimilated by the body, and can help to reduce cholesterol levels and excess fat.
Butyrate, one of the short-chain fatty acids found in Ghruta, is known to provide a number of health benefits.
Butyrate can help to fight inflammation throughout the body, can reduce seepage from undigested food, and can help to repair the important mucosal wall in the digestive tract.
Because of Ghruta’s unique lipid profile, it is a very useful compound for our health. Ghruta can help reduce levels of cholesterol, fight inflammation, and restore cognitive health.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)