Way To Check Purity Of Cow Ghee Vs Vegetable Ghee At Home
10 Jan, 2018
Ghee has become a delicious ingredient in our all daily dishes. However, the adulteration is still common in Ghee
Ghee, known as Clarified butter, is well known as an effective ingredient in our food. The adulteration in milk products is rampant nowadays. However, people still believe ghee is an ayurvedic medicine for various diseases and has huge importance in all the ritual ceremonies. Let’s look at how ghee is beneficial for us and how to check the purity of ghee.
Benefits of Ghee
- Ghee is rich in oil-soluble vitamins A and E.
- Ideal for various forms of cooking such as baking, sauteing, deep frying etc.
- It increases the body's resistance to various infections and -diseases by boosting the immune system.
- Ghee can be consumed by diabetics in a limited amount.
- Ghee is rich in vitamin K2 and Conjugated Linoleic Acid.
- Like any clarified butter, ghee is composed almost entirely of fat, 62% of which consists of saturated fats; the nutrition facts label found on bottled cow's ghee produced in the United States indicates 8 mg of cholesterol per teaspoon.
- It should not be confused with Vanaspati Ghee which is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil not clarified butter. Ghee is also sometimes called Desi (country-made) ghee to distinguish it from "vegetable ghee".
Cow Ghee Vs Vegetable Ghee (Vanaspati Tup)
As I mentioned above, ghee has evolved with various shades and types from time to time. Cow ghee and Vegetable ghee are two of them. When it comes to choosing between both of them, there is always a question arouses, which is better? So first let’s clear the concept of what is vegetable ghee?
Indian restaurants and some households may use partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (also known as vanaspati, dalda, or "vegetable ghee") in place of ghee because of its lower cost. This "vegetable ghee" may contain trans fat.
According to research vanaspati ghee is high in calories. One tablespoon of vanaspati ghee contains 122.4 calories as compared to 85.6 calories in Desi cow ghee. There is no doubt that desi cow ghee contains saturated fat and is high in cholesterol; vanaspati ghee contains trans fats that can have more adverse affect on your body. Thus Cow ghee is healthier than vegetable ghee.
How to check the purity of ghee
- Put a spoon of ghee in your palm, if it starts to melt itself that is pure. Normally, pure ghee melts on the body temperature.
- Put a spoon of ghee and heat it. If it melts quickly and appears dark brownish colour, that is pure ghee. Within a few seconds, the ghee will be melted. If it takes a longer time to melt and appear light yellow in colour, it is impure.
- Ghee can be tested in a Laboratory for its molecular melting structure and smoking points to determine the purity and determine if the ghee has been adulterated with vegetable oils.
- Take a small amount of pure Desi ghee in a test tube, heat it to melt and add an equal amount of concentrated HCl* (the acid that the stomach uses to digest food) and a pinch of sugar. Shake the tube hard and wait for five minutes. The appearance of crimson colour in the lower acid layer shows that hydrogenated oils/ vanaspati ghee has been mixed as an adulterant. Yet, if the colour of the mixture does not change, it means that there is no adulteration.
As we move ahead, the next question arises is where to buy pure cow ghee. The grocery shops near you may not assure you about the ghee purity. It may also include human hand touched while packaging. Hence, one can buy cow ghee from online grocery shops.You can believe in the quality of products from these brands while purchasing via online medium.
So, make sure to check whether ghee is pure or not and enjoy the warmness of pure cow ghee.
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