From dressing and cooking to frying delicious chicken and vegetables, cooking oil and ghee are used for various purposes. The oil gives a smooth texture and an appetizing appearance to our dishes while the ghee provides a distinct taste. In addition to this, oils and ghee contain fats that support certain functions in our body. Now, people have become more health conscious lately, and there are more and more people wondering which oil is healthier and good for the heart. Most of us have been puzzled by this question which remains unresolved. Don’t worry, nutritionist Pooja Malhotra is here to help.
Olive Oil Vs Desi Ghee: Which Is Healthier?
In her latest Instagram Reel, the nutritionist lists some important points about desi ghee and olive oil to help us make an informed choice between the two. According to her, desi ghee and olive oil are similar in calorific value and fat content. However, the fatty acid composition of the two is quite different.
Desi ghee or clarified butter consists of medium chain fatty acids and has a high smoke point. According to the nutritionist, this makes desi ghee a good choice for high heat Indian cooking. Additionally, clarified butter also contains fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, and K. However, it is also high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which is why desi ghee should be consumed in moderation, Pooja suggests. Malhotra.
On the other hand, olive oil is considered relatively healthier than other oils due to its monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) and omega 3 content. Additionally, olive oil is also antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil is also touted as a heart-friendly oil because it is plant-based and contains no cholesterol. The nutritionist suggests that olive oil is ideally used for low temperature cooking and as a dressing in salads.
She also points out that all fats and oils are calorie dense and should not be consumed in excess.
Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It does not in any way replace qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim any responsibility for this information.
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