Ghee is rich in saturated fats but contains more of short- chain fatty acids which are easily assimilated, absorbed and metabolized to provide energy. It also contains higher quantity of mono unsaturated fatty acids (MFA) which is more desirable as it results in reduction of bad cholesterol, the LDL and increases the good cholesterol, the HDL.
Ayurveda also plays great emphasis on healing properties of ghee ranging from lubricating the joint to providing smooth, soft skin and lustrous hair. Ghee is also rich in vitamins A, D and riboflavin as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Cow ghee has got adverse publicity due to its high content of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) which are linked to abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes, CVD and cancer. However, a recent research has emphasized the much neglected aspect of cow ghee being rich in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is a potential therapeutic agent and helps in providing protection from cardiovascular diseases, builds up the immunity and has anti- carcinogenic properties.