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Benefits & Precautions for Eating Ghee in Childhood

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Ancient Ayurveda regards ghee as ‘sattvic’ food or food that helps develop the body and mind. Modern research has also revealed that desi cow ghee is rich in essential dietary elements like CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), Omega 3, and Omega 9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E, and K. When the human body assimilates nutrients in the ghee matrix, it makes the nutrition easier to absorb and accept.

Usually, it is advisable to introduce ghee into your baby’s diet when they are six months old. At that age, the digestive system is mature enough to take in the health benefits of ghee. However, parents must be careful not to overfeed ghee to avoid childhood obesity and other complications.

Health Benefits of Desi Ghee for Kids

  1. Healthy Weight Gain – If your baby is underweight, it can benefit by adding ghee to its diet. As ghee is saturated fat, it helps babies gain weight. But it should only be administered in moderate amounts.
  2. Bone Health – Ghee is rich in vitamin D. It helps make bones stronger and aids in the rapid development of limbs. Children given ghee from an early age learn to walk and climb sooner than others.
  3. Boosts Metabolism – Giving ghee in small doses helps boost metabolism in babies. It keeps them energetic and active. Good energy levels help babies in learning new activities and develop faster. A small quantity of ghee is enough to help a baby remain physically active and energetic all day.
  4. Easy to Digest –Ghee is not just easy to digest; it also aids in digestion and keeps tummy troubles away. If your child has colic issues or struggles with digestive troubles, a little ghee can soothe their stomach and help them digest food better.
  5. Relieves Chest Congestion – Ghee is also useful as an external medicine for babies. It will relieve congestion and help in healing the cold. If your baby has chest congestion, warm up some ghee and let it cool. Then massage the baby’s chest with it.
  6. Brain Development – Omega 3 Fatty acids in ghee help develop brain cells and promote cognitive ability. In the first five years of life, it is essential to aid brain development as best as possible.
  7. Energy – For a baby to develop and grow well, it must consume up to 1500 calories daily. Ghee has a high content of saturated fatty acids that can provide energy and stamina. If you make desi cow ghee at home, feeding it to babies in moderate quantities will help them remain active and strong.
  8. Rich in Nutrition – Ghee is full of nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Besides essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 9, ghee also has vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. Desi ghee offers many benefits to babies, children, and even adults.
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Precautions to Remember When Giving Ghee to Kids

Even though there are numerous health benefits of ghee, it is imperative to consume it only in moderate quantities. Over-consumption of ghee can be detrimental to your baby’s health. Start with only a few drops, and depending how your baby responds to the new taste, you can adjust the quantity. Usually, pediatricians recommend a few drops of ghee when the baby enters the 7th or 8th month.

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Many parents worry about how much ghee they should give their kids. The right amount of ghee in your baby’s diet can be helpful but over-consumption can lead them to childhood obesity and other complications. It is not advisable to give large quantities of ghee to underweight babies. Instead, you must seek the advice of a pediatrician. It is also recommended that you prepare ghee at home or purchase desi ghee for babies. Pure homemade ghee is free of adulterations and preservatives – and therefore is the best choice for your child.

You must adapt their diet chart accordingly as your baby grows and develops. Within weeks, you can introduce new things and tastes to give your child options in food. Remember to educate yourself well before trying anything new. Give your baby sometime to get used to the new tastes, and always feed in moderation. Ghee is a fantastic source of nutrition for babies and young children, and it can work wonders to help children gain strength and immunity.


Author Bio

Kunal Tambe is part of the content marketing team at Two Brothers Organic Farms. With his team, he works tirelessly to create awareness about organic farming, food sovereignty, sustainable practices, nutrition, climate change and a myriad of issues that surround these topics. His content offers value to farmers, the agriculture industry and to end consumers. Besides writing and developing content strategies, he loves adventure sports and listening to classical music.

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References

Hazra, T., Parmar, P. (2014). Natural antioxidant use in ghee-A mini review. Journal of Food Research and Technology, 2, 3, 101-105.

Dr. Vijayalaxmi B. Benakatti. (2017). Nutritional diet in Balyavasta – An Ayurvedic Perspective. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 2, 05, 89-92.

Sindhuja, S., Prakruthi, M., Manasa, R., Shivananjappa, M. (2020). Health benefits of ghee (clarified butter)-A review from ayurvedic perspective. IP Journal of Nutrition, Metabolism and Health Science, 3, 3, 64-72.

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