Can you eat ghee when pregnant?

In this article, we are going to answer the question if you can eat ghee when pregnant. We are also going to talk about the benefits of consuming ghee, its side effects, how much to eat, and how to include it in your diet. 

Can you eat ghee when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat ghee when pregnant. Eating ghee will not cause any effect on pregnant women or babies. Eating ghee when pregnant may be beneficial for health because of all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals ghee can offer. 

What is Ghee?

Ghee is the Indian word for clarified butter. Butter goes through a process where it has been simmered and strained to remove all water content from it. Ghee is a very important element of Ayurveda. 

For years, it has been used for its anti-inflammatory effects and digestive and therapeutic properties. It has a higher smoke point than butter and the process removes casein and lactose which make it a suitable product for dairy intolerant people. 

Ghee is used in the Ayurveda as a vehicle for herbal medicine. In their beliefs, ghee is sacred so when you get herbal medication with ghee, you get both benefits: the sacred and the medicine. 

Ayurveda prescribes the consumption of pure cow ghee by adding it to boiled milk with saffron and a little bit of turmeric. It is a kind of golden milk and it helps to boost the immunity, and brain health of the baby and promotes a healthy delivery by lubricating the vagina. 

What does ghee contain?

Ghee is rich in so many nutrients, here is a list of all it has:

  • Vitamin A, D, E, and K
  • Omega 6 and 9
  • Calcium, Iron, and Magnesium
  • Butyric Acid
  • Beta-Carotene

1 teaspoon of ghee contains:

Calories42 calories
Proteins0 grams
Fat5 grams
Carbohydrate0 grams
Fiber0 grams
Sugar0 grams

What are the benefits of consuming ghee when pregnant?

Ghee is a better option than eating normal butter because of the process it goes through to remove water. This process makes it a more nutritious product.

  • Baby development
  • Digestive issues
  • Natural stress reliever
  • Rich in nutrients
  • Promotes a healthy delivery

Baby development

It has a high content of fat, principally omega 6 and 9 fish is critical for baby brain and neural system development.

Digestive issues

Ghee has antibacterial and prebiotic properties which help to maintain a healthy digestive system. 

Natural stress reliever. It also has a high concentration of butyrate, a fatty acid that plays an important role in digestive health. 

Rich in nutrients

As said above, ghee has a lot of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that play a very important role for a baby and mom while pregnant. 

More scientifically, because of its high-fat contents, it’s the perfect vehicle to deliver vitamins and minerals. Saying this, when you cook your vegetables with ghee the nutrients stick to the ghee.

Promotes healthy delivery

It is believed that taking up to 3 tablespoons of ghee may help to keep the vagina lubricated when delivering the baby because of its high content in fat. 

What are the side effects of eating ghee when pregnant?

The main side effect of consuming too much ghee is that because of the high content of fat, it may lead to an overweight mom and baby. Eating ghee when pregnant will not cause a direct negative effect on your health. 

If you are on a low-calorie diet because of excess weight or you are worried you can go up the scale, you should keep low in your ghee intake and overall fats. 

Just keep in mind that ghee is not recommended if you have a heart problem. In several studies with rats, it has been proven that high consumption of ghee may raise unhealthy cholesterol and triglycerides. 

How much ghee can you eat when pregnant?

You can consume up to 3 tablespoons of ghee per day. Just remember you need to check your overall consumption of fats per day. 

How to include ghee in your diet?

  • Cook vegetables with ghee
  • To fried some rice 
  • Dip your salmon with ghee and garlic, just add some salt
  • Add it to your favorite bread
  • You can make some hot chocolate with milk and ghee
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Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question if you can eat ghee when pregnant, what are the benefits, and side effects, how much you can eat, and how to include it in your diet. 

If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Citation

https://www.cloudninecare.com/blog/is-ghee-good-or-bad-for-pregnancy#:~:text=Consuming%20ghee%20during%20 pregnancy%20will,by%20origin%20allows%20this%20chemistry.

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/eating-ghee-in-pregnancy-benefits-risks-myths/
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/what-is-ghee

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