Olive Oil or Desi Ghee? Nutritionist Pooja Malhotra talks about what is healthier

Olive Oil or Desi Ghee? Nutritionist Pooja Malhotra talks about what is healthier

Olive Oil or Desi Ghee?  Nutritionist Pooja Malhotra talks about what is healthier

Ghee has a high smoke point which makes it ideal for Indian cuisine

From salad dressing and baking to stir-frying delicious chicken and vegetables, cooking oil and ghee are used for a variety of purposes. Oil gives a smooth texture along with a delicious look to our dishes, while ghee offers a distinct flavor. In addition, oils and ghee contain fats, which support certain functions in our body. People have recently become more health conscious and there is a growing concern about which oil is healthier and good for the heart. Most of us were confused 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 shares some important points about desi ghee and olive oil to help us make an informed choice between the two. According to her, both desi ghee and olive oil are similar in terms of calories and fat. However, the composition of fatty acids is quite different.

Desi ghee or clarified butter consists of medium chain fatty acids and has a high smoke point. This, according to nutritionists, makes desi ghee a good choice for high-temperature Indian cooking. In addition, clarified butter also contains fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D and K. However, it is also high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which is why desi ghee must be consumed in moderation, suggests Pooja Malhotra.

On the other hand, olive oil is considered relatively healthier than other oils due to its content of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and Omega 3. In addition, olive oil is also an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil is also touted as a heart-friendly oil because it is plant-based and cholesterol-free. The nutritionist suggests that olive oil would ideally be used for cooking at low temperatures and as a dressing for salads.

He also emphasizes that all fats and oils are rich in calories and should not be consumed in excessive amounts.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. For more information, always consult a specialist or your doctor. NDTV takes no responsibility for this information.

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