Indian cuisines are famous for its delectable taste and aroma. Thanks to our age-old cooking tradition that uses a lot of spices and desi ghee. Desi ghee or cow ghee makes our tadka dal savory, mutton biryani lip-smacking and our paranthas complete. Besides the taste and aroma, cow ghee is good for health too.
During the lockdown, Indians had been busy experimenting with different cuisines and one item that has been used vigorously is cow ghee. It is a carrier of fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, E and K, which our bodies need in very small quantities but can’t make for itself. These vitamins perform many essential functions.
These vitamins perform many essential functions. Similarly, the essential fatty acids, which cannot be synthesized in our body, are also supplied by ghee. Cow ghee is the pure clarified fat-derived solely from milk or curd or desi butter or from cream to which no colouring matter flavor or preservative gets added. Ghee is an important dairy product that enters inter-state trade too. Due to variation in its composition from region to region and season to season and also because it depends on the type of animal and the feed given, the establishment of its purity often involves elaborate analysis, as well as tests for its keeping quality.
Why cow ghee is more yellow?
Cow ghee is more yellow because of the pigment (the natural colouring matter of animal or plant tissue) beta-carotene. Beta- carotene comes from the cows’ diet, which consists mostly of dried grass, grass, grains and cereals. The amount of beta carotene in the cow ghee depends on a few factors:
Cow feed is the most important (grass-fed dairy products contain more beta carotene than cows who are fed grains).
The season of the year is also important. The biological makeup of milk changes throughout the lactation period.
As there is no validated test method to authentic cow ghee, we could not carry out authentication tests. Comparative testing was conducted as per prescribed parameters in national standard for Ghee.
Consumer VOICE team this time singled out 11 popular /regular selling cow ghee brands and tested on different parameters including vitamin A, milk fat, adulteration, flavor and taste among others.
So the next time you are going to buy your cow ghee, make sure you are acquainted with the correct information. To know what constituents make the cow ghee brand best for you, get a copy of the report from the Consumer VOICE magazine.
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