The Fat of the Land
Cholesterol Ghee is not recommended for individuals already suffering from high cholesterol. • Nestle was found to have the highest amount of cholesterol (267.8 mg/100 gm); it was lowest in Anik (251.0 mg/100 gm). Saturated Fat Saturated fats are derived from animal fat as well as vegetable fat. Saturated fats directly raise total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. It is expected to be less in ghee. • Saturated fat was found highest in Patanjali (72.93 gm/100 gm) and lowest in Milkfood (65.68 gm/100 gm). Trans Fatty Acids Trans fatty acids also raise the level of ‘bad’ cholesterol in our blood. Highest amount of trans fat was found in Madhusudan (3.37 gm/100 gm); it was lowest in Ananda (0.50 gm/100 gm). PUFA Polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFAs, are found in plant and animal foods such as salmon, vegetable oils and some nuts and seeds. Eating moderate amounts of polyunsaturated (and monounsaturated) fat in place of saturated and trans fats can benefit your health. Polyunsaturated fats can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. • PUFA was found highest in Navdanya (4.95 gm/100 gm) and lowest in Mother Dairy cow ghee (2.07 gm/100 gm). MUFA Both monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, and PUFAs are referred to as the healthy fats. MUFAs are associated with lowering the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and total cholesterol while also increasing the production of the good cholesterol (HDL). These fats can be found in vegetable oils like canola, peanut and olive oil, as well as in nuts. • MUFA was found highest in Gowardhan (28.08 gm/100 gm) and Mother Dairy cow ghee (27.28 gm/100 gm), and lowest in Patanjali (22.3 gm/100 gm).