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Which Is Better, Desi Ghee Or Olive Oil?

Desi Ghee vs Olive oil has been the most debated question since the popularity of healthy oils. Instead there have been speculations that homemade desi ghee is better than olive oil and has been beneficial for health as well.

The people in the keto diet have been in a constant dilemma of what to choose. This article will give you a point by point difference and depiction of what is better.


Here is an introduction of how the desi ghee and the olive oil are prepared and what is present in the respective fats.


Desi ghee is made with separated butter from the milk. The butter is then heated in a high temperature until the milk residue gets separated. The ghee is then separated and stained with the help of a cloth. This helps in removal of fat from actual ghee.

The initial butter has an increased amount of fat than the ghee. Desi ghee is rich in healthy fats and also provides adequate amounts of energy to the consumer.

Ghee is used for various cooking and greasing purposes. It also contains butyric acid in nutrition which helps in maintaining your immunity level.


Olive oil is processed oil which is used for low temperature purposes. It has been stated as a healthier option than butter. It is true that ghee and butter is flexible enough to be used at a higher temperature.When olive oil is heated at high temperature, it starts burning fat and becomes harmful for health. The reason for burning fat is the oxidation process of the olive oil.


The fat content present in both olive oil and ghee is different. The nutritional value varies in both of them.


The good quality desi ghee is made up of high quality naturally raised cows and prepared without any adulteration.

The high quality desi ghee contains conjugated lin-oleic acid (CLA) which is helpful in fat loss. This type of oleic acid ensures that there is less increment of cholesterol levels. Studies show that there is reduced risk of heart disease because of maintained cholesterol levels.

Desi ghee also contains types of saturated fat. The types of saturated fats present in it are Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. This is bad cholesterol and re-balances the maintained levels of CLA.


The best type of olive oil can be witnessed through the extra virgin olive oil. It is also certified and contains natural and organic contents. The major organic ingredient in the oil is olive.

It contains three types of fat that is saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. The nutritional value is approximately 14.2 % of saturated fat, 11.2% polyunsaturated fat and 74.5% of monounsaturated fat.

Omega 9 is a type of monounsaturated fat which is a good fat. It decreases the LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol).


If you believe that oil and ghee are full of adequate amounts of fat then it is not true. It contains a certain amount of vitamins as well. It helps the body with various health benefits. It also helps the people who are into keto diet and consume low carb diets.

Keto diet tends to have temporary keto flu. Studies have shown that adequate amounts of vitamins reduced the risk of keto flu.


Desi ghee is rich in fat soluble vitamins. It contains vitamin A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is helpful for the maintenance of various bodily functions. It helps to maintain the health of the teeth and keep it away from the cavity. The bone density also elevates to a considerable amount.

Vitamin D has been an important source since it has been observed that there are many people who are deficient of it. It is helpful in the absorption level of calcium and phosphorus in the body.Vitamin E is an antioxidant and vitamin K helps in the prevention from coagulation of the blood cells.


Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and K which are also fat soluble vitamins and have its own perks of consumption.

Vitamin E is a tocopherol which is an antioxidant. This oxidant is useful in the production of red blood cells. The vitamin K is a type of vitamin which needs to get activated. Vitamin E helps in the usage of vitamin K as well.

Vitamin K is also a necessity because it helps to keep the blood cells separated and keep it away from the coagulation. It also maintains the bone density of an individual.


Usage of both desi ghee and olive oil can be different. Although olive oil is much more keto friendly, doesn’t mean that desi ghee is completely useless.


Desi ghee has a high burning point due to which it becomes easier for the food to be cooked in high temperature. It is a stable choice for the chef because it helps in the baking, frying, roasting and sautéing in a better way.

Soups and stews need high and longer time for cooking, usage of ghee can make it much more delicious. You can also spread ghee over toast or muffins. In baking, it helps in the making of fluffy bakery products.

It can be helpful for keto dieters as well. They can fry steaks and many more keto products.


Olive oil has been considered the healthier product but it is unknown that if overheated, it can lead to the burning of oil. It has a low burning point and is only helpful in moderate temperature cooking.

It is a best choice for keto lovers because they can pour it for sautéing vegetables and making salads. There are numerous keto dishes which can be prepared because of the health benefits of olive oil.


By shelf life it means that what can be the expiry date if not mentioned in the package. If you are making it at home then also there will be a shelf life.


The opened jar of desi ghee can be used for at least three months. If you want to increase the shelf life of desi ghee then you must keep it in a refrigerator.

The homemade ghee is purest and has no additive that is why it can be used for approx an year. If there is no change in smell and taste then you can use it beyond a year.


Olive oil has a very long shelf life. It can be used for more than one and a half years. Extra virgin oil tends to have approximately 2 years of shelf life.


Both desi ghee and olive oil have different health benefits.


  •         It enhances physical and mental health.
  •         It helps in detoxifying the body.
  •         It helps in the efficient working of eyesight.
  •         Aids in digestive health and helps to lose weight if consumed in moderate amounts.
  •         If you have an elevated cholesterol level then desi ghee is lower in fat levels and can be helpful.
  •         It helps in prevention of type 2 diabetes.


  •         It is helpful in cardiovascular disease and prevents heart attacks, cancers and headaches.
  •         It is used to treat various diseased conditions such as constipation, high cholesterol, high BP, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and intestinal gas.
  •         It also helps feed good gut bacteria and act as a cleanser.
  •         If applied on skin, it can treat various infections and allergies.
  •         It also helps in prevention of UV damage.


There aren’t any risk factors of olive oil.

Desi ghee can have certain harmful side effects. If over-consumed, it can lead to increment of weight. If you are on a keto diet, then it can all lead to the deletion of the ketone body.The moderate use of desi ghee is better.


The bottom line is it is definite that both have their own characteristics and are useful for the body. But, if you want to reduce weight and you are on a keto diet then it is better that you avoid desi ghee to a certain limit.

The characteristics which are generally found in the desi ghee can also be observed in the olive oil. Olive oil also has its own pros and cons. The eating plans must revolve around how healthy it is.As mentioned above, olive oil cannot be used for high temperature cooking. If you have something to cook in low or moderate flame then you can use olive oil. Rather than this you can use desi ghee.

It will help you to have a needed amount of consumption and will also benefit you. Moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

Stay healthy!


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