Sandeep Agarwal had a young son with chronic health conditions–he caught colds easily, had chest congestion, and developed asthma. As Sandeep began to research ways to help him, he came across the principles of the Weston A. Price Foundation. They resonated with him, as he remembered the foods his ancestors enjoyed in India; they included raw milk, full fat foods, and ghee.
In today’s episode, you will hear the results of Sandeep’s research, which led him to ancient Indian texts that confirmed what he saw playing out in his own family: that traditional foods support and enhance our health. He discovered that ayurvedic traditions embraced raw milk and ghee for their healing properties.
His family tweaked their diet to include these foods and they also began avoiding sweets, and making other dietary changes that followed the wise tradition principles. Today, they enjoy good health and they run a business which provides organic ghee and other Indian spices and foods.
Sandeep Agarwal is the founder of the Pure Indian Foods company which makes grassfed organic ghee and sells traditional organic Indian foods. This was not his original passion. He was working as a computer scientist when his young two year-old began to get chronic colds, chest congestion, and asthma. When Sandeep began to research how to help him, he came across the Weston A. Price Foundation.
In today’s episode, you’ll learn:
- about his young son’s health crisis, how he had to use an inhaler, meds, nebulizer, etc.
- why the Weston A. Price Foundation’s principles resonated with him
- how he obtained and drank raw milk back in India
- the dietary changes his family made, to align with the Wise Traditions diet
- how his son improved
- what ancient Indian texts say about raw milk and other healing practices
- about Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing science which is 5000 years old
- about his family’s ghee business back in India
- how he and his wife started the business
- the process for making ghee
- the chemical composition of butter and ghee
- how ghee is simply the fat part of the butter
- why ghee is a good choice for people with dairy sensitivities (works with GAPS diet, for example)
- what the Sanskrit texts say about ghee
- the benefits of ghee (which include: good eyesight, rejuvenating, longevity, strength, immunity)
- the concept of “ojaf “ in ayurvedic tradition
- why many Indians consider ghee bad for their health
- why he believes ghee has become so popular today
Sandeep speaks at conferences in the U.S. and India. He is a graduate of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies’ two-year herbalist training program and one-year graduate program. He is passionate about cooking traditional Indian foods using lots of fresh herbs and dry spices.
Pureindianfoods.com – website for organic ghee and other organic food products and spices
Butterworld.org – Sandeep is the founder and curator of this traveling exhibition showcasing unique, rare and historical dairy artifacts from around the world