Fact Check: Post claiming burning cow ghee would produce oxygen is false
A post is being circulated on social media claiming that burning of cow ghee produces 1 tonne of fresh oxygen.
Hyderabad: A post is being circulated on social media claiming that burning of cow ghee produces 1 tonne of fresh oxygen.
The claim is false.
Combustion is a chemical reaction in which a substance, such as cow ghee, reacts with oxygen to produce heat, light, and various byproducts, including carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapour (H2O). This reaction can be represented by the equation:
Fuel (cow ghee) + O2 -> CO2 + H2O
Cow ghee is a complex mixture of various lipids, including glycerides (primarily triglycerides), free fatty acids, phospholipids, sterols, sterol esters, fat-soluble vitamins, carbonyls, hydrocarbons, and carotenoids. It is not known if burning any of these substances releases oxygen as a byproduct. Oxygen used for medical and industrial purposes is typically produced through processes such as cryogenic distillation or vacuum swing adsorption.
A similar claim was viral on social media that by burning 10 grams of ghee during a yagna, 1 ton of oxygen would be produced. The post was uploaded on April 20,2021.
Hence, the claim is false. The claim that burning 10 grams of ghee during a Yagna will produce 1 ton of oxygen is false. Such a statement goes against the laws of physics and is not based on scientific fact.