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Is Buttermilk Good For You?

By Dr Prachi Garg +2 more

Chilled buttermilk is a soothing drink for summer. It has innumerable health benefits as well. Traditional buttermilk is the residue left behind after milk cream is churned into butter. It can also be made by diluting and mixing water in curd. It is commonly known as ‘chhaas’. Commercially available cultured buttermilk is prepared by fermenting no-fat milk with bacteria that produce lactic acid. It is more viscous than traditional buttermilk.

Glasses of freshly prepared buttermilk

Nutritional Value of Buttermilk:

100 ml of buttermilk gives about 40 calories of energy. It contains less fat and fewer calories than milk due to the removal of butter. It is a good source of protein and calcium, making it a valuable part of buttermilk nutrition. It also contains sodium, potassium, vitamins and traces of phosphorus.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Buttermilk:

Some of the potential benefits of buttermilk are listed below:

1. Natural Coolant for the Body 

Buttermilk is amazingly refreshing and quickly cools down our bodies. A glass of buttermilk topped with cumin seeds, mint and salt, is well suited to quench our thirst and cool our bodies in the hot summer months from April to July.

It can also be topped with ice cubes and proves to be a good alternative to the chemical-laden cold drinks available in the market.

A glass of buttermilk can also provide relief to post-menopausal women who experience hot flashes.

2. Prevents Dehydration

Buttermilk is made using curd and water. It contains around 90 per cent of water and electrolyte like potassium.

Thus, buttermilk is effective in maintaining water balance in the body and prevents dehydration.

3. Good for Our Digestive System

Buttermilk is a boon for our digestive system. Healthy bacteria and lactic acid in buttermilk help digestion and improve our metabolism.

It also helps maintain regular bowel movements and helps people who suffer from constipation. Buttermilk is also helpful to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

It also helps to prevent stomach infections, lactose intolerance and colon cancer.

4. Boosts Energy

It provides more energy and keeps you active throughout the day. The riboflavin in buttermilk is a B vitamin that is vital for your body’s energy production systems. It also helps regulate your body’s amino acids, which make up proteins.

5. Good for Bones & Teeth 

Buttermilk is a good source of calcium. 100 ml of buttermilk contains around 116 mg of calcium.

Calcium is essential for a healthy skeletal system. It makes our bones and teeth strong. Calcium helps to prevent degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis.

Calcium is also required for clotting of blood, contraction of muscles and beating of our heart.

6. Relieves Acidity 

Oily and spicy foods can often lead to acid reflux and cause heartburn. A glass of buttermilk topped with black pepper and coriander helps in instantly easing our symptoms of acidity.

The lactic acid in buttermilk normalizes the acidity in the stomach and gives a soothing effect.

7. May Help to Lower Cholesterol Levels 

Drinking buttermilk regularly helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and triglycerides.

It thus helps to maintain cardiovascular health.

Read More: 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol

8. May Reduce Blood Pressure 

Regular consumption of buttermilk effectively reduces blood pressure and thus helps patients with hypertension and heart diseases.

Potassium in buttermilk also reduces blood pressure.

When it comes to buttermilk, it’s important to know that there’s more than one type to delight your taste buds. And each type offers its unique taste and characteristics. Sweet buttermilk is the most studied, made from churning uncultured cream. Sour buttermilk has a tangy flavour and comes from churning cultured cream. Whey buttermilk, on the other hand, is produced during the making of whey butter.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

Read More: 7 Foods that Help Lower Blood Pressure

9. Good for Immunity 

Drinking buttermilk every day strengthens our immune system and protects us from a variety of infections.

10. Good for Our Skin 

Probiotics in buttermilk keep our digestion proper and thus help in removing toxins from our bodies. The lactic acid in buttermilk is good for our skin.

Buttermilk keeps our skin glowing and is an excellent skin cleanser and toner. It also helps to remove tan, acne spots and blemishes. It moisturizes and brightens our skin, thus delaying ageing.

All these buttermilk benefits make it a blessing for our skin.

Buttermilk is like a magical elixir that might help to slow down the ageing process. By nourishing our bodies with its nutrients, it may keep our arteries flexible and ward off ageing symptoms like memory reduction, vision decline, wrinkles, and greying hair. Sip on buttermilk regularly and keep the signs of old age and disease at bay.

Dr. Smita barode, B.A.M.S, M.S.

Read More: 7 Home Remedies for Glowing Skin

11. Loaded with Vitamins 

Buttermilk is rich in B complex vitamins and vitamin D. Vitamins are very important and help our body in numerous ways.

12. Helps in Weight Loss 

Buttermilk is rich in proteins, vitamins and several minerals but low in calories and fats.

Drinking buttermilk keeps us hydrated and energetic. It also makes us feel full, thus reducing the unnecessary consumption of junk food. It is an ideal drink for people who want to lose weight.

Read More: 8 Exercises That Help With Weight Loss

13. Helps in Detoxification 

Buttermilk contains riboflavin that helps in converting food into energy which can be used by the body to perform various functions. It also helps in the secretion of certain hormones, improves liver function and facilitates detoxification of the body. 

Hold onto your taste buds because buttermilk has a secret ingredient that’s truly remarkable! It is known as the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). This special component is packed with bioactive compounds that have many incredible health benefits. From fighting tumours to lowering cholesterol, MFGM might bring positive impacts to your body.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Also Read: Is Heavy Whipping Cream the Same as Heavy Cream? Decoding Dairy Terms

How to make buttermilk at home?

Cumin seeds, mint, coriander, black salt, ginger, pepper, green chillies, chaat masala etc. are added to buttermilk made at home to enhance its taste and health benefits. In summers, it is usually topped with ice cubes or refrigerated.

  • Buttermilk can be made by churning full-fat cream. Butter collects on the top. The residue left after removing butter is called buttermilk.

OR

  • Take some curd and add an equal amount of water to it. Blend them together.

OR

  • Take 1 cup milk and add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lime juice to it. Stir well and let it stay for around 5 minutes. Your buttermilk is ready.
  • Then temper buttermilk with little oil, kadhi patta, asafoetida, coriander, cumin seeds, black salt, pepper, ginger, green chillies, mint etc. as per our taste to enhance butter milk benefits and flavour. Additionally, making buttermilk preparations can be a breeze, so we’ve listed a few simple recipes below. While we cover a few ideas on what to make with buttermilk, do not limit yourself to these recipes and try out new things on your own as well:  
  • Add buttermilk to your baked goods like lemon cakes, chocolate cakes and cream-cheese cakes for an added dash of flavour. 
  • Use buttermilk when making chowder (a type of rich soup usually served with seafood elements), add it to the final stage of the soup and optionally build the taste with smoked salmon. 
  • Make a sumptuous salad dressing with buttermilk, honey, apricot, celery, vinegar, mint leaves and cheese. This can be used on shredded chicken or any other veggie-based salad of your choice.
  • Add buttermilk to your regular pancake batter instead of water or milk, along with baking soda and unsalted butter for fluffy, yummy pancakes. You can optionally top this with maple syrup or strawberries. 

Whether you buy it from the store or try homemade buttermilk, its uses are limited by your creativity and preferences only. Buttermilk is a versatile, healthy and delicious ingredient so start using it today! 

Here’s a fantastic health benefit of buttermilk you don’t want to miss. If you’re dealing with annoying haemorrhoids and have tried countless medications without success, it’s time to give buttermilk a chance. Just add a cup of this creamy goodness to your daily diet and enjoy the relief it might bring!

Dr. Anuja Bodhare, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Also Read: Does Butter Go Bad? Your Guide to Butter Shelf Life

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is buttermilk good for acidity?

Yes, buttermilk can be beneficial for acidity. It contains lactic acid that helps neutralize stomach acid and aids in digestion. Consuming buttermilk may soothe the stomach and reduce symptoms of acidity or heartburn.

Is buttermilk good for weight loss?

Buttermilk can be a good choice for weight loss as it is typically lower in fat compared to regular milk. It contains essential nutrients and can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-controlled diet. Its probiotic content may also aid in digestion, further supporting weight management.

What are the benefits of drinking buttermilk daily?

Drinking buttermilk daily can offer various benefits, such as aiding digestion due to its probiotic content, providing essential vitamins and minerals, and supporting healthy weight management due to its lower fat content. Its soothing properties may also help in alleviating stomach acidity.

What are the benefits of buttermilk for the skin?

Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid, which can exfoliate and hydrate the skin. Applying buttermilk to the skin or incorporating it into skincare routines may help in brightening complexion, reducing blemishes and improving overall skin texture.

Disclaimer:

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