Buttermilk is a type of milk that has been cultured or fermented to produce a tangy or an earthy flavour. The sugars in this milk would begin to convert into lactic acid, providing the unique flavour of this beverage. Drinking it right after a long hot day in the sun is a great way to combat dehydration and fatigue. Buttermilk is not a blend of milk and butter. It is a derivative of the butter mixing process. Found in most Indian households and drunk daily – either by itself or after a meal, buttermilk is prepared using a few spoons of natural yogurt mixed with water and blended well. Often some spices such as cumin powder, pepper, ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and coriander leaves are crushed and added to the mixture to enhance its taste and therapeutic benefits.
Buttermilk has a very similar nutritional profile as compared to regular milk.it contains high levels of calcium, vitamin b, proteins, certain probiotics. It also contains vitamin D and vitamin A as well as a relatively low level of calories and fats.
1. Helps calm the stomach after a spicy meal:
Made with cool, watered-down curd, this drink is perfect to soothe the stomach.
2. Washes down fats:
Buttermilk is very effective in washing down the fat, oil or ghee that normally coats the inner walls of your food pipe and stomach-making you feel instantly lighter.
3. Aids in digestion:
If you feel about indigestion, then try for sipping on some buttermilk for instant relief.
4. Reduces blood pressure:
Milk fat globule membrane found in buttermilk is rich in unique bioactive protein that has cholesterol-lowering, antiviral, antibacterial and anticancer properties.
5. Brings about a drop-in cholesterol:
Components present in buttermilk are very effective in keeping one’s cholesterol levels under check.
A potent tool to fight acidity, buttermilk has essential condiments like pepper and ginger that help beat the burning sensation you feel during a bout of acidity. Moreover, the buttermilk cools the stomach and reduces the irritation in the stomach lining due to acid reflux, giving you relief from the discomfort.
7. Effective Against Dehydration:
Made from yogurt with added salt and spices, buttermilk is an effective therapy to prevent dehydration. It is full of electrolytes and is one of the best drinks to fight against the heat and loss of water from the body. In summer, it is truly a drink to relish. Hence buttermilk benefits in summer by reducing summer-related issues, such as prickly heat and general uneasiness.
8. Provides Calcium Without the Fat:
Very often people believe that as it is called buttermilk, it must be full of fat and calories. However, it has less fat than even normal whole milk. Milk contains an important ingredient – calcium. Milk also is loaded with fats. Sometimes lactose intolerant persons (those who have to refrain from consuming milk) have no other source of natural calcium. These people can have their required intake by consuming buttermilk. It will not cause any adverse reaction as the lactose has been transformed into lactic acid by the healthy bacteria present in buttermilk. Calcium supports cell communication and the contraction of muscles. Proper nutrition plays an important role in preventing and treating bone disorders such as osteoporosis. Buttermilk provides calcium and nutritional supplements without added calories. Getting the required calcium in your meal plan helps slow bone loss as one grows older. It provides sustenance for new bone development and keeps off osteoporosis. As a result of all these qualities, including buttermilk into one’s daily diet is a sound choice for the health-aware consumer.
9. Rich in Vitamins:
Buttermilk is a treasure trove of vitamins such as B complex vitamins and Vitamin D. This makes buttermilk a good choice to overcome weakness and anemia caused by vitamin insufficiency. Vitamin D present in buttermilk strengthens the immune system, making it less susceptible to infections. One serving of this drink gives you over 21 percent of the suggested daily intake.
10. Riboflavin Helps Detoxify the Body:
Buttermilk contains riboflavin, which is essential for converting the consumed food to energy, important in the secretion of hormones and aid indigestion. The body utilizes riboflavin to activate enzymes in the cells, hence driving energy production. It also aids liver function and assists the detoxification of the body. Is has anti-oxidation properties.
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