Have A Glass Of Buttermilk To Feel Light And Revitalized

Its digestive properties can bring you quick relief

Aindrisha Mitra Updated: Sep 3, 2020 11:22:15 IST
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Craving for something refreshing on a hot day? Light on the stomach, buttermilk can revitalise you in no time.

Essentially, buttermilk is the liquid that’s left once whole, unadulterated milk is churned to butter. It has a slightly tangy and sour taste because of its lactic acid content. It is low in fat and rich in essential vitamins, potassium and calcium.

Buttermilk is a rich source of probiotics. It contains healthy bacteria that can address a number of health problems, including gastric issues. One cup of buttermilk has only 99 calories and 2.2 grams of fat which makes it a great health drink. However, if you are opting to buy a branded option, it is best to check the labels for the relevant health and nutrition information.

Buttermilk is available in various forms: You can opt for a frozen option; however, you can also find them in the form of powdered masala which you can add to your dishes for added taste. You can add it to your raita or in the stuffing for parathas. Buttermilk can be an ingredient in biscuits and muffins; you can use it as batter for pancakes too.

Health benefits

One cup of buttermilk can provide as much as 284 milligrams of calcium (more than a quarter of your daily requirement). This calcium-rich drink can, therefore, not only take care of your bone health, it can also helps ward off degenerative ailments such as osteoporosis.

Buttermilk (and other fermented dairy products) has also been found to have a positive effect on oral health, and can reduce inflammation in gums and other structures supporting the teeth.

Studies have also shown that buttermilk can reduce cholesterol levels significantly in both men and women, thereby also playing a role in improving cardiovascular health.

Pro tip: Add a little buttermilk to the marinade to tenderize meat or fish. You can even add a bit of buttermilk to soups to thicken it. 



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