A usual beverage obtained after churning butter from cream or easily made at home by mixing curd with water along with some spices. This drink, usually used as a beverage in summers to keep the body cool or as a digestive usually comes with many unknown benefits.
Low in calories – One serving of buttermilk made of low fat milk is only 100 calories and 2.2gms fat. So, low fat beverage is any day a good one.
Contains abundant bioactive proteins that help reduce blood pressure.
Calcium – 284mg calcium per serving which is essential building block of bones and skeletal system of the body also helps teeth stay strong.
Vitamins & Minerals – contains Vitamin A, C and other B vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Contains many essential and trace minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Riboflavin – 0.4mg riboflavin present which is important to convert food into energy helping the body detoxify.
Protein – one serving will give about 8gm of protein.
Probiotic food – As a fermented milk product, it contains live micro-organisms with health benefits. Helps populate your intestine with health promoting bacteria that improve the immune function, reduce bacteria and also helps with irritable bowel syndrome.
Water – as over 90% of it is water, its consumption helps to maintain the water balance of the body, satiates unusual hunger pangs, a good drink for people looking for weight loss.
A beverage full of electrolytes when rightly spiced, hence effective to prevent dehydration, fight against the heat and loss of water from the body.
Keeps the digestive tract healthy which also reflects on the skin.
A complete food with good nutritive values for a balanced diet with protein, carbohydrates, minimal fat, vitamins and essential enzymes present.
Acts as an astringent as it helps in reducing pores caused by acne and pimples. Reduces hyper motility of intestines during diarrhea and also shrink hemorrhoids.
The bacteria present inhibit the growth of hostile or illness causing bacteria inside the intestinal tract and promote growth of beneficial bacteria needed for digestion.
To be taken liberally when administered antibiotics as antibiotics wipe off the useful intestinal flora.
Recipe: My favorite recipe for a good, appetizing and tasty buttermilk is – Curd and water churned together if the traditional one unavailable, add salt, freshly grated ginger, green chilies paste, cumin powder and chopped coriander leaves and a tasty, preservative free beverage is ready to be relished for its amazing health benefits.