Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Buttermilk

Growing up my grandparents always drank buttermilk or had buttermilk with cornbread crumbled up in it for a cool evening meal. My husband cooks with buttermilk when he makes cornbread or pancakes. I love the powdered buttermilk to use in cooking...it is great to add a tablespoon or two into cornmeal or flour being used to bread something like fried dill pickles!  

Considerations - Buttermilk is a good source of potassium, Vitamin B-12, calcium and phosphorous. It also contains probiotics; they help with digestion and strengthen your immune system. Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid bacteria and aids in digestion and gets rid of problems like acidity and indigestion.
Benefits - Buttermilk is easier to digest than regular milk because it contains even more lactic acid than can be found in skim milk.
Potential - Buttermilk is effective in reducing heat in the body. That's why many people drink it in the summer months. Buttermilk can offer relief from hot flashes and high body temperatures.
Misconceptions - Because the word butter is in its name, it's naturally assumed to be higher in fat content than regular milk. Buttermilk actually has less fat than regular milk; the fat has been removed to make butter.

Buttermilk is a great drink to aid in weight loss. If you drink buttermilk a while before a meal or even with a meal, you will get full easily and will tend to eat less. Also, the food that you eat will be better digested. Buttermilk also contains very low fat, so it meets your basic requirement for fats as well.

Did you know that there are various buttermilk benefits for skin too? Regularly drinking buttermilk will ensure that your digestive system remains clear and the first place where this will reflect on is your skin! There are even various buttermilk bath benefits, where people have a bath with buttermilk or rub it on their skin and wash it, as it acts as a cleansing, de-tanning and a moisturizing agent.

A person who has had his gallbladder removed really needs to watch his diet and is not allowed to have anything that is very high in fats. Buttermilk is said to be a part of gallstones diet, as a person is discouraged from having whole milk or fatty milk. This is the person's best source for calcium after he has had his gallbladder removed.

Who knew buttermilk was so great? All this time I just thought it was used in cooking!

1 comment:

  1. I always make my own buttermilk by adding lemon juice to regular milk. Although it cooks/bakes the same way, I wonder if it doesn't have the same health benefits?

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