Every day we learn the names of useful products and a variety of superfoods. For those who have already figured out what spirulina is and how to cook bulgur properly, we will tell you what buttermilk is, how it is useful and harmful, and also how to cook it at home.
Find out the benefits of buttermilk in our new article, and learn how to cook it at home.
What is buttermilk
Buttermilk is a by-product of fermented milk, which is traditionally obtained in the process of whipping butter.
All fans of a healthy diet are delighted with this low-calorie drink, because fermented milk products are excellent probiotics that help the intestines work better and also protect its microbiome.
Buttermilk is similar to kefir or fermented baked milk — it is much thicker than milk. Traditional buttermilk is white or slightly creamy in color.
Where to buy buttermilk
Buttermilk can be bought at the store, but it is so rare that it is much easier to make your own buttermilk.
Moreover, traditional buttermilk cannot be bought in a store. Today, buttermilk is water, lactose, and casein mixed, pasteurized, homogenized, and added with lactic acid bacteria. It is they who produce lactic acid, increase its acidity and increase the shelf life.
Benefits of buttermilk
Why is everyone so enthusiastic about buttermilk and recommend drinking it every day? The answer is quite simple: it is low in calories and has a lot of useful substances.
Nutritional value of buttermilk:
- 98 kcal
- 8 g protein
- 12 g carbohydrates
- 3 g fat
- 22% DV Calcium
- 16% DV Sodium
- 29% DV Vitamin B12
- 13% of the daily value of Vitamin B5
- 29% DV Vitamin B2
Benefits of buttermilk:
- Better digested. Compared to other dairy products, buttermilk is digested faster and better. The lactic acid in it helps digest lactose, which many people cannot digest partially or completely.
- Strengthens bones, teeth, nails. Buttermilk is rich in calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus, in addition to this, you can find Vitamin K2 in it. Thanks to this, buttermilk helps maintain strong bones and teeth, and prevent certain diseases, such as osteoporosis.
- Reduces cholesterol. If you drink buttermilk every day, it will reduce cholesterol levels by 3%, according to scientists.
- Reduces pressure. Buttermilk helps to lower blood pressure, which will be very popular with people who have high blood pressure.
- Maybe on a diet. Buttermilk helps dieters lose weight. It has almost no fat and a lot of protein, which is very healthy.
Who can not buttermilk
We have already considered the beneficial properties of buttermilk. But there are no completely healthy products that everyone can. Even mineral water and that is not for everyone. The main disadvantages of buttermilk are that it can cause allergies, and also that it contains a lot of salts.
Harmful properties of buttermilk:
- May be high in sodium. Too much sodium in the diet can cause high blood pressure, as well as problems with the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels.
- Allergies and digestive problems. Buttermilk contains lactose, so it can cause digestive problems in people who are severely lactose intolerant.
You can make buttermilk at home so you don’t have to look for it in all the shops in the city. So, how to cook buttermilk at home:
- Take two glasses of skimmed milk and pour into a glass bowl.
- Add a teaspoon of lemon juice or the same volume of vinegar.
- Stir the milk and put in a warm place for 15–20 minutes.
Buttermilk can be drunk or used to make various pastries. Thanks to buttermilk, pastries are lush and light. In addition, buttermilk can be used as a salad dressing.
Useful buttermilk is only fresh. It cannot be frozen or boiled.
Be healthy and eat right, and we will find new interesting and healthy foods that you can add to your diet.