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Why Drink Buttermilk

butter_milkButtermilk is common accompaniment in most of the Indian diets. Let us read on to find out more of its benefits.

Buttermilk is a Probiotic food. These contain living microorganisms, that can survive the passage through the stomach and become active in the intestines.

Healthy bacteria reside in everybody’s colon, and in return for food and a warm place to live these resident bacteria contribute to your health. One of the most intestinal-friendly resident bacteria is the family of lactobacteria, so-called because they thrive on lactose sugars. The commonest form is L.acidophilus.

Here are some healthy things these bacteria do to your body:

  • Manufacture vitamins
  • Improve digestion
  • Boost Immunity
  • Manufacture nutrients
  • Protect against cardiovascular diseases
  • Protect against carcinogens

Buttermilk is lower in fat than regular milk, because the fat has been removed to make butter. It is also high in potassium, vitamin B12, calcium, and riboflavin as well as a good source of phosphorus.

Those with digestive problems are often advised to drink buttermilk rather than milk, as it is more quickly digested. Buttermilk has more lactic acid than skim milk.

Now buttermilk is made by adding cultured bacteria to low-fat or fat-free milk, just like yogurt. The live cultures provide its distinctive rich, creamy texture–and a host of health benefits.

Hence drink buttermilk for better health!!!

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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33 Responses to Why Drink Buttermilk

  1. Peg Milam March 12, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    Aren’t the probiotic bacteria dead in pasteurized buttermilk that is commonly available?

  2. Sanjana - Dietitian March 13, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    Pasteurized buttermilk is made from pasteurized milk products. It is not possible to heat buttermilk. Hence probiotics added will be retained and will multiply well.

  3. Deb May 19, 2009 at 1:54 am #

    I’ve resently been told, just by adding buttermilk to my diet can help me lose weight. I could really stand to lose 10 to 15 lbs. Will this really work?

  4. Sanjana - Dietitian May 19, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    You can lose weight with buttermilk if you drink it as a snack or replace some junk with buttermilk. It will work very well if it is a part of a low calorie diet.

  5. Vik May 29, 2009 at 12:31 am #


    I have high cholesterol. I have drastically changed my lifestyle and I eat healthy food and do lot of exercise.
    I also meet a nutricist in US. He tells me that rice/chappati will increase my cholesterol although they dont contain any of it. Also he adviced me to use Coconut oil (natural and organic). I am not sure if he is correct. Would you please comment on it?


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