Today, the process is modernized and it is now made by fermenting it from normal milk by the use of bacterial cultures.
These bacteria are safe for human consumption and are even good for our health. Buttermilk has a lower fat content as compared to other milk types. But, it is still high in calcium.
Buttermilk has various health benefits ranging from gastrointestinal to nutritional value. It has pro-biotics that are beneficial for our intestinal systemand which may also be helpful for those dealing with IBS.
The buttermilk cultures consist of a bacteria, usually Streptococcus lactis or Lactobacillus bulgaricus, . This breaks down the lactose into lactic acid, which gives buttermilk its tartness.
Buttermilk is also a high source for calcium. A single cup of buttermilk provides 28 percent of the required calcium intake. Other minerals and vitamins in buttermilk are vitamin B12, Riboflavin and Zinc.
It has a tangy taste to it but it still can be drunk straight out of the container. It is very popular in baked goods and candies. It can be easily substituted for yogurt and milk in recipes. It is also used in salad dressings and dips because of its tangy flavor. My Grannie also used to use buttermilk when making scones, which I also do.
If you have been through the trauma of having gall stones, you know that it is a situation no one wants to be in. although buttermilk is not the complete treatment for gall stones, it can be helpful. Gall stone treatment includes eating the proper diet and taking low fat milk. This is where buttermilk comes in. it provides the body with the required nutrients and calcium but does not have the fat.
People with lactose intolerance may be able to consume buttermilk. It may even improve their condition. Its lactose content is much less than normal milk and dairy products. However if you are allergic to milk, then chances are that you will also be allergic to buttermilk. You will have to sort this out with your physician. You need to find out what type of allergy you have and whether you can consume buttermilk or not.
Buttermilk is a very healthy alternative for yogurt and milk. It is thicker than normal milk due to its curdling process. You may have to get used to its sour and tangy taste, but the benefits you get are incomparable.
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