Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Health Benefits: How to Use it ?

Buttermilk a product made by simplification of the house hold milk is widely  misunderstood. Known just for few recipes and for very few palates I feel some times proper justice not be given to such a product that has high medicinal values. The value of this product is confirmed when it is known as the Elixir of Life for humans on Earth in many different ancient Indian texts. This article might help you understand why buttermilk is so important.

What is Buttermilk?

Buttermilk as the name suggest is a product traditionally made from milk. Yogurt formed from the milk is then churned with equal proportion of water to form a liquid just like milk with cream on the top. The creamy layer is butter which is removed carefully leaving the rest which is Butter Milk. Most of the fats in the milk are removed by this way in form of butter while the fat free part is the buttermilk.

{Note: This photo shows how traditionally butter milk is churned in porcelain pots even today in Indian}

Misconception about Butter Milk:

The biggest misconception about this liquid is that it contains fats. Luckily if you know how buttermilk is prepared it is very clear that all the butter is removed out from the milk to get buttermilk. Thus it is clear that buttermilk has very few traces of fats. This  misconception has not just been conceived in the rest of the world but even in the modern Indian society unluckily.

Health Benefits of Butter Milk

1] According to Ayurvedic physiology butter milk is known to reduce excess Vatta  Dosha and Kapha Dosha. Being Kashya or Astringent and Amala or Sour to taste buttermilk also is very easy digest.
2] Being easily to digest this liquid is also known to increase digestive fire helping the body to increases one’s appetite.
3] Buttermilk is well known for its role as a elixir when it comes to any disorder of the duodenal or Grahani. Thus one of the most troubled diseases of the modern lifestyle Chronic Colitis, Ulcerative colitis, and Irritable Bowel syndrome has its solution in buttermilk.
4] As an important diet of any person suffering with disorders of the rectal tract buttermilk offer a lot help. Haemorrhoid's, Fissures, Fistula suffer with them buttermilk remains your big time friend at meals.

How to use buttermilk at your own home

My favourite recipe of buttermilk is very simple and easy to make and yes lovable even by kids. Mix half a cup of water with half cup of butter milk. Add some fresh chopped cilantro or coriander, ginger, some cumin seeds, black salt and sugar to taste. All of this and make sure you sip this concoction as you eat your meal for best results.

It is for a reason why this liquid is known as the elixir of life and it’s because of its magic properties to heal different issues of the digestive tract. Such drinks should not be kept away from our diet especially in the 21 century.

Posted by Sudeep

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