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Buttermilk Health Benefits

Buttermilk is more easily digestible than whole milk

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A glass of milk (left) and a glass of buttermilk (right). Buttermilk is thicker and covers the glass
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Buttermilk and Health

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.

One cup of buttermilk has 99 calories and 2.2 grams of fat, whereas whole milk has 157 calories and 8.9 grams of fat. Do check the labels as some brands of buttermilk are higher in fat than others.

For those watching their caloric and/or fat intake, try putting a couple of tablespoons of buttermilk on your baked potato or in mashed potatoes as a substitution for sour cream or butter. You will get both the buttery flavor and the slight tang of sour cream with a fraction of the calories. You can also make mock sour cream using buttermilk powder.

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Buttermilk Storage
Buttermilk Substitutions, Measures, and Equivalents
Buttermilk History
Buttermilk Lore and Legends
Buttermilk Health Benefits
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