Is Buttermilk Good for You?
Benefits, Risks, and Substitutes
Benefits of Is Buttermilk:
1) Reduced Cholesterol Levels :
The cholesterol level in milk is lower than that found in meat or eggs. Milk contains less saturated fat than other dairy products such as cheese and butter. Saturated fats are known to raise cholesterol levels. However, the amount of saturated fat in milk does not cause any problems if consumed regularly. The amount of saturated fat in milk is so low that it cannot have any adverse effect on your heart health.
2) Improved Immune System Functioning :
Milk contains several beneficial nutrients including protein, calcium, vitamin D and magnesium which improve immune system function and fight infections.
3) Lower Blood Sugar Levels :
Low blood sugar levels may lead to diabetes and obesity. Low blood sugar levels in the body leads to insulin resistance, which causes type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by cells in the pancreas that helps regulate glucose (sugar) levels in the bloodstream. High blood sugar levels increase insulin production and decrease glucose absorption from the intestines into the bloodstream. This results in high blood sugars and increases risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
4) Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis :
Calcium and vitamin D promote bone health. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium, which is essential for healthy bones. A diet rich in milk and other dairy products can help improve bone strength and prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
5) Healthy Bones :
Calcium is one of the main nutrients for bone health. Calcium is responsible for increasing the strength and density of bones. Calcium also suppresses bone loss and prevents conditions like osteoporosis. Calcium can be found in many foods, but for vegetarians, dairy products are the best source of calcium.
6) Better-Smelling Urine :
This might sound strange, but it is a fact that the odor of your urine can give an indication of your overall health status. When you consume a lot of asparagus or other foods high in sulfates, the smell of your urine changes. The odor is usually described as rotten eggs. Many people find the smell quite unpleasant.
7) Nausea and Vomiting :
Nausea is an unsettled feeling in the stomach that can rise up into the chest and throat. This uncomfortable and often persistent feeling of unease can occur for many different reasons. Vomiting is the forceful expulsion of the contents of the stomach through the mouth and can sometimes be a life-saving reflex action. Vomiting is usually caused by something that you have ingested, but it can also be caused by diseases, psychological conditions or disorders, or drugs.
8) Heartburn :
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest that moves up into the throat. This sensation is also known as pyrosis.
9) Constipation :
Constipation is a condition where a person has three or less bowel movements per week. It can cause painful, hard stools that are difficult to pass.
10) Muscle Cramps :
A cramp is a sudden, involuntary tightening of a muscle. Muscle cramps can be caused by a variety of reasons such as lack of hydration, fatigue, or poor nutrition. Muscle cramps are common in arms and legs, but can also affect the muscles in the throat.
Did You Know…
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
Females burn 61 calories/day just due to their menstrual cycle.
A 10-year-old child’s brain produces as much energy as a 100-watt light bulb.
The brain’s electricity flows at least 500 times more powerfully than a jumbo jet’s.
The heart beats over 100,000 times a day, about once every 15 seconds.
A pound of muscle can burn up to twice as many calories as a pound of fat.
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead.”
The human brain cells continue to grow throughout a person’s life.
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. The average hair is stronger than copper wire of the same thickness. There are more than 5,000 hairs on the average human head. Hair does not continue to grow after death. In fact, hair is the first thing to disintegrate after death.
Sources & references used in this article:
Impact of buttermilk consumption on plasma lipids and surrogate markers of cholesterol homeostasis in men and women by V Conway, P Couture, C Richard, SF Gauthier… – Nutrition, Metabolism …, 2013 – Elsevier
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Substitution analysis in nutritional epidemiology: proceed with caution by M Song, E Giovannucci – European Journal of Epidemiology, 2018 – Springer