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The Health Benefits of Buttermilk

The Health Benefits of Buttermilk

When the sun beats down on your head, or your acidity levels rise to alarming levels, treat yourself to a glass of cool, comforting buttermilk. I grew up drinking spiced and herbed buttermilk that was churned from fresh yogurt, and am still addicted to it.

The digestion-friendly bacteria in buttermilk do an excellent job of boosting the digestive system and also keeping the body cool. Besides, buttermilk is delicious and low on calories! I just cant get enough of this beverage. Its very easy to make. You need

1/4 cup fresh yoghurt

3/4 cup cold water

1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and powdered

A few finely chopped cilantro/mint leaves

A pinch of rock salt or sea salt

Method: Blend yogurt well, then add water and blend again. Scoop off the foamy topping. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Serve at room temperature.


  • Counters obesity
  • Brings relief from acidity and heartburn
  • Calms all three doshas
  • Is excellent for beating the heat on a scorching day

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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2:09PM PST on Nov 27, 2012


11:31AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I like to make this cooling buttermilk drink: equal portions of your favorite fat free yogurt and buttermilk, a little sweetener if needed. Just mix it in the blender (add ice if you wish) or put it in a jar and shake until mixed. It is wonderful on a hot day, or for a breakfast drink on the way to work.

4:38AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

4:11AM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

9:05PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

I love buttermilk so this is such good news to me!

12:52PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

"Besides, buttermilk is delicious ..."

You're entitled to your opinion, but I really don't care for the taste! Thanks for sharing the article.

4:40AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Love buttermilk...

6:11AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Sorry, I find this disgusting. I prefer Almond Milk, with 50% more calcium, NO cholesterol, NO fat, NO sugar, 50% RDA of antioxidant Vit E, only 35 calories/cup... and best of all... CRUELTY FREE!

4:40AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

On a hot summer day, consume buttermilk mixed with curry leaf paste, cumin (jeera) and fine pieces of ginger to beat the heat and sunstroke.

1:14AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Thanks so much for sharing - I love buttermilk too!! Although I add lime instead of mint/cilantro...

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