Chaas or buttermilk is a common drink in most Indian households. Made of watered down curd and spices like pepper, jeera, ginger, kadi patta, coriander leaves, salt and green chillies, this drink is most commonly had right after a meal.
Benefits of drinking butter milk include can help detox and rinse out your body, makes for a good alternative at dinner, makes for a healthier substitute for traditional milk, perfect for those with high cholesterol, helps to lose weight, great tool to battle dehydration, can heal skin damage in various ways, can help reduce blood pressure, can help those who suffer from insomnia and is a healthier beverage to partake in.
Health benefits of buttermilk
1. Highly nutritious
Buttermilk is a complete food. It is nutritive and contains all the elements necessary for a well balanced diet. It has proteins, carbohydrates, minimal lipids, vitamins and essential enzymes and makes for a complete meal anywhere, anytime. It should be included in all diets and be consumed daily.
By drinking one cup of it, you get 99 calories, 2.2. Grams of fat (which is better than whole milk since it has nearly doubled that amount of calories), and it is generally healthier than most other soft drinks.
2. Aids in digestion
A glass of buttermilk can make you feel a lot better if you are feeling bloated.
Ginger, pepper and jeera all make excellent digestive agents. Known for their carminative properties individually together in a tall glass of chaas, they make the best natural digestive out there.
Also buttermilk is very efficient in washing down oils and fat, which line the inner walls of the food pipe and stomach. This is due to the lactic acids and the probiotic mixed into the cream of the drink.
3. Helps calm the stomach after a spicy meal
Buttermilk has a tendency to wash down spicy food and soothes the lining of the stomach when consumed after a piquant meal. Made with cool, watered down curd, this drink is perfect to soothe the stomach. As you drink it the cool buttermilk tends to wash down the spices and calms an irritated stomach lining. Incidentally a study found that milk and milk products were the best remedies for a bout of extra spicy foods, as milk is the only agent that can wash down the chemicals that cause the feeling of spiciness.
4. Effective Against Dehydration
Chaas has salt, water, curd, and spices – all mixed into it make a delicious drink.
It is full of electrolytes and is one of the best drinks to fight against the heat and loss of water from the body.
This is the reason why it is a favorite drink for many during summer.
5. Provides Calcium Without The Fat
Very often people believe that as it is called buttermilk, it must be full of fat and calories. However, it has less fat than even normal whole milk.
It is a perfect drink to get your required calcium without the fat normally found in milk — making it perfect for your diet.
Additionally, buttermilk is a fantastic alternative for lactose intolerant individuals due to the lactic acids present in buttermilk that is not present in traditional whole milk.
6. Rich In Vitamins
Buttermilk is a treasure trove of vitamins such as B complex vitamins and Vitamin D. This makes buttermilk a good choice to overcome weakness and anemia caused by vitamin insufficiency.
Vitamin B, especially riboflavin is essential for the conversion of food to energy, secretion of hormones and digestion. Vitamin D present in buttermilk strengthens the immune system, making it less susceptible to infections.
7. Reduces blood pressure
Drinking buttermilk regularly has shown to lower blood pressure significantly. This can be attributed to the bioactive protein, MFGM (milk fat globule membrane) within buttermilk and the tangible effect it can have on the angiotensin enzyme system control; which has direct control on the blood pressure of a human body. It also has antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer properties.
8. Assists In Lowering Cholesterol
Buttermilk is the perfect answer for those individuals who suffer from high cholesterol. Constituents of chaas are very effective in keeping cholesterol under check.
According to Ayurveda practitioners drinking a tall glass of chaas once a day is the best way to keep your cholesterol levels in check.
9. Controls Stomach Acidity
Chaas is a powerful drink that combats stomach reflux and acidity, buttermilk with its spices and ginger, helps decrease the burning sensation because of stomach acid reflux or a bout of acidity. Moreover, the chaas cools the stomach and reduces the irritation in the stomach lining due to acid reflux, giving you relief from the discomfort.
10. Helps To Lose Weight
Buttermilk offers nutrition and enzymes needed by the body without the calories and fat found in dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese and so on. Drinking it regularly makes sure you remain hydrated and energetic.
Additionally, drinking buttermilk can help cure hunger pains and is the perfect drink to carry on you while you are working out if you instead switch it out from just plain old water for a slight change.
11. Skin health
Drinking buttermilk on a regular base can help resolve long-to-short-term damage to your skin, such as clearing up splotches and also help lighten up the age-related processes like age spot and tighten leathery skin.
With no toxins present in the body, the skin will be smoother and zit-free. It also moisturizes the skin, giving it a natural glow and improves elasticity. A buttermilk bath is also very relaxing and soothing for skin.
12. Helps Detoxifying The Body
By drinking and mixing buttermilk into your diet in some way or another, you can increase your Vitamin B-2 levels in helpful and kind ways, ways that other methods may not be able to help you with. The body utilizes riboflavin to activate enzymes in the cells, hence driving energy production. It also aids liver function and assists the detoxification of the body. Is has anti-oxidation properties.