We come across variety of opinions regarding curd and buttermilk. Actually both these foods have same origin i.e. milk. Thus they contain more or less similar nutrients! But still there is some difference between curd and buttermilk. What it is and have you even thought about it??
The factor which matters to show difference between curd and buttermilk is dilution… More water one puts while preparing buttermilk, less concentrated it becomes!! Then why so much of confusion? Does buttermilk possess any additional properties?? Or This is the only factor which answers our question – curd Vs Buttermilk….?
Yes, the churning process which converts curd into buttermilk gives buttermilk those extra benefits! Churning makes proteins in the buttermilk easy to digest by degrading their structure.
Who should prefer buttermilk?
1. As buttermilk is light to digest, it is beneficial for people with indigestion. It also contains gut friendly bacteria. So it improves digestion.
2. It is an excellent fluid choice for people suffering from diarrhea or loose motions.
3. Buttermilk is filling and at the same time gives very little calories (40-50 Kcal per glass). Thus it is a good option for those who are on weight loss diet.
4. It is beneficial in dehydration and can be used for fluid replacement in very hot weather.
Who should prefer curd?
1. For weight gainers and for malnourished children, curd would be a preferable option as it is nutrient dense.
2. For those who are on fluid restricted diet but need good quality proteins (e.g. people with kidney failure), curd is a better choice.
Both of these foods are rich in calcium, good quality proteins and vitamin B12. Thus everyone especially vegetarians must include them in daily diet. If cow’s toned milk is used, the fat percentage of these two foods goes down substantially. Taking two servings of curd or buttermilk (based on guidelines given above) every day is a good practice.