What is Buttermilk?
The name “buttermilk” suggests a buttery, high-fat milk, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Buttermilk contains no butter, and it's actually lower in fat than regular milk. The “butter” refers to the origins of this versatile fermented beverage, which resulted from the process of churning butter.
Nowadays, most buttermilk comes from an industrial process more similar to yogurt-making than churning butter. Bacteria cultures are added to pasteurized low-fat or skim milk, which is left to ferment for 12 to 14 hours at a low temperature (optimally 69 degrees Fahrenheit).
Buttermilk Powder / Buttermilk Solids is the buttermilk that has been dehydrated until it becomes a fine powder, similar in texture to flour, or regular milk powder. But unlike regular buttermilk, it lasts practically forever tucked into the back of your fridge.
Buttermilk is not low carb with 12 net carbs / 1 cup) and is lower in fat than regular whole milk. Buttermilk Powder has 15 net carbs in 1/4 cup and 2 g of fat. However, in moderation and when used as an ingredient in cooking, it can fit within a keto diet.
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Buttermilk or Buttermilk Powder?
N/A if no allergies are present. Some people lose the ability to fully digest lactose (the milk sugar) after childhood, a condition known as lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is associated with many unpleasant symptoms, including gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
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