Lassi or chaach or butter milk is a common summer drink of Indian people. Lassi is sweet in flavor whereas chaach is salty. In simple words a mixture of yogurt, water and other flavoring ingredients is called lassi or chaach. This wonderful drink is immensely popular for its cooling, healing, detoxifying, and other health friendly goodness. It is a powerful thirst quencher. Indian people drink it in summer season to keep heat stroke at bay. You can prepare flavored lassi by using seasonal fruits like mango, strawberries, watermelon or one can also use flavoring ingredients like turmeric, cumin, mint and so forth. The basic lassi recipe is simple and all you have to do is to put equal quantity of yogurt and water in a blender. Blend them until frothy. Add powder cumin, little quantity of black salt. Blend again and drink. You can also add sugar to make sweet lassi.
Calories in Buttermilk
Low fat buttermilk or chaach without sugar contains approx. 40 calories/ 100 grams.
Butter milk is low in fat and sodium. Plus, it has decent amount of potassium, calcium, protein, vitamin B-12. Vitamin c and magnesium,
Health Benefits of Drinking Lassi/chaach
Heat Stroke and Dehydration
Cooling effects of lassi helps maintain the body temperature. It is a sure shot remedy for the prevention and cure of heat stroke symptoms ( loo lagna) and dehydration. For dehydration, mix black salt in chaach and have it thrice a day. You can also add a small pouch of electrolyte drink in your chaach. It is also helpful in getting rid of bad hangover. Drink it several times a day to cure hangover naturally.
A healthy Glowing Skin
Water content nutrients of lassi helps keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Well hydrated and nourished skin looks glowing and healthy. You can also apply plain lassi (unsweetened, without salt and other ingredients)on your skin to get rid of various skin problems like sunburn, tanned skin, uneven skin tone, itchiness and irritation. Massage it regularly on your face to get soft, supple and fair skin complexion. Moreover, this amazing drink helps improve the digestion and good digesting means “good and flawless skin”. Applying mixture of butter milk and tomato juice helps remove tanned and sunburned skin.
Drinking Chaach for Haemorrhoids
Piles or haemorrhoids is a painful problem but you can get some relief by eating a mixture of rice, banana and butter milk twice daily to relieve pain and discomfort.
Digestion and Immunity
Yogurt which is used to prepare chaach is fraught with digestion friendly good bacteria. These live bacteria helps kill harmful micro-organism and prevent intestinal infection. Lassi is said to be helpful in promoting digestion. It is also beneficial in the treatment of several gastro-intestinal problems like gas, flatulence, nausea, lack of appetite, bloating, constipation, bowel disease, colon cancer, diarrhea and dysentery etc. To get rid of all these problems and promote digestion make a simple homemade recipe by mixing yogurt, water, jeera powder, a pinch of turmeric and black salt together. Add dried and powdered dhania or mint leaves. You can also add dhania or pudine ki (coriander or mint chutni) chutney. This is one of the most popular recipes that you can use to get rid of all stomach related problems. Drink this wonderful drink daily to acquire strong immune system.
Common Cold and Flu
As per ayurveda the nature of buttermilk is hot so one can use it to treat and prevent common cold. Mix crushed garlic and ginger in buttermilk and have it thrice a day.
Another benefit of butter milk is that it helps promotes heart health by keeping the blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check. Lassi also helps flush out the sodium buildup in the body and thereby decreasing the risk of heart and circulation related problems. If you are a heart patient or have high blood pressure then avoid salt while preparing lassi.
Drink lassi regularly to get healthy weight. Yogurt is known for its fat burning properties. Protein content of yogurt helps build muscles. Muscles cells are small fat burning factories. So more the muscles you have the more calories and fat you’ll burn. So, drink this fat burning drink daily to achieve an ideal weight.
Body nourish drink
Lassi is a good nourish drink because it is loaded with essential vitamin and minerals. These nutrients are required for maintaining healthy bodily functions.
Strong Bones and Joints
You know calcium is required for maintaining strong bones. This mineral is abundantly found in yogurt. So, drink butter milk to get right dose of calcium naturally.
Are you dealing with fatigue or constant weakness? If yes, then drink lassi to boost up your body’s energy levels.
Storehouse of Vitamins
Butter milk is a storehouse of several health friendly vitamins such as B2, B12, D and E vitamins.
Vitamin B2 is required for maintaining healthy eyes, hair, nerves and skin.
Vitamin B12 is essential for bones. Deficiency of this nutrient can cause anemia.
Vitamin D helps maintain the skeletal health.
Vitamin E is essential for the health of your skin and reproductive system.
Daily consumption of lassi is also helpful in preventing and treating Candida or genital yeast infection in females.
A glass of lassi after a workout session can help you achieve energy and muscles. Moreover, it will also improve your body’s hydration level.
Ayurvedic and herbal practitioners recommend butter milk to promote a peaceful sleep. Drink it daily before retiring to bed at night. This is an effective home remedy for insomnia.
Buttermilk during Pregnancy
Nutrients like folate and prebiotic effects of buttermilk helps maintain the health of both mother and growing baby. So, drink at least of glass of plain buttermilk daily throughout your pregnancy.
Cholesterol Lowering Drink
According to the research, buttermilk contains some kind of proteins that bind with cholesterol and prevent its buildup in the arteries. So, we can say that chaach is a good drink for lowering cholesterol in the body.
Lassi is also said to be beneficial in preventing gums and teeth related problems like plaque, bad breathe, cavities etc.
Avurvedic Benefits of Buttermilk or chaach
As per ayurveda, butter milk is good for maintaining health and treating health problems. It helps improve digestive health and also said to be helpful in treating kapha and vata dosh. According to ayurveda, chaach is immensely beneficial during winter season since it has a hot nature. Also, drink butter milk at night instead of consuming curd. So, now you know that drinking butter milk at night is good not bad and the best time to drink it is cold season.
Side effects (disadvantages) of drinking buttermilk or chaach
As we all know, buttermilk is made up of curd which is a well known super food. So, being a super food buttermilk has no known side effects. But it can cause mild nausea or diarrhea in people with extremely sensitive gut. Also, avoid mixing sugar in buttermilk if you have a problem of diabetes. Plus, avoid the use of salt if you have high blood pressure. Also, try to make chaach with clean water to prevent waterborne diseases.
This was a small piece of information about the health benefits of drinking lassi or butter milk. Now, consume it on everyday basis to make your body healthy, fit and fine.