Raw buttermilk vs. raw whole milk
November 30, 2012 6:13 PM Subscribe
Anybody know how the nutritional profile of REAL pastured buttermilk compares to that of fresh pastured whole milk? I'm talking about the stuff that's actually a byproduct of the butter making process... Not the thick, cultured stuff you would buy in a grocery store.
posted by lmpatte2 to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I buy two gallons of raw cow milk every week from my local dairy farm for $10/ gallon. I'm more than happy to spend the extra money because I know the benefits of raw vs. pasteurized, but lately my farmer has been offering raw buttermilk for a fraction of the price. Since cream is more nutrient dense than whole milk, and buttermilk is derived from churned cream, it got me wondering about whether buttermilk might be nutritionally superior or at least comparable to whole milk. If so, I could definitely learn to love the taste for $1.00 a pint! Does all the good stuff in the cream end up in the butter, or is there enough fat and vitamins left in buttermilk to make it worth drinking? When I search for the nutritional content of buttermilk online, everything that comes up is referring to the cultured milk product that most people think of when they hear the word "buttermilk," which is an entirely different food.