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Buttermilk is richer tasting than regular milk, yet is low in both fat and calories. Submitted Photo

Cooking with buttermilk

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Buttermilk is one of those foods that some health-conscious cooks don't give a second thought.

It often falls under the misconception that it's buttery, high-fat milk. Nothing could be further from the truth.

"Traditionally, buttermilk was the byproduct of churning butter," said Lynn Holum, licensed registered dietitian with Altru Health System. "But today, it's made from skim milk, water, live culture, lactose and a small amount of butterfat."

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