Is Powdered Milk Bad For You?
Recently a listener posted a question about powdered milk on my facebook page. She was wondering whether it's okay to use dried or powdered milk in place a fresh milk. Powdered milk, of course less expensive than fresh milk. It's relatively nonperishable. It's lightweight and portable, and for those reasons, many people include powdered milk in their emergency food stores. In terms of nutrients like. Protein and potassium dried. Milk is comparable to fresh milk, and like fresh milk dried milk powder is usually fortified with vitamins, a and d. you can add dried milk to breads and other baked goods, soups, sauces, smoothies, or other recipes in order to add extra protein and other nutrients. But if you research this question on the Internet, you will quickly come across some sources, claiming that powdered milk is extremely bad for you because it contains oxidized cholesterol, allegedly the most dangerous type of cholesterol. Some of these websites also claimed that powdered milk is added to all low fat and fat free milk in order to give it more body, and they say that there's no way for you to tell whether or not your milk contains added dry milk, because the passengers are not required to list powdered milk in the ingredient list. I mean pretty scary stuff, right? Well as is typical of the nutrition information that you find online, the claims about powdered milk are a jumble of fact, half truths and outright fallacies, so let's take a closer look at the properties and the potential dangers of powdered milk in order to make dried milk pasteurized milk is I concentrated through evaporation, and then it's usually sprayed into a heated tank, and that causes the remaining water to quickly evaporate leaving behind dried milk solids. Milk can also be freeze dried, and because of the lower processing temperatures freeze dried may actually taste more like fresh milk when it's reconstituted, but this much more expensive process, and therefore it's a lot less common. It is true that packager could add dried milk to fresh milk, and because of the way the FDA labeling regulations define milk. They would not be required to list powdered milk in the ingredient list. However, it is absolutely not true that all skim and low fat milk has dried milk added to it. In fact, you might have to work pretty hard to find some that does have dried milk attitude. I spoke with representatives for half a dozen different brands of milk, including national brands like stony field farms and horizon as well as my local store brand, both the organic as well as the conventional and none of them. Add any dried milk to their fresh milk products. There is a brand that you may have seen called. Skim plus it's marketed as being creamier than regular skim milk, and they create that creamy texture by adding dried milk powder to the fresh milk and sure enough. The dried milk is not listed separately in the ingredient list. However when you add dried milk to fresh milk, it also increases the protein content, so you could always just take a quick look at the nutrition facts label, and if you see milk that contains more than nine grams of protein per one cup serving, they may indeed have added dry milk powder to it and if it doesn't, you can be pretty sure that they didn't. Now while you're checking those nutrition facts labels, you may come across fair life milk. This is a brand of milk that is fifty percent higher in protein than normal milk. However, in this case, it's not because they've added dried milk. Instead Fair life is made by passing fresh milk through a series of specialized filters that remove some of the lactose and then and up concentrating the protein. Okay. So, what's all this about? oxidized cholesterol. oxidized cholesterol is cholesterol that's been sort of roughed up around the edges, and that makes it particularly irritating to your blood vessels to make a long story short that irritation is what triggers the formation of plaques, and that is the beginning of heart disease, and what's worse, oxidized cholesterol molecules can intern oxidizer other cholesterol molecules setting off a sort of chain reaction. And it is also true that in the process of turning fresh milk into a powder, the cholesterol in the milk is likely to get oxidized, but nonfat dried milk is not going to be a significant source of oxidized cholesterol, because nonfat milk contains almost no cholesterol to begin with so i. don't think that you need to go out of your way to avoid nonfat dry milk or products that are made with it. Whole milk is somewhat higher in cholesterol so powdered whole milk would pose more of a concern, but perhaps the biggest concern with