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Q: "What's the nutritional difference between fresh milk and dried milk which has been reconstituted? Is the calcium still active?"

Glenda

A: HFG nutritionist Claire Turnbull responds:

You will be pleased to hear that reconstituted powdered milk has the same nutritional value as the fresh varieties. Powdered milk is fresh milk (normally whole or trim) which has been dried. During the drying process, the water part of the milk is evaporated off and dried milk particles are left. To stop the milk from clumping, a natural product called lecithin is added. Powdered milk can be reconstituted by adding water,  and then it needs to be treated  in the same way as fresh milk and stored in the fridge. All nutrients including protein, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B12 remain active in the milk powder and are still active when water is added back.

First published: Sep 2009



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