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Milk Powder

Powdered milk or dried milk is a manufactured dairy product made by evaporating milk to dryness. One purpose of drying milk is to preserve it; milk powder has a far longer shelf life than liquid milk and does not need to be refrigerated, due to its low moisture content. 

Another purpose is to reduce its bulk for economy of transportation. Powdered milk and dairy products include such items as dry whole milk, nonfat dry milk, dry buttermilk, dry whey products and dry dairy blends. Many dairy products exported conform to standards laid out in Codex Alimentarius.

Powdered milk is used for food and health (nutrition), and also in biotechnology

Health Benefits of Powdered milk

Powdered milk comes in a variety of forms, such as whole, buttermilk, non-fat and skim. It is a source of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and phosphorous. Powdered milk is produced by extracting water and fat from fresh pasteurized milk, according to the Food Commodity Fact Sheet offered by U.S. Aid. During the water extraction process, beneficial nutrients such as amino acids are sustained.


Powdered milk contains a host of vitamins such as A, D, E and K. According to the U.S. Dairy Export Council, vitamin A is beneficial for your immune system, reproductive system and vision and aids in cellular growth and differentiation. Vitamin D helps your intestines absorb phosphorous and calcium, which aids the bones, joints and heart. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects lipoproteins and cell membranes as well as stimulating your body's immune response to disease. Vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting.

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Nutrition Data for Milk, dry, whole, without added vitamin D (01212)

NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup0.25 cup
Water2.47 g3.1616 g0.7904 g
Energy496 kcal634.88 kcal158.72 kcal
Protein26.32 g33.6896 g8.4224 g
Total lipid (fat)26.71 g34.1888 g8.5472 g
Carbohydrate, by difference38.42 g49.1776 g12.2944 g
Fiber, total dietary0 g0 g0 g
Sugars, total38.42 g49.1776 g12.2944 g
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup0.25 cup
Calcium, Ca912 mg1167.36 mg291.84 mg
Iron, Fe0.47 mg0.6016 mg0.1504 mg
Magnesium, Mg85 mg108.8 mg27.2 mg
Phosphorus, P776 mg993.28 mg248.32 mg
Potassium, K1330 mg1702.4 mg425.6 mg
Sodium, Na371 mg474.88 mg118.72 mg
Zinc, Zn3.34 mg4.2752 mg1.0688 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup0.25 cup
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid8.6 mg11.008 mg2.752 mg
Thiamin0.283 mg0.36224 mg0.09056 mg
Riboflavin1.205 mg1.5424 mg0.3856 mg
Niacin0.646 mg0.82688 mg0.20672 mg
Vitamin B-60.302 mg0.38656 mg0.09664 mg
Folate, DFE37 µg47.36 µg11.84 µg
Vitamin B-123.25 µg4.16 µg1.04 µg
Vitamin A, RAE258 µg330.24 µg82.56 µg
Vitamin A, IU934 IU1195.52 IU298.88 IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)0.58 mg0.7424 mg0.1856 mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)0.5 µg0.64 µg0.16 µg
Vitamin D20 IU25.6 IU6.4 IU
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)2.2 µg2.816 µg0.704 µg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup0.25 cup
Fatty acids, total saturated16.742 g21.42976 g5.35744 g
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated7.924 g10.14272 g2.53568 g
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated0.665 g0.8512 g0.2128 g
Cholesterol97 mg124.16 mg31.04 mg
NutrientNutrient value per 100 gm1 cup0.25 cup
Caffeine0 mg0 mg0 mg
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
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