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What is Milk Powder and How is it Made?

The very mention of milk powder can make most people wrinkle their noses and take a step backwards. It is the memories of a spoonful from a tinned box or the little sachets that was brought on several family trips during tea time.

You might be surprised but over the years, milk powder has become an important part of regular household needs, from being used as a tasty creamer for tea and coffee to being used as an important ingredient while cooking or baking. It's easy to store, offers value for money and is packed with essential nutrients.

Dry milk, powdered milk or milk powder are all the same product but the names are interchangeable. It's basically liquid milk, where the moisture has been removed

Raw milk roughly comprises 87.3 per cent water, 4 per cent milk fats and 8.8 per cent non-fat milk solids (protein, lactose, minerals, etc.). To obtain milk powder, raw milk is evaporated till it leaves behind milk solids minus the moisture content. During the evaporation process, our milk is pasteurized under controlled temperatures to ward off any bacterial growth. At Wellshine Wellson, we pasteurize by heating the milk to 72 degrees and then immediately cool it down to 4 degrees. This process ensures the milk is naturally safe to drink. After the pasteurization process, we carefully use a low-heat spray drying process to ensure all the nutrients are retained.

Similar to raw milk, powdered milk is loaded with nutrients; it's a good source of essential vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium as well as Vitamin A & D. During the evaporation process, it is imperative that these beneficial nutrients are not lost in our product. Milk powder also meets your daily dose of other important nutritional elements such as amino acids and antioxidants, which are responsible for a number of functions such as cellular growth, stimulating the body's immune system, aiding in blood clotting and calcium absorption among other things.

All in all, powdered milk offers a convenient and economically advantageous alternative to regular milk. However, it's imperative that you choose the right product and consume it as per the directions mentioned on the package you buy - crucial when it's being fed to children.

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