Non-fat dry milk...really non-fat?

Mark Solomon Mark_Solomon at
Wed Jan 24 16:55:02 EST 1996

> In article <52502.ashendel at>,
<ashendel at> wrote:
> > 
> > When milk is dried, the non-fat solids prabably constitute no more 
> > than 5% of the original liquid weight. If 0.5% fat milk is dried, the 
> > solids  it would be about 10% fat by weight. I think that this would 
> > make the milk granuals very gooey. I suspect that the fat content of 
> > non-reconstituted non-fat dry milk is much less that 5%, my guess is 
> > no more than 1% fat. In fact, to make a stable storable dried milk 
> > product, the fat must be removed nearly completely.

A quick run to the Stop and Shop box on our chemical shelves indicates (in
round numbers) that there is less than 1 gram of fat per 90 grams of
powder.  Assuming they know how to round, I'd call this less than
approximately 0.5% of powder. This figure corresponds to ~0.05% after
adding water, indicating that at least 98% of the fat has been removed. 
For the reasons given by others, and for Truth in advertizing, I'd bet
that the fat content is actually even lower.

Mark Solomon
Yale University

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