What is toned milk? Toned milk is an outdated term that refers to any fluid other than breast milk that a baby or child drinks, including cow’s milk, goat’s milk, and even soy or almond milks.
These types of milks can be appropriate or harmful depending on the composition of the fluid and what happens during the digestion process. Let’s take a look at how this occurs and what to watch out for when choosing your child’s drink of choice!
What is toned milk
One of milk’s benefits is to strengthen our bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. A special term has been given to milk that is rich in nutrients. It is called toned milk. There are five categories of milk. First class dairy products (whole milk), second class dairy products (2%), third class dairy products (1%), fourth class dairy products (0%) and fifth class dairy products (no fat).
What exactly is toned milk you may ask? Toned milk refers to lower-fat cow’s milk with added nutrient injections to add back what was taken out during the production process. When milk is produced, it separates into 3 parts: Cream, Curd and Whey. The cream part is separated off because most people do not eat cream and then sold on its own as heavy cream or whipped cream.
The next portion becomes butter, butter oil or ghee depending on how much water has been extracted from it. If a lot of water has been removed, we call it butter. If less water has been removed than we have ghee which tastes better for cooking due to a higher smoke point because all of its natural flavor hasn’t leached away along with all of its healthy oils when exposed to high heat for an extended period of time when compared to butter.
Tonning milk formation
The formation of toned milk can happen in a few different ways. In some cases, a protein may denature in such a way that causes it to aggregate when mixed with water, sometimes leading to gelling-like behavior. On occasion, a fatty acid may undergo an oxidation reaction, forming what’s known as an Oxo functional group.
Once formed, these groups have an interesting ability to form complexes with proteins or other fat molecules. These complexes are commonly referred to as micelles—tiny aggregates of particles that can exist within liquids and solids. All of these processes result in toned milk having characteristics similar to gelatins; they’re not just fancy marketing campaigns on behalf of farms! They aren’t perfect analogs though; many foods will only partially gelatinize under specific conditions, usually acidic environments.
Many toned milks exhibit similar tendencies toward partial gelatinization, but for a vastly different reason: because casein and whey proteins start out near their isoelectric point.
Ingredients of toned milk
There are only two ingredients in toned milk: powdered skim milk and water. The formulation is slightly different depending on which manufacturer you use, but by weight about half of a cup of toned milk powder consists of powdered skim milk, with most of that made up of lactose (milk sugar) at around 55 percent to 60 percent.
The rest comes from whey protein, casein protein, minerals, vitamins and other minor components—none of which make up more than about 5 percent each. For example, Carnation® Instant Breakfast makes a half-cup serving using 16 grams of its Power-packed Breakfast Formula Powder along with 13 grams of water.
Health Benefits of Toned Milk
Milk has a lot of health benefits, ranging from bones to muscles. The process of adding active bacterial cultures to milk is called ripening, which also adds additional health benefits as well. When milk goes through ripening processes, it separates into three layers: cream (the highest layer), skim milk (the middle layer) and Toned Milk (the lowest layer).
A number of health products are made using Toned Milk such as acidophilus milk or yogurt. Toned Milk contains high amounts of calcium; scientists believe that those who drink two glasses of acidophilus milk each day reduce their risk of bone loss by 1/3.
How to Choose Best Milk for Your Baby?
When you are deciding what milk to buy for your baby, keep these guidelines in mind: Choose breast milk if possible. Breast milk is considered best for your baby if you can provide it. Cow’s milk may be used as a substitute if you do not produce enough breast milk or you are not breastfeeding. Soy formulas are recommended for babies who cannot drink cow’s milk-based formula for religious, medical, or other reasons.
Do not give your baby whole or 2% fat cow’s milk before his first birthday. Choose 1% fat or skim milk after 12 months. If a family member has lactose intolerance, talk with your doctor about using lactose-free formula.
Can I start drinking toned milk during pregnancy? You may want to start drinking toned milk once you’re pregnant if you don’t currently consume dairy products but aren’t sure of how much protein each serving contains. You can choose variety of foods while you are pregnant, to make your chose read the post on what to eat when pregnant?