Dairy Protein: When Enough Protein Is Not Enough

As higher-protein diets for health and wellness continues to rise, “how much” and “which kind of proteins,” are often asked questions. Understanding optimal levels and types of proteins for the people who need it most can help food formulators meet consumer demand for better, personalized nutrition. Researchers also shed light on a growing body of…

What is the highest protein level of Milk Protein Isolate (MPI) available and what applications can it be used for?

IdaPro Milk Protein Isolate-90% (MPI-90). Water, lactose and minerals are reduced to achieve a protein content of 90% on a dry matter basis (casein and whey protein). IdaPro MPI-90 is valuable in high protein-enrichment applications such as ready to drink beverages, powder mixes and bars for adult nutrition, sports nutrition and weight management, particularly when…

IS MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (MPC) VEGAN?

As it is derived from milk, MPC is not vegan. However, dairy products are considered vegetarian. A vegan avoids all animal products, including eggs and dairy, while vegetarians tend to consume dairy products and eggs. Vegetarianism is usually a diet, while veganism is a lifestyle.

Is dairy environmentally friendly?

Producing dairy foods requires natural resources such as energy, land and water so food can travel through the supply chain from farm to table. The dairy community takes environmental stewardship seriously and is committed to contributing to sustainable food systems. Becoming environmentally friendly is a journey that evolves with science and new innovations and demands…

Are the cows that supply milk to Idaho Milk Products given antibiotics? Does any of the milk used in the Idaho Milk Products factory contain antibiotics?

We do extensive antibiotic screening on every load of milk that arrives at Idaho Milk Products. If a load of milk is detected to contain antibiotics, that entire load of milk is rejected, as is required by law, and current protocol calls for sending that load to a digester for disposal. This program is FDA…

Are there any sources of non-protein nitrogen in the cow feeding?

Yes and the amounts are highly controlled.  Non-protein nitrogen is simply nitrogen that is not incorporated into amino acids and protein.  The two biggest sources of non-protein nitrogen on our dairies are urea and haylage.  Particular quantities of non-protein nitrogen are necessary for rumen health but should not be overused.  It is converted to ammonia…

Are cows fed Idaho Grown Crops?

A full 75% of the feed to the cows is Idaho grown. Mainly corn, alfalfa, and barley are grown in Idaho and fed to our cows. The other 25% are grain by-products following removal of certain human consumption products; examples, soy and canola meal following oil removal and cotton seed following cotton fiber removal.