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Milk vs Powdered milk - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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The main differences between Milk and Powdered milk

  • Milk contains less Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Calcium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Potassium, Zinc, and Selenium than Powdered milk.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin B12 from Powdered milk is 116% higher.
  • Milk is lower in Cholesterol.

Food types used in this article are Milk, lowfat, fluid, 1% milkfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D and Milk, dry, whole, without added vitamin D.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains less Sodium -88.1%
Contains more Calcium +629.6%
Contains more Iron +1466.7%
Contains more Magnesium +672.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +716.8%
Contains more Potassium +786.7%
Contains more Zinc +695.2%
Contains more Copper +700%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 38% 2% 8% 41% 14% 6% 12% 4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 274% 18% 61% 333% 118% 49% 92% 27%
Contains less Sodium -88.1%
Contains more Calcium +629.6%
Contains more Iron +1466.7%
Contains more Magnesium +672.7%
Contains more Phosphorus +716.8%
Contains more Potassium +786.7%
Contains more Zinc +695.2%
Contains more Copper +700%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Milk
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Contains more Vitamin D +140%
Contains more Vitamin A +376.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +5700%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1315%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +551.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +594.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +529.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +716.2%
Contains more Folate +640%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +591.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +2100%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 12% 1% 36% 0% 5% 43% 2% 22% 9% 4% 59% 1%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 57% 12% 15% 29% 71% 279% 13% 137% 70% 28% 407% 6%
Contains more Vitamin D +140%
Contains more Vitamin A +376.5%
Contains more Vitamin E +5700%
Contains more Vitamin C +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +1315%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +551.4%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +594.6%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +529.1%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +716.2%
Contains more Folate +640%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +591.5%
Contains more Vitamin K +2100%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Milk Powdered milk
Rich in minerals ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in price ok

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Milk Powdered milk Opinion
Net carbs 4.99g 38.42g Powdered milk
Protein 3.37g 26.32g Powdered milk
Fats 0.97g 26.71g Powdered milk
Carbs 4.99g 38.42g Powdered milk
Calories 42kcal 496kcal Powdered milk
Starch g g
Fructose 0g g Milk
Sugar 5.2g 38.42g Milk
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 125mg 912mg Powdered milk
Iron 0.03mg 0.47mg Powdered milk
Magnesium 11mg 85mg Powdered milk
Phosphorus 95mg 776mg Powdered milk
Potassium 150mg 1330mg Powdered milk
Sodium 44mg 371mg Milk
Zinc 0.42mg 3.34mg Powdered milk
Copper 0.01mg 0.08mg Powdered milk
Vitamin A 196IU 934IU Powdered milk
Vitamin E 0.01mg 0.58mg Powdered milk
Vitamin D 48IU 20IU Milk
Vitamin D 1.2µg 0.5µg Milk
Vitamin C 0mg 8.6mg Powdered milk
Vitamin B1 0.02mg 0.283mg Powdered milk
Vitamin B2 0.185mg 1.205mg Powdered milk
Vitamin B3 0.093mg 0.646mg Powdered milk
Vitamin B5 0.361mg 2.271mg Powdered milk
Vitamin B6 0.037mg 0.302mg Powdered milk
Folate 5µg 37µg Powdered milk
Vitamin B12 0.47µg 3.25µg Powdered milk
Vitamin K 0.1µg 2.2µg Powdered milk
Tryptophan 0.043mg 0.371mg Powdered milk
Threonine 0.143mg 1.188mg Powdered milk
Isoleucine 0.174mg 1.592mg Powdered milk
Leucine 0.319mg 2.578mg Powdered milk
Lysine 0.282mg 2.087mg Powdered milk
Methionine 0.088mg 0.66mg Powdered milk
Phenylalanine 0.174mg 1.271mg Powdered milk
Valine 0.22mg 1.762mg Powdered milk
Histidine 0.101mg 0.714mg Powdered milk
Cholesterol 5mg 97mg Milk
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 0.633g 16.742g Milk
Monounsaturated Fat 0.277g 7.924g Powdered milk
Polyunsaturated fat 0.035g 0.665g Powdered milk

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Milk Powdered milk
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
16
Milk
93
Powdered milk
Mineral Summary Score
15
Milk
121
Powdered milk

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
20%
Milk
158%
Powdered milk
Carbohydrates
5%
Milk
38%
Powdered milk
Fats
4%
Milk
123%
Powdered milk

Comparison summary

Which food is richer in minerals?
Powdered milk
Powdered milk is relatively richer in minerals
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Powdered milk
Powdered milk is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Milk
Milk is lower in Sugar (difference - 33.22g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Milk
Milk contains less Sodium (difference - 327mg)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Milk
Milk is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 92mg)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Milk
Milk is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 16.109g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Milk
Milk is lower in glycemic index (difference - 1)
Which food is cheaper?
Milk
Milk is cheaper (difference - $1.6)

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Milk - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170872/nutrients
  2. Powdered milk - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173454/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.