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eWellness: Beware of Synthetic Milk

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Dr KK Aggarwal    10 January 2018

  • It is not milk and is made up of urea, caustic soda, refined oil (cheap cooking oil) and common detergents.
  • Detergents are used as they emulsify and dissolve the oil in water giving the frothy solution, the characteristic white colour of milk. Refined oil is used as a substitute for milk fat. Caustic soda is added to the blended milk to neutralize the acidity and preventing it from turning sour during transport. Urea/sugar are added for solid–not–fat (SNF), to provide whiteness in milk and natural milk taste.
  • It looks like natural milk, except in taste and nutritional qualities.
  • It is normally mixed with milk and then sold in the market.
  • It is carcinogenic in humans.
  • Urea and caustic soda can harm liver and kidneys.
  • Caustic soda with high sodium content is harmful for patients with high blood pressure.
  • Caustic soda also deprives the body from utilizing lysine, an essential amino acid in milk, which is required by growing babies.

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