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Spray-Dried Whey Protein Concentrate-Iron Complex: Preparation and Physicochemical Characterization

Indrajeet Singh Banjareorcid tiny, Kamal Gandhi*orcid tiny, Khushbu Saoorcid tiny and Rajan Sharmaorcid tiny

Dairy Chemistry Division, National Dairy Research Institute, P.O. Box 132001, Karnal, India

Article history
Received: 1 February 2019
Accepted: 10 July 2019

Key words:
fortification, whey protein concentrate, iron, spray drying, stability, bioaccessibility

Poor absorption of iron from food and oral iron formulations results in extensive use of high-dose oral iron, which is not tolerated. Disposal of whey, a byproduct of the cheese industry, causes environmental pollution. Whey proteins have the ability to bind significant amount of iron, thereby reducing its chemical reactivity and incompatibility with other components in foods. To make iron compatible with food, it was complexed with whey protein concentrate (WPC). After complexation, centrifugation and ultrafiltration techniques were utilised to eliminate the insoluble and free iron from the solution. To enable the availability of whey protein concentrate–iron (WPC–Fe) complex in the powder form, spray drying technique was used. Optimized spray drying conditions used for the preparation were: inlet temperature 180 °C, flow rate 2.66 mL/min and solution of total solids 15 %. The complex was observed to be stable under different processing conditions. The in vitro bioaccessibility (iron uptake) of the bound iron from the WPC–Fe complex was significantly higher (p<0.05) than that from iron(II) sulphate under simulated gastrointestinal conditions. WPC–Fe complex with improved iron bioaccessibility could safely substitute iron fortificants in different functional food preparations.



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