• Water sorption and hydration in spray-dried milk protein powders: Selected physicochemical properties

      Maidannyk, Valentyn; McSweeney, David J.; Hogan, Sean; Miao, Song; Montgomery, Sharon; Auty, Mark A.E.; McCarthy, Noel; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; 15-F-679 (Elsevier, 2020-08-22)
      Low and high protein dairy powders are prone to caking and sticking and can also be highly insoluble; with powder storage conditions an important factor responsible for such issues. The aim of this study focused on the bulk and surface properties of anhydrous and humidified spray-dried milk protein concentrate (MPC) powders (protein content ~40, 50, 60, 70 or 80%, w/w). Water sorption isotherms, polarized light and scanning electron micrographs showed crystallized lactose in low protein powders at high water activities. High protein systems demonstrated increased bulk diffusion coefficients compared to low protein systems. Glass transition temperatures, α-relaxation temperatures and structural strength significantly decreased with water uptake. CLSM measurements showed that humidified systems have slower real time water diffusion compared to anhydrous systems. Overall, the rate of water diffusion was higher for low protein powders but high protein powders absorbed higher levels of water under high humidity conditions.