Condensed milk is a widely used ingredient in dessert recipes. It has been used more than fresh milk since the 1900's, as it has a longer self life and less chances of spoilage than ordinary milk. It also called sweetened condensed milk and is made from cow's milk. It is said that Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group of the late 20th century, were the first people who made it.
The sweetened version is prepared by a process that involves evaporation. Cow milk is boiled and added with sugar till 60% of the water has evaporated. The milk is pasteurized during evaporation and the sugar added makes all the other sterilization procedures unnecessary. Sugar inhibits growth of microorganisms, thus giving a longer life to condensed milk. The only vitamin that can be added, according to government regulations is vitamin A. When you add an acidic ingredient, the sweetened condensed milk thickens without heating.
Many people think condensed and evaporated milk are the same. But these two are absolutely different types of milk. Evaporated milk is milk that has 60% of its water content removed due to evaporation and is homogenized and chilled rapidly. It is full of vitamins and stabilizers. Evaporated milk is then packaged and sterilized. Evaporated milk has a caramel flavor and is darker in color than fresh milk. It is full of calories and more nutritious than fresh milk. You will find low-fat, whole milk and skim evaporated milk products in the market. All are added with vitamin D and vitamin C, whereas vitamin A is added to low-fat and skim evaporated milk products.
Along with information about the total calories, we have included data about other nutritional values present. Take a look at the detailed table below.
|Condensed milk, canned, sweetened|
|Nutrients||1 fl. oz.||100 g||1 cup|
|Calories||123 kcal||321 kcal||982 kcal|
|Protein||3.02 g||7.91 g||24.20 g|
|Total fat||3.32 g||8.70 g||26.62 g|
|Carbohydrate||20.78 g||54.40 g||166.46 g|
|Total sugars||20.78 g||54.40 g||166.46 g|
|Calcium||108 mg||284 mg||869 mg|
|Sodium||49 mg||127 mg||389 mg|
|Potassium||142 mg||371 mg||1135 mg|
|Magnesium||10 mg||26 mg||80 mg|
|Zinc||0.36 mg||0.94 mg||2.88 mg|
|Iron||0.07 mg||0.19 mg||0.58 mg|
|Phosphorus||97 mg||253 mg||774 mg|
|Vitamin A, IU||102 IU||267 IU||817 IU|
|Vitamin B6||0.019 mg||0.051 mg||0.156 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0.17 µg||0.444 µg||1.35 µg|
|Vitamic C||1 mg||2.6 mg||8 mg|
|Folate||4 µg||11 µg||34 µg|
|Vitamin E||0.06 mg||0.16 mg||.049 mg|
|Vitamin D, IU||2 IU||6 IU||18 IU|
|Vitamin K||0.2 µg||0.6 µg||1.8 µg|
|Cholesterol||13 mg||34 mg||104 mg|
|Total saturated fatty acids||2.1 g||5.5 g||19.8 g|
|Total monounsaturated fatty acids||0.9 g||2.4 g||7.4 g|
|Total polyunsaturated fatty acids||0.13 g||0.34 g||1.03 g|
The health benefits show that it is rich in vitamins and minerals as it is made from milk that has been evaporated. This leads to a high concentration of various nutrients than in fresh milk. It contains vitamin D that helps in strengthening bones by increasing calcium uptake. It is also high in calcium that makes bones stronger. But the high sugar content is not recommended for people with diabetes.
These calories will help you watch your weight and also prove to be a valuable source of nutrients. It is basically milk that is thickened. Milk contains a lot of nutrients like potassium, vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, D, E, and K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium.
Milk is also a complete source of protein that is very important for development in children. It contains natural carbohydrates that gives instant energy and contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. Thus, boosting the immune system. Adults and children both gain a lot of health benefits from milk. Therefore, it is very important to include milk and milk products in your diet. A healthy diet will ensure a healthy future for you and your family.
Disclaimer: This NutriNeat article is for informative purposes only, and should not be replaced for the advice of a nutritionist.