Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) is any type of concentrated milk product that contains 40–90% milk protein. MPC contains micellar casein, whey proteins, and bioactive proteins in the same ratio found in milk. As the protein content of MPC increases, the lactose levels decrease. This high-protein low-lactose ratio makes MPC an excellent ingredient for protein-fortified beverages and foods and low-carbohydrate foods.
MPC is typically made from skim milk resulting in fat levels of less than 3%. Common MPC products are MPC-42, MPC-70 and MPC-80, which contain 42%, 70% or 80% protein respectively.
Milk Protein Concentrates are ideal for a large range of applications, including cheese products, cultured products, dairy-based beverages, pediatric nutrition, medical nutrition (enteral foods), weight management products, powdered dietary supplements and sports nutrition products. In general, MPCs provide a concentrated source of protein for nutritional value, sensory and functional properties in the final application.