Ion exchange technology is regarded as the best of the best protein purification process in the world as it selects the primary functional and nutritional proteins,beta-lactoglobulin, and alpha-lactalbumin, for isolation and spray drying.
The process also includes other bioactive proteins such as immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, and lactoperoxidase along with the two primary proteins. In doing so, ion exchange technology removes much of the fat and lactose through an electrical charge, giving the whey protein isolate The process also includes other bioactive proteins such as immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, and lactoperoxidase along with the two primary proteins. In doing so, ion exchange technology removes much of the fat and lactose through an electrical charge, giving the whey protein isolate a slightly higher level of protein and lower level of fat and lactose than other whey protein isolates on the market.
The outcome is a whey protein isolate with enhanced functionality, exceptional nutritional value, and complete solubility with a clean and neutral flavor. Whey protein isolate manufactured through ion exchange technology is fully soluble over a wide pH range, has high gel strength, and is considered carbohydrate free. This whey protein isolate is suitable in lactose-free and fat-free formulations because it contains far below 0.5 grams of lactose and fat per 100 grams of powder. “The broad functional and nutritional properties of ion-exchange whey protein isolate make it highly suitable in applications such as clear beverages to strong protein gels,” said Dr. Anand Rao, VP of Ingredients R&D.
Throughout the isolation process, Agropur takes exceptional care not to denature the whey proteins; resulting in an ultra-purified protein isolate with approximately 30% more leucine than microfiltered whey protein isolate. Leucine is known as the critical amino acid for athletes to initiate muscle protein synthesis.
- About Agropur
Agropur inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Agropur Cooperative, which is a North American dairy industry leader founded in 1938. With sales of $6.4 billion in 2017, Agropur is a source of pride to its 3,290 members and 8,300 employees who pursue its vision every day: “Better dairy. Better world.” Agropur processes more than 13 billion pounds of milk per year at its 39 plants across North America. www.agropur.com