Common Questions

How much caffeine is in MILO?

Caffeine naturally occurs in cocoa. MILO powder contains 0.01-0.02g caffeine/100g MILO i.e. 2.2mg-4.8mg per 20g serve MILO. This is less than 7% of the caffeine found in a cup of instant coffee (2g of instant coffee has around 70mg caffeine per serve).

How much chocolate is there in MILO?

MILO does not contain any chocolate but does contain cocoa – it is the fourth ingredient on the list. As this is part of our special formulation, we are unable to release the quantities of ingredients used.

How much fat is in a glass of MILO and milk?

The fat content in a glass of MILO and milk comes mainly from the milk. When MILO is made up with reduced-fat milk, the fat content is around 1 teaspoon (4.8g fat). When MILO is made up with skim milk, the fat content drops to around 1/2 teaspoon (2.2g fat).

My child has milk protein allergy. Can they have MILO?

No. MILO contains milk protein and is unsuitable for people with milk protein allergy.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I have MILO with milk substitutes like soy milk?

MILO contains milk solids. The lactose content of MILO powder is 2.4g per 20g serve.

The Gut Foundation of NSW says that most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate up to 8-10g of lactose per day without symptoms (this is equivalent to less than 200mL regular milk). This will vary from person to person.

Always consult your HCP or nutrition adviser if you are concerned about any food allergies or intolerances.

My child has a peanut allergy. Can he/she have MILO?

There are no peanuts used within the MILO factory. All ingredient suppliers have declared that the materials they supply to the MILO factory are free of any traces of peanuts.

Is MILO suitable for people with coeliac disease?

MILO is NOT gluten free; this is indicated on the label. MILO contains traces of gluten from the malted barley and other grains used in producing MILO. Gluten is found naturally in wheat, barley, rye, triticale and oats.

Is MILO suitable for vegetarians?

MILO is free from meat, fish or any animal tissue, however it does contain milk solids. If you are a vegetarian who avoids milk products, you should be aware that MILO does contain milk solids.

Isn’t MILO too high in sugar – the label says it contains 46.4g total sugars/100g?

Milo powder is specially formulated to be added to milk and consumed as a beverage. Assessing total sugar content on a dry weight basis per 100g of the powder alone is therefore inappropriate.  It is more appropriate to assess the product on an ‘as consumed’ basis, as a beverage.   If you calculated total sugars on an ‘as consumed’ basis (as a beverage) there is 9.1g/100mL.

When reading the label it is more helpful to look at the last 2 columns of the Nutrition Information Panel where it says 20g of powder with 200ml reduced fat or skim milk. This shows how much total sugar there is in ‘a serve’ (glass of MILO and Milk) which is what really counts.

Based on the recommended recipe there is 19-20.1g total sugars in a glass of MILO and milk depending on the type of milk used.

  • Less than one teaspoon (3.8g) is added sucrose (cane sugar) from MILO powder
  • Just over one teaspoon (5.5g) comes from naturally occurring sugars from the malted barley (maltose) and milk powder ingredients (lactose) from MILO powder
  • Over half the total sugars (9.7-10.8g) come naturally from the added 200mL milk alone
 

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