New milk technologies
Whey is a product obtained in cheese production. The composition and properties of whey depend on the quality of the milk used and the type of cheese produced. Whey-based drinks can be produced from natural sweet or acid whey, protein-free whey, diluted with natural whey, whey powder or whey fermentation methods. In recent years, there has been a special interest in products obtained by fermentation of whey with probiotic bacteria. The most important step in these products is the selection of the appropriate starter culture for the production of a functional beverage with high nutritional value and appropriate sensory properties. Whey drinks are suitable for many consumers from children to the oldest. These drinks show high nutritional value and therapeutic properties. In this review article, the functional properties of whey and milk drinks produced using whey are discussed.