Pasteurized whole milk, ultra-high temperature heated milk, canned evaporated milk, skim milk and instant nonfat dry milk were analyzed for presence of oxidized cholesterol compounds. Effects of heating whole milk and storage of whole milk lipid extracts were also examined. Analytical thin-layer chromatography data indicate that cholesterol in liquid milk was stable during commercial pasteurization, sterilization and evaporation. However, instant non-fat dry milk contained 7-hydroxy-cholesterol. Heating whole milk for 12 h at 85°C did not produce oxysterols, but GC-MS analysis indicate that storage of whole milk lipids may have produced steroidal ketones.

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