Cations and lactic acid in whey powder applying two separation mechanisms in the same analysis

Whey is the remaining liquid after cheese production. It is mainly used as feed. It is also used as dietary supplement as a beverage or in powder form. This application determines lactic acid as well as cations in one determination. The Metrosep C 6 - 250/4.0 column separates sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium by ion exchange. It also acts as an ion-exclusion column, which separates lactic acid. Both lactic acid and the cations can be determined in the same run applying direct conductivity detection. While cations typically elute as negative peaks, lactic acid elutes as an early positive peak. MagIC Net shows both in the usual positive direction.