Most of us take for granted that we can eat what we like (with in reason…!) and we just get on with our lives and don’t think about the consequences. For some everything they eat has to be counted and accounted for and if not stuck to the consequences could be harmful for their health.
We work with several disorders where counting the protein is critical to the persons health. These disorders include Phenylketonuria (PKU), Homocystinuria, Tyrosinaemia, Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Urea Cycle Disorders and Organic Acidaemias.
People with these disorders often can not eat ‘high protein’ foods such as meat, fish, cheese and milk as it is harmful for their health. A lower source of protein is also found in foods such as cereals, potatoes, peas, beans, rice and pasta. They can eat these foods, but have to have them in measured amounts depending on how much protein they are allowed to eat each day. In PKU, if a lady is pregnant they may only be allowed 3g of natural protein per day….! These people rely heavily on low protein food alternatives (low protein bread, pasta, rice, biscuits) that can only be found on prescription and take special protein substitutes that are tolerated in their diet.
Take a step into these peoples shoes…
Can you guess how many grams of protein are in each of the foods pictured above?