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5:  PHENYLALANINE:

Phenylalanine is a small organic chemical belonging to a group of substances called amino acidsFind out more about this term. Amino acids are combined in nature to form proteins. When we eat foods containing proteins, the proteins are broken down during digestion into their constituent amino acids. Our bodies use some of these to make new proteins and other substances that are essential for life. Phenylalanine is one of the so-called 'essential' amino acids and must be obtained by the body from food. You can obtain all the essential amino acids by consuming a mixed diet containing the recommended intake of protein (see Chart 4 (Protein)).

However, there are some disorders in which the normal metabolism of amino acids is defective. These are genetically determined and can usually be detected soon after birth. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inherited defect in which phenylalanine is incompletely and abnormally metabolized. Unless detected and treated early this can lead to mental retardation. Tests to detect this disorder are routinely carried out on all new babies born in a hospital.

Treatment for PKU consists in strictly limiting the amount of phenylalanine in the diet. Because phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, its complete absence will retard growth and development. Therefore diets for PKU children restrict the amount of phenylalanine to a level that will allow both normal growth and normal intelligence. They must be planned in consultation with a doctor and a dietitian. A woman who was a PKU child and who subsequently becomes pregnant must restrict her phenylalanine intake during the pregnancy to avoid the possibility of damage to the baby.

PHENYLALANINE INTAKE

Only children who have phenylketonuria (PKU) must strictly control the foods they eat to ensure that they do not have an excessive intake of phenylalanine. This must be under the supervision of a dietitian or doctor. The chart gives the approximate amount of phenylalanine in a variety of foods.


Important Basics
- Energy
- Water
- Dietary Fibre
- Protein
Phenylalanine
- Carbohydyrate
- Fat
- Cholesterol
- Saturated and Unsaturated Fat
- Alcohol

Also on this page:

-  Phenylalanine intake
-  Phenylalanine Charts

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PHENYLALANINE Food Charts:

 

Phenylalanine:
beverages

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BEVERAGES

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
cereals/cakes

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CEREALS, BISCUITS, CAKES, DESERTS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

 

Phenylalanine:
cereals/cakes

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
egg & cheese
dishes

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EGG AND CHEESE DISHES

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

 

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Phenylalanine:
fats/oils

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FATS AND OILS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

 

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Phenylalanine:
fish/seafood

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FISH AND OTHER SEAFOODS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
fruit

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FRUIT

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

 

 

 

Phenylalanine:
fruit

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
meats

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MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

 

 

Phenylalanine:
meats

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
milk products

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MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

 

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
nuts

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NUTS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Phenylalanine:
sauces

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SAUCES AND CONDIMENTS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
soups

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SOUPS (as served)

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

 

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Phenylalanine:
sugars

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SUGARS, JAMS AND SPREADS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

 

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

Phenylalanine:
sweets

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SWEETS

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

 

 

 

Phenylalanine:
vegetables

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VEGETABLES

Phenylalanine milligrams per 100 grams

Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

 

 

 

 

Phenylalanine:
vegetables

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Food charts list:
beverages
cereals, biscuits,cakes,deserts
egg and cheese dishes
fats and oils
fish and seafoods
fruit
meat and meat products
milk and milk products
nuts
sauces and condiments
soups (as served)
sugars, jams and spreads
sweets
vegetables

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