People with PKU follow a low protein diet and take a nutritional supplement to treat their condition.
Generally, PKU foods to avoid include those which are high in protein, like dairy products, red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts, tofu and legumes. They also need to avoid some types of artificial sweeteners that are high in phenylalanine (Phe). People with PKU may also eat special, low protein versions of common foods like bread, rice, pasta and flour. Click here to shop our inspiring range of low protein foods. The PKU diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, and can be varied, tasty and satisfying. Click here to see our collection of delicious low protein recipes.
The nutritional supplement makes up for the nutrients that someone with PKU doesn’t get in their diet. It contains all the essential amino acids except for Phe, along with vitamins and minerals. Supplements come in many forms and flavours, including powders, ready-to-drink liquids, tablets, and puddings, giving people with PKU the option to choose the type of supplement that they like the best. Click here to explore and purchase our wide range of PKU supplements.
The Australian Society for Inborn Errors of Metabolism (ASIEM). The PKU Handbook. Available at: https://www.hgsa.org.au/resources/asiem-resources-for-parents-and-families/asiem-dietary-handbooks. Accessed January 2021.