Figuring out the amount of protein or certain amino acids in food and having to keep track of the amounts consumed can be boring and confusing.
Learning this information, however, is important to managing a special diet for a metabolic disorder.
Many people, especially children, are visual learners and learn best when they are given visual cues to reinforce the information they are learning.
These flash cards were designed to make the learning process easier and more fun. They include various food types with the protein, phenylalanine and tyrosine content, making them suitable for metabolic disorders beyond just PKU. In addition, the cards also include French and Spanish translations.
How Do I Use the Low Protein Playing Cards?
The cards come in four colors to aid in learning the amount of protein or certain amino acids in food. They also teach how specific foods are consumed when managing a diet for a metabolic disorder.
Red cards are a reminder to stop and not eat the foods.
Yellow cards are foods to include in measured amounts.
Green cards are foods eaten in normal quantities.
Blue cards represent special medical foods and formulas.
Please always follow your dietitian’s guidance on which foods are appropriate in your individual situation and consult with your dietitian before incorporating any medical foods in your diet.
5 Fun Ideas for Using the Low Protein Playing Cards from Nutricia
Traditional Flash Cards (All Card Colors Used
Goal: Learn phenylalanine and/or tyrosine and protein content of various foods
Stop Light (Red, Yellow and Green Cards Only)
Goal: Learn which foods are low, moderate and high in protein/PHE/TYR content
Go Fish (All Card Colors Used)
Goal: Obtain the most matches and learn about protein/PHE/TYR content of foods
War (Red, Yellow and Green Cards Only).
Goal: To win all your opponent’s cards and end up with the most cards while also learning about protein/PHE/TYR content of foods
Meal Planning (Red, Yellow and Green Cards Only)
Goal: To learn how to interchange foods within your allowed protein/PHE/TYR requirements.
What will be your favorite game?
Nutricia Metabolics is dedicated to providing not only advanced medical nutrition for those living with inborn errors of metabolism, but we are also committed to education and support.
The Low Protein Playing Cards are FREE for families and can be requested online at MedicalFood.com.
Full directions and additional games are included (in English, French and Spanish) with each set of cards.
Note: Only 1 set of cards per household. Available while supplies last.