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Does your child love low protein pasta?

My child would eat pasta every day, every meal if I let him. It is great he found a food he enjoys, but I want my son to eat more vegetables and other healthy foods that provide fiber and other nutrients.

Here are some ideas to feed your child’s low protein pasta cravings, but to make your low protein pasta last longer and provide more dietary variety.

Soup 

Dicing carrots and celery (the smaller the better for young kids) and simmering in a vegetable broth with low protein pasta added is a low pro and filling lunch or dinner.   311You can use Loprofin Animal Pasta, Rice, or broken Spaghetti to keep it new and exciting.   Fresh dill adds a great ‘soup’ flavor and expand your child’s taste  palate.

Veggie Noodles 

Bulk up your Low Protein Spaghetti by mixing 278with Zucchini or Yellow Squash noodles. With a spiral vegetable slicer this only takes minutes and can really satisfy a bigger appetite.

 Spicy Vegetables over Low Pro Rice Pasta

You can do so many different meals with fresh or frozen cauliflower and carrots, which are Vegetable Curryboth naturally quite low in protein. Often, people on a low protein diet enjoy spice. Check out this recipe for Indian Curry with Loprofin Rice.

 Dish it out slow 

I often serve my son a small amount of pasta, which he gobbles up. Then ask him to eat 3-4 bites of the vegetables on his plate. Once done I serve another small portion of pasta and repeat. All children are motivated differently, but that love of pasta usually is an incentive to eat more veggies at meal time.

 Roll it up 

Kids love to eat with their hands (or at least my son does). Use Loprofin Lasagna to make a salad roll-up or other roll-up filled with veggies. Try filling a pasta roll-up with a blend of mashed potato and mashed cauliflower for a yummy kid friendly dinner entree.

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Order Loprofin Low Protein Pasta online at medicalfood.com

 

Written by Sandy Simons, MA, RD, CHES

PhenylAde® GMP Drink Mix from Nutricia

A Whole New Way to Think About PKU Nutriton

PhenylAde® GMP Drink Mix contains Glycomacropeptide (GMP), made from a whole protein source. It has a smooth, mild vanilla flavor AND is a GMP based PKU product with both DHA & Fiber.

 

PhenylAde GMP

CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A SAMPLE 

Talk to your metabolic dietitian or clinic about a PhenylAde GMP today!

DID YOU KNOW…

Nutricia has a team of Reimbursement Care Specialists to assist you in making a change to PhenylAde GMP or any other Nutricia product.  They can verify insurance benefits, help you find a supplier and more.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES

*This product is for use under medical supervision.  Please consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes to your PKU diet plan.

 

PKU Periflex Junior Plus – Tips for Transition

Nutricia recently launched PKU Periflex® Junior Plus, a new addition to the Periflex family, with the goal of providing the best in PKU nutrition to your child. Towards this goal they have improved Periflex® Junior based on latest medical and scientific knowledge.

PKU Periflex Junior Plus - PKU Formula for Children

Available in Berry, Orange, Plain and Vanilla

Learn more about PKU Periflex Junior Plus

PKU Periflex Junior Plus has been improved to now provide DHA and Fiber for your child

  • DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found to be lacking in the typical PKU diet
  • Nutricia’s own patented Multi-Fiberblend was added to help support your child’s overall gut health.

DID YOU KNOW IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL ATTEMPTS FOR A CHILD TO GET USED TO A NEW FOOD OR PKU FORMULA?

For some kids, a change in formula can be challenging. Some kids may need to try new foods/formula many times before acquiring a taste for it. So please be patient if that is the case with your little one.

To help we have created the PKU Periflex Junior Plus Activity Book.

PKU Formula Activity Book

Help your child transition to PKU Periflex Junior Plus with this fun, interactive activity book

Call 800-605-0410 to request a FREE Copy

Be sure to talk to your dietitian or clinic about a transition plan. They can provide a plan that will guide you step by step to make a slow and stead move to the new product by mixing  the new product and current product together to aid your child in making a successful change to PKU Periflex Junior Plus.

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Written by Linda Leuffgen, RD – Medical Affairs Associate, Nutricia North America

Low Protein Food – Buy Direct from Nutricia!

There are a growing number of options when it comes to low protein food.  One of your options includes buying direct from the company, which could add up to a cost savings for you.

For example, Loprofin brand pasta by Nutricia is available online in more than one place, but buying direct from Nutricia’s website www.medicalfood.com provides up to a $2 per box savings per box compared to other online low protein food shops when purchased by the case.*  This can up to BIG savings when buying 6, 12 or 24 boxes in one order.

Loprofin_Pastas

Quantity per unit is also another important item to explore.  Some products may appear similar in nature and have the same cost per unit.  But with a closer look you may see that one product unit may only provide 10 oz  while the other supplies 16 oz.  You want to compare you prices by ounce or gram to determine the best value for your money.

Next time you are ready to place a low protein food order, compare the volume and cost.   Also consider buying direct from the company and registering on their webistes for special offers and promotions.

 

Written by Sandy Simons, MA, RD, CHES

Sandy works for Nutricia North America.

*based on prices published online by PKU Perspectives as of September 22, 2014.  Varies based on product.

Do I really need to follow the expiration date?

by Linda Leuffgen, RD

It’s now 2015 and you see those expiration dates creeping up.

“Is expired product still safe to use?”

We get this question a lot. Our advice is not to use a medical food or low protein food product past its’ date of expiration. Let me explain why as a lot of factors go into determining an expiration date for all food; not just for Nutricia products.

First is the reliability of the packaging materials. We need to make sure the product inside that packaging is safe until the expiration date. Second is the stability of the ingredients in the product. For example, some fats go bad faster than others. We want to ensure the product you consume is fresh which is indicated by the use by date.

Another determination for expiration dates is to ensure the nutrients in the product are true to the levels marked on their label. Nutrients, especially vitamins, have a tendency to naturally break down over time; some faster than others. It is extremely important that the right amount of each nutrient is in the product since these formulas tend to make up more than 50% of your nutritional needs. We conduct extensive testing under a number of conditions to ensure that the nutrients hold up until the date of expiration.

Nutricia’s goal is to bring you the best nutritional products possible. The intent of an expiration date is to keep our consumers safe and ensure they receive the nutrition they need. Again, we cannot recommend using any of our products past their date of expiration. We suggest discussing this further with your healthcare professional if you have expired product at home and require further questions.

Nutrition Series: Calcium & Your Child’s Diet

Calcium is best known for its role in bone health. In fact, the body stores more than 99% of calcium in bones and teeth to keep them strong [1]. However, calcium also plays a critical role in many bodily functions including muscle contraction, hormone secretion and nerve transmission [2].

The body must maintain constant levels of calcium in the blood, muscles and cells in order for the body to function properly. Although the level required for this is small (less than 1% of total body calcium), if you aren’t getting enough calcium from your diet, the body will use calcium stored in bones to maintain these processes, resulting in bone loss.

Calcium intake throughout childhood and adolescence sets the stage for your little one’s lifetime bone health because the development of peak bone mass during these years will reduce the risk of fractures and Osteoporosis later in adulthood.[3]

The recommended intake of calcium for infants and children are [4]:

  • Birth-6 months: 210 mg per day
  • 7-12 months: 270 mg per day
  • 1-3 years: 500 mg per day
  • 4-8 years: 800 mg per day
  • 9-13 years: 1300 mg per day

The best sources of calcium are milk and milk products, soy products like tofu, leafy greens and of course, the extra calcium-rich sardines. For children with PKU or other inborn errors of metabolism, the best dietary source becomes medical food (formula) fortied with calcium, since the natural foods listed above are not permitted (or highly restricted) in a low protein diet.  It’s also important to get enough Vitamin D because it plays a key role in the body’s absorption of calcium.

This September, Nutricia launched new products for people over 1 year of age with Phenylketonuria (PKU) or Tyrosinemia (TYR).  PKU Periflex® Junior Plus and TYR Anamix® Next are an excellent source of both Calcium and Vitamin D.   Both products meet 100% of current daily recommended intake in 20 g of protein equivalent (PE) a day based on protein needs of an average 2 year old (male).   PKU Periflex Junior Plus and TYR Anamix Next also contain a multi-fiber mix to support digestive health and DHA to support brain and eye development (up to 2 years of an age).

Another important factor for bone health is regular exercise and weight-bearing activities. So make sure that your children get adequate calcium and Vitamin D and encourage them to be active.

 

[1] Weaver CM, Heaney RP. Calcium. In: Shils ME, Shike M, Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. 10th ed. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006:194-210.

[2] http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/calcium.asp. [

3] PEDIATRICS Vol. 117 No. 2 February 2006, pp. 578-585 (doi:10.1542/peds.2005-2822).

[4] Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride. Washington, DC: National Academy Press;1997.

Posted by:  Linda Leuffgen, RD

Medical Affairs Associate for Nutricia North America

 

 

Metabolic Disorders – Talking to your young child

What to say to your child

While your child is not old enough to manage their metabolic disorder alone, it is valuable for them to begin to better understand their diet and treatment. When speaking with your child about their metabolic disorder, the following tips may be helpful:

  • Use simple examples to explain ideas
    For example, when explaining to your child why their metabolic diet is important, it may be helpful to relate the diet to that of a food allergy. Speak with your metabolic team who will also have information about books to read to your child to help him or her understand special diets.
  • Let your child know they can say “no”
    If you haven’t already, teach your child to ask you before eating unfamiliar foods, and that it is OK to say no to anyone who offers food that is unfamiliar or off limits.
  • Tell your child it isn’t his or her fault
    A child may not understand why he or she has metabolic disorder when others do not, and may think that he or she did something to ‘deserve’ it. Explain to your child that everyone is born with different qualities, such as hair and eye color, and a metabolic disorder is something that people are born with, not something that anyone causes. Reinforce to your child that he or she is special, and that this special way of eating is to keep him or her healthy.
  • Stay positive.
    Sending the right message about foods and treatment is important. It is better to talk about off-limit foods as “high-protein,” “no,” “red” or “stop” foods rather than “bad” or “naughty” foods. Help your child accept and manage their metabolic disorder as he or she grows. Never say anything negative about the food or formula to your child. This special way of eating is to keep him or her healthy.
  • You’re not alone
    Talk to your child about other people you know who are on a special diet, even if they are adults, so your child knows that he or she is not the only one on a special diet.   Get involved!   Go to a local metabolic or National event.

Click here to view upcoming events and metabolic support groups across the nation.

 

*Reference Source:Adapted from – My PKU Binder. National PKU Alliance. Chapter 5: Ages 3 to 6 Years, Page 41.