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Find a PKU Formula that Works for You

Whether you have been drinking the same formula for years or if you are reading this in an effort to return to the PKU diet, understanding the ‘types’ of PKU formula available to you is important. 

World-wide there are over 60 different PKU formulas! Knowing you have options to get back-on-track or make a change in the future will help you reach and maintain your PKU diet management goals.

Types of PKU Formula

SHAKES – Many formula options are in powdered form and get mixed with water to make a shake-like drink. Shake-like formulas typically provide a balance of fat, carbohydrate, phenylalanine-free* protein, vitamins and minerals. Shake-like formulas often contain a good number of calories, which may benefit active children and adults with higher caloric needs.

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*Formulas which contain an ingredient called glycomacropeptide (GMP) contain some phenylalanine. See below for more about GMP-based formula options for PKU.

LESS-TO-DRINKPKU is Diet-for-Life. As you grow and get older you will need more protein from formula. However, you may not need as many calories from formula since you will also consume more foods low in protein. Lower volume formulas typically have less calories and mix with only 3-5 fl oz of water, so you can drink less formula to meet your daily phenylalanine-free* protein needs. This may also be helpful to those unable to finish their shake-like formula due to being overfull.

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READY-TO-DRINK – Life is busy and staying on diet is of utmost importance, which has made these pre-mixed, ready-to-drink formulas a very popular choice. These formulas come in both the shake-like (Periflex® LQ) and less-to-drink (Lophlex® LQ) options so everyone can find something to meet their needs. Just simply shake, open, drink and go.

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FLEXIBILITY – Everyone is different and sometimes you need a formula option as unique as you. There are multiple ‘flexible’ options for PKU formula; such as tablets and mix-in powdered formulas. Tablets are an option for people who are unable to drink PKU formula or just want to drink less, but meet their full daily protein recommendation.

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Mix-In formula powders are another flexible option that allows you to create your own PKU formula. You can add these powders to sports drinks, foods low in protein, or your current PKU formula to increase PHE-free protein content of your favorite shake-like formula.

GMP-BASED PKU FORMULA–Glycomacropeptide, or GMP for short, is a whey protein concentrate derived from milk during the cheese making process. It is naturally low in phenylalanine, and with the addition of certain amino acids, it makes a suitable source of protein for those with PKU. Your dietitian will help determine how to count for the PHE in these products. GMP-based PKU formulas are available in many forms.

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Nutricia has a great tasting shake-like GMP-based PKU formula (PhenylAde® GMP Drink Mix) and a create-your-own option (PhenylAde® GMP Mix-In) that does not significantly change the taste, even then mixed with  water!mix-in

As you can see, there are no shortages of PKU formula options. If you happen to be thinking about changing formulas or returning to diet let Nutricia help you find a PKU formula you will enjoy drinking.

Contact Nutricia Today DietforLife@Nutricia.com

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NOTE: All PKU formulas must be used under medical supervision. Always consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your PKU diet plan.


Posted by: Sandy Simons, MA, RD, CHES
Sandy is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Education Specialist. She received her graduate training at Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York. She has been working on the industry side of metabolic nutrition for the past 14 years and is often seen at patient events around the country.

Top 10 Reasons to Add Phlexy-10 Tablets to your PKU diet plan

Tired of always  DRINKING your PKU formula?  Did you know that there are other options?

Nutricia offers, Phlexy-10 Tablets, a convenient way to take your PKU medical food:

12 Tablets = 10 g Protein Equivalents

 

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*Speak to your dietitian to see if Phlexy-10 Tablets are right for you.

Here are our Top 10 reasons to use Phlexy-10 Tablets.   Which one is your top reason?

10. You can take tablets at night instead of skipping that last serving of formula

9. Easy to take at school or before sports practice / other after school activities

8. Tablets won’t cause your locker or work area to smell like formula

7. Lightweight source of PHE-Free protein when hiking or camping

6. A simple way to stay on diet when you just don’t want to drink PKU formula

5. Prevents having to explain about your “special drink” when with other people

4. Tablets can add flexibility to a busy day

3. Easy to pack or carry when away from home for long periods of time

2. No messy liquid spills in your bag or purse

1. A quick and easy source of PHE-Free protein you can take ANYWHERE!

 

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Don’t Skip Your Last Serving of PKU Formula!

Talk to your Metabolic Dietitian Today!

 

* For the dietary management of proven Phenylketonuria (PKU).  Use under medical supervision. You must consult a metabolic healthcare professional prior to making changes to your PKU diet plan.

 

It’s a New Year! Find a New PKU Formula.

New Year Image - SchoolFor many, the new year marks a time for reflection and change.  If you are thinking about trying a new PKU formula, here are some great options from Nutricia Metabolics.

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PhenylAde®  GMP

Looking for a GREAT tasting PKU formula that contains Glycomacropeptide (GMP), made from a whole protein source? You found it!   Now in 2 great options.

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10 g of PE | 5 fl oz | 15.3 mg PHE | 132 calories

PhenylAde®  Essential

phenylade-essentialWhen great taste and PKU nutrition meet,
you’ll find PhenylAde Essential. Choose from 5 delicious flavors. Available in cans or single serve pouches.

10 g of PE | 7 fl oz | 157 calories

Lophlex® LQ

If you areLophlex LQ Pouches looking for flexible and convenient, this is the PKU formula for you! Available in 3 great flavors and made with real fruit juice from concentrate. You are sure to give this formula a ‘LIKE’ status.

20 g of PE | 4.2 fl oz | 120 calories

Periflex® LQ

Ever wPeriflex LQ Drinksish for a PKU formula you could just open and drink? Wishes do come true with this ready-to-drink PKU formula. Best of all, it is easy to drink with a smooth and creamy taste.

15 g of PE | 8.5 fl oz | 160 calories

 

PhenylAde® 60

PA60If you are looking to meet your total PKU formula needs with less-to-drink, then PhenylAde 60 is for you. Great for Adults & Teens!

10 g of PE | 3 fl oz | 49 calories

 Be sure to speak with your metabolic clinic prior to making any changes to your PKU diet plan.   All sample request will be verified by your clinic prior to shipping.  
Don’t have a clinic?  Call 800-605-0410. 
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New PKU Product Announcement

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Yes, it’s true!   There is a new addition to the PhenylAde® GMP line of PKU formula.

PhenylAde GMP Original Flavor is a mild and neutral tasting PKU formula that contains Glycomacropeptide (GMP), made from a whole protein source.

Why We Created This Product:

phenylade-gmp-original-flavorPhenylAde GMP Original Flavor was created based on feedback from you, the PKU community.

We heard in-person, online and from your clinics that you wanted a neutral tasting GMP-based product that was mild and easy-to-drink.

The PKU community spoke and Nutricia listened.  We are proud to add this great tasting formula to our PKU product line.

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Many people with PKU sampled this new GMP-based PKU formula at local or national events this summer. We wanted your input.

The feedback was fantastic!  We truly hope everyone who is seeking a GMP-based PKU formula enjoys the mild, neutral taste of this new GMP-based formula for PKU.

PhenylAde GMP – Now Available in 2 Great Options!

Hear what a PKU adult had to say after sampling PhenylAde GMP Vanilla:

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How does PhenylAde GMP taste? Ask David.

 

My name is David Harris. I’m 40 years old and I was diagnosed with classical PKU.

When I tasted the PhenylAde GMP product, it was very easy to drink, it was very smooth, and in comparison to other products in the market, I actually preferred it.

Formula taste is key. It’s very important, because without a good taste, and a good consistency; it’s very difficult to get down.

If it tastes good, then I’ll drink it.


Curious to try PhenylAde GMP?

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