|Women with PKU need to follow a strict diet while pregnant to avoid serious birth defects.|
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Low-Phenylalanine Eating Pattern
- Drinking phenylalanine-free medical formula, which provides calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals without phenylalanine. Phenylalanine-free medical formulas are manufactured for infants, children, and adults and are the most important feature of the diet for PKU.
- Starches, including bread, potatoes, corn, and beans must be limited.
- Eliminating high-protein foods such as milk, meat, fish, chicken, pork, eggs, beans, and nuts.
- Eliminating foods and beverages made with aspartame, an artificial sweetener that contains phenylalanine.
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What is PKU? University of Washington PKU Clinic website. Available at http://depts.washington.edu/pku/about/whatispku.html. Accessed on August 12, 2013.
Phenylketonuria: screening and management [National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement, October 16-18, 2000]. National Institutes of Health website. Available at http://consensus.nih.gov/2000/2000Phenylketonuria113html.htm. Accessed on August 12, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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