|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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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 01/21/2014 -
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