PDCAAS is a method of assessing protein quality that has been recommended by the Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization1,2. PDCAAS is based on the total protein digestibility and amino acid score of the protein source. A protein source with a PDCAAS of 1 is considered high quality3.
Why is Protein Quality Important in Medical Nutrition?
As malnourished patients have increased protein requirements and decreased protein intake4, ensuring high quality protein becomes even more important. Offering medical nutrition products that provide the right protein quantity and quality is crucial to help meet patients’ requirements to support building body protein and maintaining bodily functions5-9.
Can Plant-Based Medical Nutrition Products Meet Patients’ Protein Requirements?
Yes. Protein isolates are a refined form of protein that contain very high levels of protein and very little carbohydrates, fibre or fat10. By using protein isolates in plant-based medical nutrition products, it is possible to achieve levels of protein that can help meet patients’ requirements.
Amount of Protein Isolate required to Provide 30g of Protein11.
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Can Protein Sources used in Plant-Based Medical Nutrition Products be Considered High Quality?
Yes, protein from both dairy and plant sources can meet standards for protein quality and be considered high quality1, and therefore meet the needs of patients requiring medical nutrition products.
Having a range of medical nutrition products with different sources of blends of high-quality protein can help to accommodate patient lifestyle preferences or medical needs.
Protein Quality of Fortimel PlantBased Energy
Our new plant-based oral nutritional supplement, Fortimel PlantBased Energy, contains a high-quality blend of pea and soy protein isolates that can help meet your patient’s protein requirements to support building body protein and body functions5-9.