The essential calculation

I do not like math.

There, I said it.

This is my personal opinion of course, but that subject has always seemed abstract to me and yet today, I use it every day professionally. And don’t even talk to me about algebra. 😛 However, no one can escape it and especially not a person with phenylketonuria.

If you follow my blog regularly, you may have read an article a few months ago on nutrition labels.  It contains all kinds of essential information to analyze to help you make informed choices for your diet..  This applies to everyone. On the other hand, in the case of phenylketonuria, mathematics need to be included.

The most important information for us is undoubtedly the amount of protein and the serving size. The serving size is listed at the top of the table. It can be given in different units or measurements, depending on the food. For example, 1 cup of cereal, 10 crackers, 1 tablespoon of soya sauce. Next to the common measurement, you will see the weight (in grams), or volume (in milliliters) that is equal to this amount. Do you always consume the exact amount that is specified on the label? What if you consumed a smaller or bigger serving? The problem is that you rarely consume the exact amount that is specified on the label, Hence the need for a quick calculation.

Need a trick to calculate the exact amount of protein you’re eating versus what’s listed on the nutrition label? Take a look at this video.

Need a trick for this calculation? It’s not complicated, but it’s always good to have a little help from our friends at Nutricia Metabolics as well as a reminder of the importance of calculating protein. I invite you to watch this short video.

I use this method dozens of times a day! But what to do when we eat fresh vegetables and fruit? These foods do not have labels. Now, some of you might not have to count all fruits and veggies. But if you do, then you might have to do a little extra research like I did when it came to calculating the amount of protein in that serving of yellow beans.

There are all sorts of resources (websites, smartphone applications) to find the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables, but here is an interesting one. You will find most of the information you need there.

What do you think of this video? Do you have any other tricks for calculating how much protein you’re consuming? Feel free to comment here or on social media.

This article is presented in collaboration with Nutricia North America, but the ideas and recommendations are my own.

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