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Metabolomic Insights into the Nutritional Status of Adults and Adolescents with Phenylketonuria Consuming a Low-Phenylalanine Diet in Combination with Amino Acid and Glycomacropeptide Medical Foods.

1. Introduction

Phenylketonuria (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man 261600) is an inherited metabolic disease that is characterized by a loss of function of the hepatic phenylalanine hydroxylase ([PAH.sup.8]; Enzyme Commission number 1.14.16.1), thereby limiting the hydroxylation of phenylalanine to tyrosine [1]. Diagnosis and initiation of treatment are required to prevent severe cognitive impairment caused by toxic accumulations of Phe in the brain [2, 3]. Nutritional management requires compliance with a lifelong low-Phe diet, which is central to the treatment of PKU. The low-Phe diet consists of a controlled amount of natural protein to provide minimum Phe requirements and consumption of elemental amino acid medical foods (AA-MF) or glycomacropeptide medical foods (GMP-MF), distributed three times per day, to provide the majority of dietary protein needs [4].

Glycomacropeptide is a 64-amino acid glycophosphopeptide (7-11 kDa) and is part of the K-casein micelle in bovine milk that is cleaved by chymosin during the cheese-making process [5]. GMP is not a complete protein and requires supplementation with the following indispensable amino acids: Arg, His, Leu, Trp, and Tyr [6,7]. Our randomized, controlled crossover trial demonstrated that Glytactin GMP-MF are a safe and acceptable alternative with fewer reported gastrointestinal side effects compared to AA-MF, which may improve lifelong medical food compliance [8]. This evidence supports the new paradigm for use of primarily intact protein from GMP-MF for the nutritional management of PKU [4,9].

The focus on dietary macro- and micronutrient patterns has progressed from deficiency prevention towards an emphasis on disease prevention and wellness. Maintenance of adequate nutritional status, based on dietary intake and biomarkers, is challenging for PKU due to the small amount of natural protein that can be incorporated into the low-Phe diet [10]. To accommodate the restrictive low-Phe diet, PKU medical foods have been supplemented with chemically derived vitamins and minerals within the last 25 years, and more recently, with essential fatty acids [10, 11]. The bioavailability of both natural and chemically derived vitamins and minerals is complex and impacted by dietary constituents, such as fiber and fat content [12-15]. For example, there is evidence of increased bioavailability of chemically derived folic acid and retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and reduced bioavailability of sodium selenite, a common chemically derived form of selenium [12, 16, 17].

Research groups have reported clinical data from PKU subjects indicating low or deficient levels of several micronutrients, including iron, selenium, vitamin B-12, zinc, and fatty acids, such as total n-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) [10, 11, 18-20]. This finding is likely due, in part, to reduced bioavailability of synthetic nutrients, variable content of nutrients in medical foods, or low medical food compliance. At the same time, there is evidence of high serum concentrations of folate and selenium [18]. Regardless, prior studies provide nutritional status assessment data based on mostly children with PKU using AA-MF. Pinto et al. recently reported similar concentrations of Phe, select micronutrients (iron, vitamins D and B-12, folic acid, and zinc), and lipoproteins in individuals with PKU consuming a combination of AA-MF and Glytactin GMP-MF; micronutrient intake was not reported [21]. The objective of this study was to utilize metabolomics and traditional dietary evaluation methods to assess the nutritional status of adults and adolescents with PKU consuming AA-MF and Glytactin GMP-MF in combination with a low-Phe diet. Our comprehensive approach assessed dietary intake of macronutrients and micronutrients from medical foods as well as natural foods and modified low-protein foods.

2. Methods

2.1. Study Design and Protocol. Assessment of macro- and micronutrient intake of adults with PKU consuming a lowPhe diet in combination with AA-MF compared to Glytactin GMP-MF was an important secondary aim of our randomized, controlled, crossover clinical trial [8]. Participants completed the study protocol either at the Waisman Center (n = 19) or at Boston Children's Hospital (n = 11) [8]. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Institutional Review Board approved the study protocol. All participants provided written informed consent. The trial was registered at ClinicalTrials.gov as NCT01428258. As previously reported, inclusion criteria included a diagnosis of PKU that was early treated with medical food and a current prescription providing greater than 50% of daily protein needs from medical foods [8]. The study protocol included baseline (day 1) and final (day 22) study visits for both AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments, where fasting blood samples and 3-day food records were obtained (Figure 1) [8].

Participants consumed a low-Phe diet and were randomized to consume AA-MF and GMP-MF for 3 weeks each. The main change in the GMP-MF treatment was the substitution of all protein equivalent (PE) intake from AA-MF with GMP-MF. Participants consumed their usual Phe-free AA-MF, as prescribed by their home metabolic clinics, which resulted in the use of 15 different AA-MF [8]. The list of AA-and GMP-MF used by participants has been previously reported [8]. Cambrooke Therapeutics donated the GMP-MF from 2010 to 2015, which contained Glytactin, a patented formulation of ~70% glycomacropeptide (cGMP-20, Arla Foods Ingredients) and ~30% supplemental AAs (Arg, His, Leu, Trp, and Tyr). Consecutive 3-day food records and fasting venipunctures were collected prior to the start and the end of both dietary treatments. A daily medical food log was kept by subjects for each of the 3-week treatments and used to assess intake of PE from medical foods compared with prescribed intake of PE from medical foods (average medical food prescription in study: 0.85 [+ or -] 0.03 g PE/kg/d). Median intake of PE from medical food was not different between AA-MF and GMP-MF (medians, g PE/kg/d: AA-MF, 0.78; GMP-MF, 0.76; p = 0.94) and indicates that participants obtained approximately 90% of the average medical food prescription. Compliance with AA-MF and GMP-MF was previously reported [8].

2.2. Assessment of Medical Food and Natural Food Intake. Nutrient intake distributions (10th, median, and 90th percentiles) for macro- and micronutrients from the whole diet, medical foods, and natural foods, based on 3-day food records at the end of AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments, are reported for the first time. Food record analyses were conducted by a registered dietitian (RD) experienced in standardized diet entry using Food Processor SQL (version 10.12.0; ESHA) and were surveilled by a second RD for quality assurance. Nutrient intake of participants <18y was combined with that of adult participants due to similar PE intake from MF with both treatments (means [+ or -] SE, adults, 54 [+ or -] 3 g PE from MF, n = 25; minors, 47 [+ or -] 6 g PE from MF, n = 5; p = 0.38) and the small sample size. Natural foods were defined as all food and beverages that were not medical foods intended for the treatment of PKU. Intake of modified low-protein foods (MLPF) was investigated, and MLPF were defined as foods that were "modified to be low in protein and formulated for oral consumption for individuals for whom a condition or disorder prevents typical food consumption. This does not include foods that are naturally low in protein, such as some fruits or vegetables" [22]. Because MLPF are intended to add variety to the low-Phe PKU diet, MLPF were categorized as "natural food."

2.3. Assessment of Inadequate and Excessive Intake of Macro-and Micronutrients. To investigate inadequate and excessive intakes of macronutrients and micronutrients, we compared the average 3-day intake of each nutrient for AA- and GMPMF at the end of the 3-week treatment period against the gender- and age-appropriate nutrient reference cutoffs for each individual participant. The United States' acceptable macronutrient distribution range (AMDR) was used to evaluate percent caloric intake from total protein, carbohydrate, and fat, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 (DGA) were used to evaluate percent caloric intake from sugar and saturated fat [23, 24]. The United States' estimated average requirements (EAR) and adequate intake (AI) were used as reference cutoffs to evaluate inadequate total micronutrient intakes, and the tolerable upper intake levels (UL) were used as reference cutoffs to evaluate excessive total micronutrient intakes [25, 26]. Excessive intakes of vitamin A, vitamin E, niacin, folate, and magnesium from medical foods, as opposed to the whole diet, were evaluated because the UL for those micronutrients represent intakes from pharmacological sources and not natural foods [25].

To estimate the percentage of participants with inadequate or excessive intakes of vitamins A and E, assumptions related to vitamin form and the conversions used to account for bioavailability were made. For vitamin A, we reported intake using international units (IUs) rather than retinol activity equivalents (RAE) because American food labels generally report vitamin A content of foods as percent of daily value or IU and do not account for differences related to bioavailability of preformed vitamin A (retinol) and provitamin A carotenoids ([alpha]-carotene, [beta]-carotene, and [beta]-cryptoxanthin). To utilize the EAR and UL to evaluate inadequate and excessive intakes of vitamin A, vitamin A intake from medical foods was evaluated as retinol, given that vitamin A is added to medical foods as retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate and vitamin A intake from natural foods was evaluated as [beta]-carotene. We evaluated vitamin A intake from natural foods as [beta]-carotene because our participants had low intakes of fortified grain products, and many of the low-Phe fruits and vegetables consumed by our participants generally have high contents of [beta]-carotene. To evaluate inadequate and excessive intake of vitamin E, vitamin E from medical foods was evaluated as dl-alpha tocopherol, as this is the most common form of vitamin E added to medical foods. Vitamin E from natural foods was evaluated as l-alphatocopherol to account for differences in bioavailability.

2.4. Clinical Measurements. Nontargeted metabolomic analyses on fasting plasma samples from participants with PKU (n = 10) compared to fasting plasma samples from a gender-and age-matched control population (n = 15) and on aliquots from 24-hour urine collections from participants with PKU (n = 9) were carried out by Metabolon, Inc. (Durham, NC, USA). The plasma and urine samples used for the metabolomic analyses were obtained from a subset of the 30 participants enrolled in the previously reported clinical trial [8]. Methods for metabolomic analyses on plasma and urine samples have been previously reported [27]. Hemoglobin, plasma ferritin, and serum zinc were analyzed using standard techniques at the clinical laboratories located at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and Boston Children's Hospital. Serum methylmalonic acid (MMA) concentrations were analyzed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry by Metabolite Laboratories, Inc. (Denver, CO, USA).

2.5. Statistical Analysis. All statistical analyses were performed using SAS version 9.4, and assumptions of normality and equal variance were tested. Most analyses used PROC MIXED (SAS Institute Inc.). Subject characteristics and DXA scan data were analyzed using ANOVA with effects for sex and genotype (classical or variant PKU). Nutrient and MLPF intake data were analyzed using ANOVA with effects for diet (AA-MF or GMP-MF), genotype, and diet by genotype interactions. Two analyses were conducted for micronutrient intakes from medical foods using ANOVA with effects for diet, genotype, and diet by genotype interactions. The first analysis included all 30 subjects, while the second analysis only included subjects that consumed micronutrients from both AA-MF and GMP-MF (n = 21-27). The Kruskal-Wallis test was used to test for differences due to diet or genotype, if data were skewed. Statistical analyses for the metabolomics were performed in Array Studio version 7.2 and R version 3.02. The metabolites in the metabolomic analyses for both plasma and urine samples were rescaled to set the median to one, based on all samples. Statistical analyses were conducted to detect differences in fold change. To detect differences in the metabolomics of the plasma samples, paired t-tests were used to compare differences between treatments and PKU genotypes. Welch's two-sample t-tests were used to detect differences between a dietary treatment and a PKU genotype against a control population. To detect differences in the metabolomics of the urine samples, paired t-tests were used to detect differences between treatments and genotypes, and ANOVA was used to test for treatment, genotype, and treatment by genotype interactions. Data from urine samples were corrected for osmolality prior to statistical analysis; the dietary treatments did not have a significant effect on urine osmolality. Statistical significance was set at p < 0.05.

3. Results

3.1. Participants. Thirty participants were enrolled in the clinical trial (18 females and 12 males) and included 25 adults (18-49 y) and 5 minors (15-17y) [8]. Participant characteristics are summarized in Table 1. Of the 20 participants categorized with classical PKU, defined as having a PAH genotype and/or inadequate response to sapropterin dihydrochloride resulting in a severe PKU phenotype, eight were male, ten were female, and two were minors. Of the 10 participants categorized with variant PKU, defined as having a mild PAH genotype and/or response to sapropterin dihydrochloride resulting in a mild PKU phenotype, two were male, five were female, and three were minors. Five participants used sapropterin hydrsapropterin dihydrochloride consistently throughout the study.

3.2. Macronutrient Intake Profile of the Whole Diets. The low-Phe diets in combination with AA-MF and GMP-MF were generally constant with similar total intakes (i.e., the whole diet) of energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat, Phe, and PE from medical foods (medians, 53-59 g PE/d) (Table 2). Percent calories from total protein, carbohydrate, sugar, fat, and saturated fat as a percentage of total energy intake were similar for both AA-MF and GMP-MF whole diets and are reported only for the low-Phe diet in combination with AA-MF (Figure 2). However, intakes of carbohydrate, fat, and saturated fat from medical foods were significantly higher with GMP-MF. The significantly higher carbohydrate intake with GMP-MF was driven by the higher sugar intake with GMP-MF (medians, 53g/d sugar with GMP-MF compared to 36g/d sugar with AA-MF; p = 0.10). Participants with variant PKU consumed more protein and Phe from natural foods and a higher percentage of total energy intake from fat and saturated fat compared with participants with classical PKU [28]. Additionally, significant differences were found in the intake of 15 of 18 dietary amino acids, which have been previously reported [29].

3.3. Low Intake of Modified Low-Protein Foods among Participants. Of 30 participants, only 13 consumed MLPF with both AA- and GMP-MF treatments. Macronutrient and Phe intake from MLPF was similar with both diets (Table 3). Interestingly, only 211-257 kcal (medians), <1 g of protein, and 51-62 g carbohydrates from MLPF were consumed, which comprised ~10% of median total calories and ~17% of median total carbohydrate intake with both diets (Table 3). Types of MLPF consumed most often during this study included low-protein baking mixes, pasta, cereal, and cheese. Given that most of the MLPF consumed during this study were comprised of mainly starch, micronutrients are not reported. The surprising low rates of MLPF intake and low caloric contribution to the low-Phe diet are likely twofold: (1) differences in public and private coverage of MLPF in the states of the home metabolic clinics within our heterogeneous participant population and (2) the majority of MLPF to which participants had access required some preparation and may have acted as a barrier to excessive consumption. To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first to report macronutrient intake patterns from MLPF of individuals with PKU in the United States.

3.4. Micronutrient Intake Profile of the Diets. Vitamin and mineral intake profiles of the low-Phe diets in combination with AA-MF and GMP-MF are summarized in Tables 4 and 5. The greater intake of natural foods in the diet of participants with variant PKU was associated with greater intakes of vitamin D, vitamin B-12, iodine, selenium, and zinc compared to subjects with classical PKU [28]. Dietary intakes of 17 of 25 vitamins and minerals from the whole diet and from medical foods were similar between the AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments. Dietary intakes from natural foods were not different between AA-MF and GMP-MF, providing further support that the diets were generally constant except for the type of medical food consumed. Participants consumed significantly more dietary thiamin and copper from the whole diet and medical foods with AA-MF compared to GMP-MF and consumed significantly less dietary choline and sodium from the whole diet and medical foods with AA-MF (Tables 4 and 5).

Because several AA-MF and GMP-MF do not contain micronutrients, subanalyses were conducted to test whether there were differences in dietary intakes of micronutrients from only the medical foods that did contain the micronutrient of interest (n = 21-27). Of the subanalyses conducted for the 25 dietary micronutrient intakes from medical foods, only the 3 subanalyses, vitamin E, iron, and zinc, demonstrated different outcomes from the full analysis (n = 30). There was no significant difference in dietary intake of zinc from medical food based on the subanalysis (n = 21). However, the subanalyses indicated that AA-MF supplemented with vitamins and minerals tended to have higher contents of vitamin E and iron compared to GMP-MF.

3.5. Inadequate and Excessive Micronutrient Intakes per the Dietary Reference Intakes. To assess the rates of inadequate micronutrient intakes with AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments, dietary intakes from the whole diet were compared to the EAR or AI, which were evaluated for each individual participant based on age and gender (Tables 4 and 5). There were high rates of inadequate micronutrient intakes from the whole diet, expressed as percentages of participants below the EAR or AI with AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments, for the following micronutrients: potassium (93% for both treatments), choline (>40%), vitamin D (33% for both treatments), and iodine (>23%). Although approximately one-third of participants did not meet the EAR for vitamin D, we have previously shown that our participants with PKU have no evidence of vitamin D deficiency based on concentrations of serum 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (means [+ or -] SE, pg/mL: AA-MF, 65.4 [+ or -] 3.39; GMP-MF, 71.9 [+ or -] 4.10; p = 0.079) and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (means [+ or -] SE, ng/mL: AA-MF, 33.6 [+ or -] 1.53; GMP-MF, 33.8 [+ or -] 1.70; p = 0.797) [30]. Furthermore, there was some evidence of inadequate micronutrient intakes from the whole diet with AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments for the following micronutrients: magnesium, vitamin E, biotin, zinc, selenium, pantothenate, vitamin K, vitamin C, copper, and thiamin.

In addition to rates of inadequate intakes, micronutrient intakes from either the whole diet or medical foods were compared to the UL to investigate rates of excessive micronutrient intake. There were high rates of excessive micronutrient intakes from medical foods, expressed as percentages of participants above the UL with AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments, for the following micronutrients: magnesium (>37%), folic acid (>27%), and niacin (20% with AA-MF) (Tables 4 and 5). Because the UL for magnesium, folate, and niacin applies to synthetic sources only, comparison of the UL against the intake from the whole diet was not evaluated for those micronutrients. Not surprisingly, >63% of participants had sodium intakes from the whole diet with AA-MF and GMP-MF that were above the UL (>2300 mg/d). Participants consumed significantly more sodium from the whole diet with GMP-MF due to the significantly higher sodium intake from GMP-MF compared to AA-MF (medians, 1140 mg sodium/d from GMP-MF compared to 413 mg sodium/d from AA-MF, p < 0.0001, n = 30). Nonetheless, the majority of the dietary sodium intake was obtained from natural foods (medians, 2041 mg sodium/d with GMP-MF compared to 2206 mg sodium/d with AA-MF, p = 0.69).

To test whether the vitamin and mineral content of low-Phe diets would be adequate without intake of medical foods, we compared the micronutrient intake from natural foods to the gender- and age-appropriate EAR or AI for each participant. Without medical foods, more than 70% of participants would not meet the EAR or AI for the following micronutrients: choline (100%), potassium (>97%), iodine (>93%), calcium (>90%), vitamin D (>90%), magnesium (>87%), biotin (>83%), pantothenate (>83%), vitamin E (>80%), zinc (>77%), and selenium (>73%). Interestingly, without medical food intake, >90% of participants would be able to obtain vitamin A from natural foods alone to meet or exceed the EAR due to high intakes of provitamin A carotenoids from green leafy vegetables (i.e., spinach and lettuces), squashes, carrots, and tomato products, such tomato-based pasta sauce (Table 4).

3.6. Metabolomics. Metabolomic analyses of Met metabolism, vitamins, and food components in plasma and urine samples are reported in Supplemental Tables 1-3.

3.6.1. Vitamins A, C, and E. Plasma retinol concentrations were similar between AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments and 17% higher (p = 0.17) compared to controls. Given that plasma retinol is homeostatically controlled, the somewhat higher retinol levels in PKU subjects are unexplained. Significantly higher plasma retinal concentrations (~1.7-fold [up arrow]) were found in participants with variant and classical PKU who consumed AA-MF and GMP-MF compared to a control population (GMP-MF versus controls, p = 0.0006; AA-MF versus controls, p = 0.0053). Although plasma retinal is not recognized as a biomarker of vitamin A status, this agrees with the high dietary intakes of preformed vitamin A with both AA-MF and GMP-MF in participants with PKU. Not surprisingly, given the low intake of citrus fruits, pumpkin, and red pepper, participants with variant and classical PKU and participants who consumed AA-MF and GMP-MF showed 0.3-fold lower plasma [beta]-cryptoxanthin concentrations (p = 0.0064) compared to controls [12]. Consistent with similar intakes of dietary vitamin C, there were no differences in urinary ascorbate and dehydroascorbate concentrations.

Plasma [alpha]-tocopherol concentrations were similar between AA-MF and GMP-MF treatments and between participants consuming AA-MF or GMP-MF compared to controls, despite significantly lower vitamin E intakes with GMP-MF. However, plasma [alpha]-tocopherol concentrations were 1.25-fold higher in participants with variant PKU compared to classical PKU (p = 0.03). Furthermore, plasma [alpha]-tocopherol concentrations were 0.8-fold lower in participants with classical PKU compared to controls (p = 0.054). Urinary excretion of alpha-CEHC (2,5,7,8-tetramethyl-2-(2'-carboxyethyl)-6-hydroxychroman), a major water-soluble [alpha]-tocopherol metabolite, was not significantly different based on dietary treatment or PKU genotype. Interestingly, plasma concentrations of gamma-CEHC (3-(2,7,8-trimethyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-chromen-2-yl) propanoate), a water-soluble y-tocopherol metabolite, were approximately twofold higher in participants consuming GMP-MF and AA-MF (GMP-MF versus controls, p = 0.03; AA-MF versus controls, p = 0.07) and participants with variant PKU compared to the control population (Variant PKU versus controls, p = 0.002). Urinary excretion of gamma-CEHC concentrations was 2.8-fold higher with GMP-MF compared to AA-MF (p = 0.028). This is the first study to report dietary intake of vitamin E and metabolites for both [alpha]- and [gamma]-tocopherol in plasma and urine.

3.6.2. B-Vitamins. Compared to AA-MF, 0.48-fold less thiamin was excreted in the urine with GMP-MF (p = 0.043), which agrees with the significantly lower dietary thiamin intake with GMP-MF. No significant treatment differences were found in urinary riboflavin concentrations, consistent with similar dietary riboflavin intakes. Higher plasma nicotinamide concentrations were observed in participants consuming AA-MF (1.42-fold [up arrow], p = 0.07) and GmP-MF (1.47-fold [up arrow], p = 0.06) compared to a control population. Plasma nicotinamide concentrations that were 1.66-fold higher were observed in participants with variant PKU compared to controls (p = 0.01). These results align with similar dietary niacin intakes between treatments and the observation that 20% of participants exceeded the UL for dietary niacin intake with AA-MF.

Despite similar dietary pantothenate intakes and urinary pantothenate concentrations, plasma pantothenate concentrations in participants with classical and variant PKU and participants who used GMP-MF were significantly higher compared to controls (classical PKU versus controls, 1.34-fold [up arrow], p = 0.02; variant PKU versus controls, 1.58-fold [up arrow], p = 0.03; GMP-MF versus controls, 1.48-fold [up arrow], p = 0.01). In agreement with similar dietary vitamin B-6 intakes between treatments and PKU genotype, no significant differences related to diet or genotype were found in plasma concentrations of pyridoxal and pyridoxate or urine concentrations of pyridoxal, pyridoxate, and pyridoxamine. Additionally, plasma levels of pyridoxal and pyridoxate in PKU subjects were not different compared with controls.

Although >40% of participants had dietary choline intakes below the EAR and obtained higher intakes of choline with GMP-MF compared to AA-MF, there were no significant differences in plasma choline concentrations among our participants related to diet or genotype and in comparison with the control population. However, this finding is not surprising, considering that plasma choline is homeostatically controlled [31]. No differences in urinary excretion of choline-related metabolites, dimethylglycine and betaine, between dietary treatments nor PKU genotype were found. However, participants with variant PKU had 1.46-fold higher plasma dimethylglycine compared to classical PKU (p = 0.013), and participants with classical PKU had 0.8-fold lower plasma betaine concentrations compared to controls (p = 0.042). Taken together, choline may be a nutrient of concern in PKU.

3.6.3. Taurine. Interestingly, despite similar dietary taurine intakes and plasma taurine concentrations, 0.2-fold less taurine was excreted in the urine with GMP-MF compared to AA-MF (p = 0.002). Furthermore, urinary excretion of taurine-related metabolites (hypotaurine, cysteine sulfinate, cysteine, and cystathionine) was significantly higher with AA-MF compared to GMP-MF (Figure 3). We have previously reported high urinary sulfate excretion with AA-MF (that also exceeded the reference range) compared to GMPMF (urinary sulfate excretion (mEq/d, means [+ or -] SE); AA-MF, 34 [+ or -] 3, versus GMP-MF, 12 [+ or -] 3, p = 0.0008) [30]. Current sulfur-containing amino acid content of AA-MF provides ~3 times the World Health Organization's recommendation for daily intakes of Met and Cys [32]. Moreover, higher urinary excretion of sulfate, taurine, and taurine-related metabolites with AA-MF may be related to increased need to excrete sulfur with higher intake of sulfur-containing amino acids, Met and Cys, from AA-MF compared with GMP-MF [33]. Taken together, these data suggest that the sulfur-containing amino acid content of AA-MF might be higher than what is needed to support protein synthesis and one-carbon metabolism.

3.6.4. Sweeteners and Inositol. The artificial sweetener ace-sulfame was added to both AA-MF and GMP-MF, and consumption was higher in PKU subjects as reflected in threefold higher plasma levels of acesulfame in PKU subjects compared to controls (scaled intensity means, variant, 0.76; classical, 0.63; controls, 0.237; p = 0.067). Notably, urinary acesulfame excretion was 6 times higher with GMP-MF compared to AA-MF (p = 0.005). Plasma erythritol and urinary erythritol excretion were dramatically higher with GMP-MF compared to AA-MF (p = 0.019 to 0.003); plasma levels were also higher with GMP-MF compared with controls (p = 0.006). Erythritol is a partially absorbed sugar alcohol that is approved by the FDA for use as a food additive. No significant differences were found in plasma levels of saccharin and in urinary excretion of saccharin and sucralose. Consistent with similar intake of dietary inositol from AA-MF and GMP-MF, no significant differences were found in plasma and urine concentrations of myo- and chiro-inositol.

3.7. Adequate Status of Iron, Vitamin B-12, and Zinc Based on Hematological Measures. Average concentrations of hemoglobin, plasma ferritin, serum MMA, and zinc were within normal limits (Supplemental Table 4). Consistent with adequate iron status, hemoglobin and ferritin levels were within normal limits for >93% of participants, and >97% of participants met or exceeded the EAR for dietary iron intake. Despite the fact that 13-20% of participants consuming AA-MF or GMP-MF, respectively, did not meet the EAR for dietary zinc, serum zinc concentrations for 94% of participants were within normal limits for both treatments. Given that serum zinc is correlated with dietary zinc intake and a good biomarker of zinc status [34], these data suggest adequate zinc status. In line with adequate vitamin B-12 status, MMA concentrations were within normal limits for >94% of participants, and >90% of participants met or exceeded the EAR for dietary vitamin B-12 intake.

4. Discussion

4.1. Summary of Intake. Individuals with PKU are at risk for nutrient deficiencies and toxicities due to the restrictive low-Phe diet in combination with medical foods that are supplemented with chemically derived nutrients in variable amounts [35, 36]. We conducted an intervention trial that investigated nutrient status using dietary intakes and biochemical measures in adults and adolescents with classical and variant PKU who showed similar compliance when consuming AA-MF and Glytactin GMP-MF. A list of the main conclusions from this study is detailed in Table 6. For the majority of micronutrients, we found similar total intakes when participants consumed AA-MF or Glytactin GMP-MF and no differences in intakes of micronutrients from natural foods. This indicates that differences in micronutrient intake were driven by the diverse micronutrient supplementation profiles of the medical foods used by our participants. Although participants obtained adequate intakes of most micronutrients based on the EAR, inadequate intakes of potassium for 93% of participants and choline for >40% of participants were observed. In contrast to inadequate intake, participants had excessive intakes (>UL) of chemically derived folic acid and magnesium from medical foods, and >63% of participants had excessive intakes of sodium driven by natural (likely processed) food intake. Nonetheless, vitamin and mineral supplementation of medical foods is necessary in order to prevent nutrient deficiency in PKU. Our data showed that at least 70% of participants would obtain inadequate intakes for 11 vitamins and minerals without supplemented medical foods (biotin, choline, pantothenate, vitamins D and E, potassium, calcium, iodine, magnesium, selenium, and zinc).

4.2. Common Nutrients of Concern in PKU. Adequate nutrient status in PKU relies on compliance with medical food supplemented with vitamins and minerals due to the low natural protein intake tolerated with the low-Phe diet [4]. Micronutrient deficiency, as evidenced by dietary intake and biochemical measures, has been reported for iron, vitamin B-12, and zinc [35, 36] but can generally be avoided with compliance with medical foods that are supplemented with these micronutrients [35-38]. Consistent with adequate iron and vitamin B-12 status, Pinto et al. found similar levels of ferritin, transferrin, hemoglobin, and vitamin B-12 that were within normal limits in 11 subjects with PKU consuming AA-MF in combination with Glytactin GMP-MF for ~13 months [21]. Our data also suggest that participants demonstrated adequate status of iron, vitamin B-12, and zinc as evidenced by dietary intakes that meet or exceed the EAR and relevant biomarker concentrations within normal limits for the majority of participants.

Excessive folic acid intake supported by high levels of folate or folic acid biomarkers is noted to be of concern in PKU [18, 36, 39]. Evans et al. reported folate intakes that were 201-267% of the Recommended Nutrient Intake in 51 children, aged 1-16 years, supported by high serum folate concentrations that were above normal limits in 83% of subjects [18]. Crujeiras et al. showed high folate levels in 39% of 156 children and adults with PKU, aged 7 months-42 years. We observed dietary folic acid intakes from AA-MF and Glytactin GMP-MF that exceeded the UL in >27% of participants, but folate or folic acid concentrations were not measured. In contrast, Pinto et al. did not find high folic acid concentrations in subjects consuming AA-MF and Glytactin GMP-MF, but dietary intakes of folate and folic acid were not reported [21]. Andrade et al. found altered methylation capacity resulting in low homocysteine concentrations in 42 subjects with PKU compared to 40 controls, which they attribute to high intakes of folic acid and vitamin B-12 from low-Phe medical food products [40]. Dobrowolski et al. reported methylome repatterning in the brain demonstrated by aberrant DNA methylation in brain tissue of subjects and mice with PKU [41, 42]. Given the role of folate in onecarbon metabolism, it is possible that excessive intake of folic acid from both AA-MF and GMP-MF and excessive intake of sulfur-containing amino acids from AA-MF could contribute to gene dysregulation in the brain secondary to aberrant DNA methylation [41, 42]. In short, excessive folic acid intake from medical foods might contribute to the neuropathology of PKU.

Selenium is one micronutrient where observations of deficiency and toxicity, supported by plasma selenium and glutathione peroxidase activity, have been reported [18, 35, 36]. Conflicting reports of selenium deficiency and toxicity may be related to a combination of reduced bioavailability of chemically derived selenium and high supplementation of some medical foods with selenium. Nonetheless, >80% of participants in this study obtained intakes of selenium that met the EAR, but biomarkers of selenium status were not measured.

4.3. Metabolomics

4.3.1. Vitamin A. Most participants (>90%) were able to reach the EAR for vitamin A without supplementation from medical foods, although status of our participants is unclear. Two studies have come to conflicting conclusions regarding vitamin A status in PKU based on reported dietary intake and utilization of different biomarkers for vitamin A [43, 44]. Colome et al. reported good vitamin A status based on plasma retinol; however, retinol is homeostatically controlled and is only reduced in cases of severe deficiency [12, 43]. Schulpis et al. reported concerns of hypervitaminosis A based on high plasma [beta]-carotene concentrations in 46 children with PKU, who consumed relatively large amounts of carotenoid-rich low-Phe fruits and vegetables compared to age-matched controls [44]. Given the high consumption of carotenoidrich fruits and vegetables in PKU and the potential for hypervitaminosis A with excess provitamin A intake, high plasma concentrations of retinal and [beta]-carotene may be particularly relevant to assessment of vitamin A status in PKU [12, 43].

Most AA-MF and GMP-MF are supplemented with preformed vitamin A in the form of retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate, which may increase the potential for excessive vitamin A intake. Hypervitaminosis A can increase risk for osteoporosis, liver dysfunction, and immune function alterations [12]. Though vitamin A intakes observed in our participants were high (median intakes, 6996-8089 IU/d), 64-72% of total vitamin A intake was obtained from natural foods. Because the majority of our participants' vitamin A intake likely came from provitamin A carotenoids ([beta]-carotene, [alpha]-carotene, and [beta]-cryptoxanthin), participants' high vitamin A intake does not exceed the UL, which includes only preformed vitamin A per current Institute of Medicine standards [25]. Though we observed ~1.7-fold higher plasma retinal concentrations in PKU subjects, independent of diet and genotype, compared to controls, no conclusions related to hypervitaminosis A can be made, given the limited understanding of evaluation of vitamin A status in the vitamin A field. Given the known complications of skeletal fragility and inflammation in PKU, serum retinyl esters, a newly recognized biomarker of hypervitaminosis A, should be measured to further investigate the concerns of hypervitaminosis A [12]. Lastly, supplementation of medical foods with provitamin A, rather than preformed vitamin A, may be prudent.

4.3.2. Choline. Choline is an essential nutrient that is important for function of all cells, such as structural integrity and signaling of cell membranes, and stem cell proliferation and apoptosis, which can impact brain structure and function, particularly during development [31]. Choline can be obtained from high-protein dietary sources, such as meat, eggs, beans, and nuts, but can also be made via de novo synthesis from phosphatidylcholine in the liver [31]. Considering that most sources of choline are in high-protein foods, individuals with PKU must rely on de novo synthesis and supplementation of medical foods with choline.

Choline intakes were below the EAR in >40% of participants, though participants obtained 1.55-fold greater intakes of dietary choline with Glytactin GMP-MF compared to AA-MF. It was not surprising to find no differences in plasma choline concentration, given its homeostatic control. However, choline appears to be a nutrient of concern in participants with classical PKU as evidenced by the lower plasma betaine concentrations compared to controls and lower dimethylglycine concentrations compared to variant PKU. Given the challenge of evaluating choline status with plasma biomarkers (choline, betaine, and dimethylglycine) and the underestimated DRI for dietary choline, it is reasonable to suggest that choline is a nutrient of concern in PKU based on the low dietary choline intakes of our participants [31].

4.4. Strengths and Limitations. Strengths of this study include a crossover study design, metabolomic analyses of both plasma and urine samples, and a comprehensive diet analysis that consisted of macronutrients and 25 vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, unlike the nutrition intervention studies with GMP-MF in patients with PKU, an additional strength of this study is that GMP-MF contributed to 95-100% of medical food intake [21, 45]. Limitations of this study include a short dietary treatment with GMP-MF that consisted of 3 weeks and inclusion of 15 different AA-MF to accommodate participant preference.

5. Conclusions

This is the first study to utilize metabolomic analysis of plasma and urine samples and employ a comprehensive diet analysis that estimated 25 vitamins and minerals from medical foods and natural foods to investigate the nutrient status of adults and adolescents with classical and variant PKU consuming AA-MF and Glytactin GMP-MF. Our results are pertinent to early treated adults and adolescents with PKU who are adherent to the low-Phe diet in combination with medical foods. We identified several nutrients of concern related to inadequate intakes (potassium and choline) or excessive intakes (sodium, magnesium, folic acid, and possibly vitamin A). Our data demonstrate that without vitamin and mineral supplementation of medical foods, more than 70% of participants would have inadequate intakes for 11 vitamins and minerals (biotin, choline, pantothenate, vitamins D and E, potassium, calcium, iodine, magnesium, selenium, and zinc). Thus, nutrient status in PKU relies on compliance with medical foods supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Regardless, there are ongoing challenges related to nutrient deficiency and toxicity in PKU due to the minimal intake of natural foods that contain protein in the low-Phe diet, the bioavailability of chemically derived micronutrients, and the diverse micronutrient supplementation profiles of medical foods. More research is necessary to determine optimal supplementation needs of chemically derived micronutrients for individuals with PKU across the lifespan.
Abbreviations

AA:         Amino acid
AA-MF:      Amino acid medical foods
AI:         Adequate intake
AMDR:       Acceptable macronutrient distribution ranges
BMD:        Bone mineral density
BMI:        Body mass index
DGA:        Dietary Guidelines for Americans
DHA:        Docosahexaenoic acid
DRI:        Dietary Reference Intake
EAR:        Estimated average requirements
EPA:        Eicosapentaenoic acid
GMP-MF:     Glycomacropeptide medical foods
MF:         Medical foods
MLPF:       Modified low-protein food
MMA:        Methylmalonic acid
PAH:        Phenylalanine hydroxylase
PE:         Protein equivalent
RD:         Registered dietitian
UL:         Tolerable upper intake level.


https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6859820

Ethical Approval

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences review board approved the study protocol.

Consent

All subjects provided written informed consent.

Disclosure

Cambrooke Therapeutics, Inc., donated the GMP medical foods used in this study but was not involved in the design or conduct of the study or in the collection, analysis, or interpretation of the data.

Conflicts of Interest

Denise M. Ney is a coinventor on U.S. Patent 8,604,168 B2, "Glycomacropeptide Medical Foods for Nutritional Management of Phenylketonuria and Other Metabolic Disorders," which is held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and licensed to Cambrooke Therapeutics, LLC. Denise M. Ney is a consultant to Arla Foods Ingredients and Agropur. Fran Rohr has received consulting fees from Cambrooke Therapeutics.

Authors' Contributions

Bridget M. Stroup participated in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and manuscript preparation. Denise M. Ney participated in study design, data interpretation, and manuscript preparation. Sangita G. Murali participated in data collection and analysis. Fran Rohr and Sally T. Gleason participated in data collection and interpretation. Sandy C. van Calcar and Harvey L. Levy participated in study design and data interpretation. All authors read the final version of the manuscript.

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Nivi Nair for her contributions to the data collection of this study and Dr. Katarzyna Broniowska from Metabolon, Inc., for assistance in interpretation of metabolomic analyses. This work was supported by the Department of Health and Human Services grant R01 FD003711 from the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development to Ney, P30-HD-03352, and by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, through the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) grant UL1TR000427. Cambrooke Therapeutics, Inc., and Arla Foods Ingredients donated funds for the metabolomic analyses.

Supplementary Materials

Supplemental Table 1: Plasma metabolomics in subjects with PKU consuming AA-MF or GMP-MF compared to controls. Supplemental Table 2: Plasma metabolomics in subjects with classical versus variant PKU consuming AA-MF and GMPMF compared to controls. Supplemental Table 3: Urine metabolomics in subjects with classical and variant PKU consuming AA-MF and GMP-MF. Supplemental Table 4: Laboratory Measures. (Supplementary Materials)

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Bridget M. Stroup, (1) Denise M. Ney, (1) Sangita G. Murali, (1) Frances Rohr, (2) Sally T. Gleason, (1) Sandra C. van Calcar, (3) and Harvey L. Levy (2)

(1) Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA

(2) Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

(3) Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Denise M. Ney; ney@nutrisci.wisc.edu

Received 7 July 2017; Accepted 23 October 2017; Published 31 December 2017

Academic Editor: Ellen Crushell

Caption: FIGURE 1: Experimental design. AA-MF, amino acid medical foods; GMP-MF, glycomacropeptide medical foods.

Caption: FIGURE 3: Urine metabolomics of sulfur-containing amino acid (Met and Cys) metabolism, n = 9. Values are means [+ or -] SE. Participants with PKU consumed significantly more Met and Cys from medical foods with AA-MF compared to GMP-MF, n = 8 (means [+ or -] SE; Met, g/d: AA-MF, 1.3 [+ or -] 0.2, versus GMP-MF, 0.9 [+ or -] 0.1, p = 0.047; Cys, g/d: AA-MF, 2.5 [+ or -] 0.3, versus GMP-MF, 0.3 [+ or -] 0.007, p < 0.0001). Participants had higher urinary excretion of taurine and taurine-related metabolites (hypotaurine, cysteine sulfonate, cysteine, and cystathionine), possibly related to higher intakes of sulfur-containing amino acids and increased need to excrete sulfur. AA-MF, amino acid medical foods; GMP-MF, glycomacropeptide medical foods.
Table 1: Participant characteristics (1).

                                Adult males          Adult females

Age, y                         28 [+ or -] 9        30 [+ or -] 7
                                  (18-44)               (23-49)
BMI, kg/[m.sup.2]            25.2 [+ or -] 3.6     26.9 [+ or -] 5.3
BMI percentile                      --                    --

Plasma Phe, [micro]mol/L     770 [+ or -] 217      658 [+ or -] 337
                                (367-1086)            (201-1360)
Classical PKU, n                     8                    10
Variant PKU, n                       2                     5
Kuvan[TM] user, n                    1                     2

                                                            P
                                Minors (2)
                                                  Adult and    Adults
                                                   minors       only

Age, y                         16 [+ or -] 1        0.003       0.64
                                  (15-17)
BMI, kg/[m.sup.2]            23.2 [+ or -] 2.4      0.29        0.34
BMI percentile              69.6 [+ or -] 23.7       --          --
                                  (30-93)
Plasma Phe, [micro]mol/L     706 [+ or -] 540       0.63        0.52
                                (224-1418)
Classical PKU, n                     2               --          --
Variant PKU, n                       3               --          --
Kuvan[TM] user, n                    2               --          --

(1) Data represent participant characteristic data collected at
baseline (visit 1) for our clinical trial, n = 30 [8]. Values are
means [+ or -] SD, and values in parenthesis represent the minimum and
maximum. Subanalyses were done to compare adult male and female
participants; (2) of the five participants who were minors (<18y), two
were male and three were female; BMI, body mass index; PKU,
phenylketonuria.

Table 2: Daily macronutrient intake profiles in combination with
AA-MF and GMP-MF (1).

                                 Median and percentile nutrient
                                             intakes

                                            AA-MF

                                  10th      Median      90th

kcal                              1471       2076       2711
  kcal/kg                          23         29         43
  kcal from MF                    162        393        913
  kcal from NF                    969        1597       2247
g protein                          61         76        107
  g protein/kg                    0.85       1.10       1.50
  g PE from MF                     33         59         75
  g PE from MF/kg                 0.47       0.78       1.10
  % PE from MF                    34%        77%        84%
  g protein from NF                12         20         46
mg Phe                            487        924        1973
  mg Phe from MF                   0          0          0

  mg Phe from NF                  487        924        1973
g carbohydrate                    203        294        406
  g carbohydrate from MF           1          36        125

  g carbohydrate from NF          150        237        363
g sugar/d                          67        122        243
  g sugar from MF                  0          36        102

  % energy from MF from sugar      0%        34%        51%
  g sugar from NF                  19         89        170
g fiber                            10         17         39
  g fiber from MF                  0          0          17
  g fiber from NF                  10         15         24
g fat                              37         64         92
  g fat from MF                    0          1          20
  g fat from NF                    31         58         82
g saturated fat                    8          15         26
  g saturated fat from MF          0          0          1
  g saturated fat from NF          8          15         25
g trans fat (2)                   0.1        0.4        1.3
mg cholesterol (2)                 9          30        118

                                 Median and percentile nutrient
                                             intakes

                                            GMP-MF

                                  10th      Median      90th

kcal                              1523       2148       3152
  kcal/kg                          21         30         46
  kcal from MF                    340        694        1007
  kcal from NF                    905        1532       2467
g protein                          56         81        109
  g protein/kg                    0.80       1.10       1.70
  g PE from MF                     30         53         73
  g PE from MF/kg                 0.45       0.76       1.03
  % PE from MF                    40%        71%        86%
  g protein from NF                11         22         58
mg Phe                            544        1014       2592
  mg Phe from MF                   50         85        137

  mg Phe from NF                  419        929        2524
g carbohydrate                    195        347        473
  g carbohydrate from MF           42         91        166

  g carbohydrate from NF          127        240        369
g sugar/d                          78        129        227
  g sugar from MF                  22         53        109

  % energy from MF from sugar     20%        30%        55%
  g sugar from NF                  35         69        153
g fiber                            9          18         28
  g fiber from MF                  0          2          4
  g fiber from NF                  9          16         28
g fat                              35         65        102
  g fat from MF                    0          15         26
  g fat from NF                    23         53         93
g saturated fat                    10         21         31
  g saturated fat from MF          0          4          11
  g saturated fat from NF          5          13         28
g trans fat (2)                   0.03       0.4        1.8
mg cholesterol (2)                 4          40        136

                                     P

kcal                               0.33
  kcal/kg                          0.33
  kcal from MF                     0.002
  kcal from NF                     0.53
g protein                          0.81
  g protein/kg                     1.00
  g PE from MF                     0.98
  g PE from MF/kg                  0.94
  % PE from MF                     0.58
  g protein from NF                0.88
mg Phe                             0.25
  mg Phe from MF                  0.0001
                                ([dagger])
  mg Phe from NF                   0.97
g carbohydrate                     0.10
  g carbohydrate from MF          0.0001
                                ([dagger])
  g carbohydrate from NF           0.52
g sugar/d                          0.69
  g sugar from MF                   0.1
                                ([dagger])
  % energy from MF from sugar      0.18
  g sugar from NF                  0.94
g fiber                            0.93
  g fiber from MF                  0.67
  g fiber from NF                  0.64
g fat                              0.62
  g fat from MF                   0.0004
  g fat from NF                    0.63
g saturated fat                    0.046
  g saturated fat from MF          0.005
  g saturated fat from NF          0.85
g trans fat (2)                    0.66
mg cholesterol (2)                 0.76

(1) Nutrient intakes were based on 3-day food records (n = 30).
Statistical analysis included ANOVA with effects for treatment,
genotype, and treatment-genotype interaction. The p values in this
table represent the treatment comparison; (2) AA-MF and GMP-MF did not
contain trans fat nor cholesterol; ([dagger]) Kruskal-Wallis test was
used when data were skewed; AA-MF, amino acid medical food; GMP-MF,
glycomacropeptide medical food; MF, medical food; NF, natural food;
PE, protein equivalent.

Table 3: Modified low-protein daily food intake profiles in
combination with AA-MF and GMP-MF (1).

                      Median and percentile
                        nutrient intakes

                            AA-MF

                   10th     Median     90th

Energy, kcal/d      73        211       463
Protein, g/d        0.1       0.6       1.3
Phe, mg/d            3        13        60
Carbohydrate,       17        51        103
g/d
Fiber, g/d           0        0.3        5
Fat, g/d             0         1         5

Saturated fat,       0        0.2        2
g/d

                      Median and percentile
                        nutrient intakes

                            GMP-MF                      P

                   10th     Median     90th

Energy, kcal/d      85        257       690            0.31
Protein, g/d        0.2       0.4       1.6            0.71
Phe, mg/d            3        20        93             0.32
Carbohydrate,       14        62        125            0.49
g/d                                             ([double dagger])
Fiber, g/d           0         1         6             0.13
Fat, g/d            0.5        3        18             0.13
                                                ([double dagger])
Saturated fat,       0        0.5        4             0.25
g/d                                             ([double dagger])

(1) Nutrient intakes from MLPF were based on 3-day food records (n =
13; classical PKU, n = 10; variant PKU, n = 3). Participants that did
not consume MLPF at the end of both treatments were removed from the
analysis. MLPF were defined as foods modified to be low in protein and
specifically made for individuals with disorders that have dietary
protein restrictions. Statistical analysis included ANOVA with
effects for treatment, genotype, and treatment-genotype interaction.
The p values in this table represent the treatment comparison. There
were no significant differences due to ge-notype or the treatment-
genotype interaction (data not shown); ([double dagger]) Kruskal-
Wallis test was used when data were skewed; MLPF, modified low-
protein foods.

Table 4: Treatment comparison of vitamin and additive nutrient intake
distributions in comparison with reference intake cutoffs with AA-MF
and GMP-MF (1).

                                               AA-MF

Vitamins                              Percentile nutrient intakes

                            n
                                   10th       Median       90th
Fat-soluble vitamins
Vitamin A, IU              30      3454        6996       17,572
  Vitamin A from MF        30        0         2642        4037
  Vitamin A from MF (3)    21      1543        2840        4063
  Vitamin A from NF (4)    30      1656        5061       14,604
Vitamin D, IU              30       148         562        1941
  Vitamin D from MF        30        0          396         960
  Vitamin D from MF        24       234         599         960
  Vitamin D from NF        30        2          27          644
Vitamin E, IU              30       13          29          55
  Vitamin E from MF        30        0          18          28
  Vitamin E from MF        21       13          18          27
  Vitamin E from NF        30        6          10          38
Vitamin K, fig             30       119         160         412
  Vitamin K from MF        30        0          75          112
  Vitamin K from MF        21       55          75          109
  Vitamin K from NF        30       29          103         311

Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin C, [micro]g        30       78          161         276
  Vitamin C from MF        30        0          61          130
  Vitamin C from MF        21       42          62          133
  Vitamin C from NF        30       19          94          212
Thiamin, mg                30       1.2         2.5         6.5
  Thiamin from MF          30        0          1.3         3.9
  Thiamin from MF          21       0.6         1.3         3.7
  Thiamin from NF          30       0.5         1.0         3.0
Riboflavin, mg             30       1.0         2.6         4.0
  Riboflavin from MF       30        0          1.5         2.8
  Riboflavin from MF       25       0.7         1.5         2.9
  Riboflavin from NF       30       0.5         1.0         2.1
Niacin, mg                 30       16          31          65
  Niacin from MF           30        0          16          55
  Niacin from MF           25        5          21          57
  Niacin from NF           30        7          13          26
Vitamin B-6, mg            30       1.9         3.1         5.7
  Vitamin B-6 from MF      30        0          1.7         2.8
  Vitamin B-6 from MF      25        1          1.7         2.9
  Vitamin B-6 from NF      30       0.7         1.5         2.8
Folate DFE, fig            30       504        1159        1902
  Folate DFE from MF       30        0          743        1507
  Folate DFE from MF       24       382         851        1512
  Folate DFE from NF       30       160         347         847
Vitamin B-12, mg           30       2.3         6.5        11.8
  Vitamin B-12 from MF     30        0          5.1         6.8
  Vitamin B-12 from MF     25       2.2         5.4         7.0
  Vitamin B-12 from NF     30       0.1         1.5         8.1
Choline, mg                30       74          311         674
  Choline from MF          30        0          277         628
  Choline from MF          21       111         414         588
  Choline from NF          30       25          65          109
Pantothenate, mg           30        4           9          15
  Pantothenate from MF     30        0           5          13
  Pantothenate from MF     25        3           5          13
  Pantothenate from NF     30        1           3           7
Biotin, mg                 30       18          67          242
  Biotin from MF           30        0          42          160
  Biotin from MF           25       20          97          160
  Biotin from NF           30        2           6          126
Other
Carnitine from MF, g       30      0.030       0.057       0.100
Taurine from MF, g         30      0.065       0.130       0.300
Inositol from MF, g        30        0         0.080       0.135

                                    AA-MF

Vitamins                   Inadequate and
                           excessive intakes (2)

                           <EAR or AI      >UE
Fat-soluble vitamins
Vitamin A, IU                  0%           --
  Vitamin A from MF            --           0%
  Vitamin A from MF (3)        --           --
  Vitamin A from NF (4)        7%           --
Vitamin D, IU                 33%           3%
  Vitamin D from MF            --           --
  Vitamin D from MF            --           --
  Vitamin D from NF           90%           --
Vitamin E, IU                 13%           --
  Vitamin E from MF            --           0%
  Vitamin E from MF            --           --
  Vitamin E from NF           80%           --
Vitamin K, fig                 3%          ND5
  Vitamin K from MF            --           --
  Vitamin K from MF            --           --
  Vitamin K from NF           47%           --

Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin C, [micro]g            3%           0%
  Vitamin C from MF            --           --
  Vitamin C from MF            --           --
  Vitamin C from NF           37%           --
Thiamin, mg                    3%           ND
  Thiamin from MF              --           --
  Thiamin from MF              --           --
  Thiamin from NF             33%           --
Riboflavin, mg                10%           ND
  Riboflavin from MF           --           --
  Riboflavin from MF           --           --
  Riboflavin from NF          47%           --
Niacin, mg                     3%           --
  Niacin from MF               --          20%
  Niacin from MF               --           --
  Niacin from NF              37%           --
Vitamin B-6, mg                3%           0%
  Vitamin B-6 from MF          --           --
  Vitamin B-6 from MF          --           --
  Vitamin B-6 from NF         27%           --
Folate DFE, fig                3%           --
  Folate DFE from MF           --          37%
  Folate DFE from MF           --           --
  Folate DFE from NF          40%           --
Vitamin B-12, mg              10%           ND
  Vitamin B-12 from MF         --           --
  Vitamin B-12 from MF         --           --
  Vitamin B-12 from NF        53%           --
Choline, mg                   63%           0%
  Choline from MF              --           --
  Choline from MF              --           --
  Choline from NF             100%          --
Pantothenate, mg              17%           ND
  Pantothenate from MF         --           --
  Pantothenate from MF         --           --
  Pantothenate from NF        83%           --
Biotin, mg                    23%           ND
  Biotin from MF               --           --
  Biotin from MF               --           --
  Biotin from NF              83%           --
Other
Carnitine from MF, g           --           --
Taurine from MF, g             --           --
Inositol from MF, g            --           --

                                        GMP-MF

Vitamins                       Percentile nutrient intakes

                             10th       Median       90th
Fat-soluble vitamins
Vitamin A, IU                2479        8089       16,320
  Vitamin A from MF            0         2246        4008
  Vitamin A from MF (3)      1348        2295        4043
  Vitamin A from NF (4)       983        5232       13,795
Vitamin D, IU                 36          511        1243
  Vitamin D from MF            0          485         868
  Vitamin D from MF            0          500         929
  Vitamin D from NF            3          30          159
Vitamin E, IU                  7          25          37
  Vitamin E from MF            0          15          23
  Vitamin E from MF            8          15          25
  Vitamin E from NF            4          10          20
Vitamin K, fig                59          190         393
  Vitamin K from MF            0          74          131
  Vitamin K from MF           42          75          134
  Vitamin K from NF           20          102         308

Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin C, [micro]g           45          164         296
  Vitamin C from MF            0          74          129
  Vitamin C from MF           44          81          131
  Vitamin C from NF           27          72          197
Thiamin, mg                   0.9         2.0         2.7
  Thiamin from MF              0          1.0         1.7
  Thiamin from MF             0.6         1.0         1.8
  Thiamin from NF             0.4         0.9         1.7
Riboflavin, mg                1.8         2.9         4.7
  Riboflavin from MF          1.1         1.8         2.9
  Riboflavin from MF          1.0         1.7         2.8
  Riboflavin from NF          0.4         0.8         1.9
Niacin, mg                    16          32          42
  Niacin from MF               7          18          26
  Niacin from MF               7          18          27
  Niacin from NF               6          12          25
Vitamin B-6, mg               1.8         3.1         5.7
  Vitamin B-6 from MF         1.1         1.8         2.9
  Vitamin B-6 from MF         1.1         1.8         2.9
  Vitamin B-6 from NF         0.5         1.2         4.3
Folate DFE, fig               593        1193        1461
  Folate DFE from MF          192         733        1126
  Folate DFE from MF          457         800        1141
  Folate DFE from NF          116         364         790
Vitamin B-12, mg              4.1         7.1        13.9
  Vitamin B-12 from MF        2.4         4.8         9.4
  Vitamin B-12 from MF        2.4         4.5        10.8
  Vitamin B-12 from NF        0.2         1.1         8.7
Choline, mg                   71          512         868
  Choline from MF              0          430         780
  Choline from MF             253         501         806
  Choline from NF             36          63          172
Pantothenate, mg               6          10          16
  Pantothenate from MF         4           7          11
  Pantothenate from MF         4           7          12
  Pantothenate from NF         1           2           4
Biotin, mg                    27          104         428
  Biotin from MF              23          67          359
  Biotin from MF              22          54          403
  Biotin from NF               1           4          13
Other
Carnitine from MF, g        <0.001      <0.001      <0.001
Taurine from MF, g           0.085       0.160       0.258
Inositol from MF, g            0         0.005       0.048

                                     GMP-MF

Vitamins                       Inadequate and               P
                              excessive intakes

                           <EAR or AI      >UE
Fat-soluble vitamins
Vitamin A, IU                  3%          --       0.39
  Vitamin A from MF            --          0%       0.15
  Vitamin A from MF (3)        --          --       0.60
  Vitamin A from NF (4)       10%          --       0.99
Vitamin D, IU                 33%          3%       0.58 ([dagger])
  Vitamin D from MF            --          --       0.99 ([dagger])
  Vitamin D from MF            --          --       0.50 ([dagger])
  Vitamin D from NF           93%          --       1.00
Vitamin E, IU                 23%          --       0.002
  Vitamin E from MF            --          0%       0.14 ([dagger])
  Vitamin E from MF            --          --       0.01
  Vitamin E from NF           87%          --       0.16 ([dagger])
Vitamin K, fig                23%          ND       0.27
  Vitamin K from MF            --          --       0.91 ([dagger])
  Vitamin K from MF            --          --       0.75
  Vitamin K from NF           53%          --       0.39

Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin C, [micro]g           13%          0%       0.86
  Vitamin C from MF            --          --       0.46 ([dagger])
  Vitamin C from MF            --          --       0.19
  Vitamin C from NF           43%          --       0.62
Thiamin, mg                   13%          ND       0.03 ([dagger])
  Thiamin from MF              --          --       0.01
  Thiamin from MF              --          --       0.02
  Thiamin from NF             63%          --       0.15 ([dagger])
Riboflavin, mg                 0%          ND       0.33 ([dagger])
  Riboflavin from MF           --          --       0.12
  Riboflavin from MF           --          --       0.41
  Riboflavin from NF          63%          --       0.31 ([dagger])
Niacin, mg                     3%          --       0.87 ([dagger])
  Niacin from MF               --          0%       0.52 ([dagger])
  Niacin from MF               --          --       0.68 ([dagger])
  Niacin from NF              43%          --       0.19
Vitamin B-6, mg                0%          0%       0.65 ([dagger])
  Vitamin B-6 from MF          --          --       0.28
  Vitamin B-6 from MF          --          --       0.62
  Vitamin B-6 from NF         37%          --       0.34 ([dagger])
Folate DFE, fig                3%          --       0.58 ([dagger])
  Folate DFE from MF           --          27%      0.80 ([dagger])
  Folate DFE from MF           --          --       0.06
  Folate DFE from NF          43%          --       0.35
Vitamin B-12, mg               0%          ND       0.23 ([dagger])
  Vitamin B-12 from MF         --          --       0.14
  Vitamin B-12 from MF         --          --       0.71
  Vitamin B-12 from NF        63%          --       0.71 ([dagger])
Choline, mg                   40%          0%       0.02
  Choline from MF              --          --       0.03
  Choline from MF              --          --       0.003
  Choline from NF             100%         --       0.15
Pantothenate, mg               7%          ND       0.47 ([dagger])
  Pantothenate from MF         --          --       0.21
  Pantothenate from MF         --          --       0.96
  Pantothenate from NF        93%          --       0.38 ([dagger])
Biotin, mg                    13%          ND       0.14
  Biotin from MF               --          --       0.06
  Biotin from MF               --          --       0.69
  Biotin from NF              93%          --       0.32 ([dagger])
Other
Carnitine from MF, g           --          --       <0.0001 ([dagger])
Taurine from MF, g             --          --       0.27
Inositol from MF, g            --          --       <0.0001 ([dagger])

(1) Nutrient intakes were based on 3-day food records (n = 30);
statistical analysis included ANOVA with effects for treatment,
genotype (classical or variant PKU), and treatment-genotype
interaction. The p values in this table represent the treatment
comparison; (2) inadequate and excessive intakes are expressed as a
percentage of 30 subjects. United States' Dietary Reference Intake
(DRI) cutoffs, based on the AMDR, EAR, AI, and UL, were compared to
nutrient intakes per the sex and age of each individual subject [25,
26]. The United States Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020
reference cutoffs were used to evaluate dietary saturated fat and
sugar intake of subjects [24]; (3) subanalyses for micronutrient
intakes from medical foods were conducted due to the high rates of use
of AA-MF that lacked micronutrient supplementation. These subanalyses
aimed to compare micronutrient intakes from medical foods that were
supplemented with micronutrients. Due to the diverse micronutrient
supplementation profiles of medical foods, sample sizes for each
micronutrient vary; (4) natural foods were defined as all foods and
beverages that were not medical foods intended for the treatment of
PKU; (5) per the DRI, a UL for select nutrients has not been
determined due to a lack of scientific evidence; ([dagger]) Kruskal-
Wallis test was used when data were skewed; AMDR, acceptable
macronutrient distribution range; AI, adequate intake; AA-MF, amino
acid medical food; DFE, dietary folate equivalents; DGA, Dietary
Guidelines for Americans; EAR, estimated average requirement; GMP-MF,
glycomacropeptide medical food; MF, medical food; ND, not determined;
NF, natural food; PKU, phenylketonuria; UL, upper tolerable intake
levels.

Table 5: Treatment comparison of mineral intake distributions in
comparison with reference intake cutoffs with AA-MF and GMP-MF (1).

                                             AA-MF

Minerals                             Percentile nutrient intakes

                          n
                                 10th       Median       90th

Calcium, mg              30       839        1468        2402
  Calcium from MF        30       106        1103        2077
  Calcium from MF (3)    27       552        1151        2129
  Calcium from NF (4)    30       183         313         784
Copper, [micro]g         30       1.2         1.9         4.2
  Copper from MF         30        0          1.2         3.0
  Copper from MF         21       0.6         1.2         2.8
  Copper from NF         30       0.5         0.9         3.4
Iodine, [micro]g         30       13          140         235
  Iodine from MF         30        0          132         223
  Iodine from MF         21       77          137         223
  Iodine from NF         30        2           9          42
Iron, mg                 30       14          25          43
  Iron from MF           30        0          15          31
  Iron from MF           21       10          16          31
  Iron from NF           30        5           8          22
Magnesium, mg            30       281         501         746
  Magnesium from MF      30       32          320         570
  Magnesium from MF      27       126         321         570
  Magnesium from NF      30       110         171         320
Manganese, mg            30       1.9         3.9         7.1
  Manganese from MF      30        0          1.6         3.4
  Manganese from MF      21       0.9         1.7         3.4
  Manganese from NF      30       1.1         2.2         6.3
Phosphorus, mg           30       952        1616        2431
  Phosphorus from MF     30       81          972        2036
  Phosphorus from MF     27       531        1032        2047
  Phosphorus from NF     30       329         526        1007
Potassium, mg            30      1809        2810        4179
  Potassium from MF      30        0          600        2558
  Potassium from MF      25       60          880        2673
  Potassium from NF      30       938        1910        3011
Selenium, fig            30       54          93          133
  Selenium from MF       30        9          58          89
  Selenium from MF       23       26          59          89
  Selenium from NF       30       12          29          88
Sodium, mg               30      1816        2637        3879
  Sodium from MF         30        0          413        1175
  Sodium from MF         25       17          583        1198
  Sodium from NF         30      1363        2206        3138
Zinc, mg                 30        5          16          41
  Zinc from MF           30        0          12          30
  Zinc from MF           21        6          12          28
  Zinc from NF           30        3           4          17

Minerals                     Inadequate and
                           excessive intakes (2)

                         <EAR or AI      >UL

Calcium, mg                 10%           0%
  Calcium from MF            --           --
  Calcium from MF (3)        --           --
  Calcium from NF (4)       93%           --
Copper, [micro]g             3%           7%
  Copper from MF             --           --
  Copper from MF             --           --
  Copper from NF            33%           --
Iodine, [micro]g            23%           0%
  Iodine from MF             --           --
  Iodine from MF             --           --
  Iodine from NF            93%           --
Iron, mg                     0%           3%
  Iron from MF               --           --
  Iron from MF               --           --
  Iron from NF              37%           --
Magnesium, mg               13%           --
  Magnesium from MF          --          37%
  Magnesium from MF          --           --
  Magnesium from NF         90%           --
Manganese, mg               10%           0%
  Manganese from MF          --           --
  Manganese from MF          --           --
  Manganese from NF         40%           --
Phosphorus, mg               7%           0%
  Phosphorus from MF         --           --
  Phosphorus from MF         --           --
  Phosphorus from NF        73%           --
Potassium, mg               93%          ND5
  Potassium from MF          --           --
  Potassium from MF          --           --
  Potassium from NF         97%           --
Selenium, fig                7%           0%
  Selenium from MF           --           --
  Selenium from MF           --           --
  Selenium from NF          83%           --
Sodium, mg                   7%          63%
  Sodium from MF             --           --
  Sodium from MF             --           --
  Sodium from NF            17%           --
Zinc, mg                    13%          13%
  Zinc from MF               --           --
  Zinc from MF               --           --
  Zinc from NF              77%           --

                                      GMP-MF

Minerals                     Percentile nutrient intakes

                           10th       Median       90th

Calcium, mg                 586        1529        2453
  Calcium from MF           63         1153        2225
  Calcium from MF (3)       60         1255        2391
  Calcium from NF (4)       156         401         726
Copper, [micro]g            0.6         1.5         2.7
  Copper from MF             0          0.6         1.1
  Copper from MF            0.4         0.7         1.1
  Copper from NF            0.4         0.8         1.9
Iodine, [micro]g            12          153         262
  Iodine from MF             0          141         239
  Iodine from MF            78          149         241
  Iodine from NF             0           8          48
Iron, mg                     9          23          31
  Iron from MF               0          14          23
  Iron from MF               8          14          23
  Iron from NF               4           8          17
Magnesium, mg               196         514         782
  Magnesium from MF         41          353         578
  Magnesium from MF         38          354         600
  Magnesium from NF         77          165         292
Manganese, mg               1.8         3.8         5.3
  Manganese from MF          0          1.6         3.0
  Manganese from MF         0.6         1.9         3.1
  Manganese from NF         0.9         1.9         3.7
Phosphorus, mg              774        1536        2204
  Phosphorus from MF        253         965        1708
  Phosphorus from MF        240         984        1800
  Phosphorus from NF        259         538        1064
Potassium, mg              2014        3350        4540
  Potassium from MF         718        1146        1781
  Potassium from MF         680        1120        1815
  Potassium from NF        1077        1867        3204
Selenium, fig               25          88          142
  Selenium from MF           0          55          89
  Selenium from MF          29          60          93
  Selenium from NF           8          27          103
Sodium, mg                 2052        3261        4645
  Sodium from MF            580        1140        2040
  Sodium from MF            480        1123        2280
  Sodium from NF           1007        2041        3383
Zinc, mg                     5          13          31
  Zinc from MF               0           9          17
  Zinc from MF               6          10          17
  Zinc from NF               2           4          19

                                   GMP-MF

Minerals                      Inadequate and                P
                             excessive intakes

                         <EAR or AI      >UL

Calcium, mg                 20%           7%       1.00 ([dagger])
  Calcium from MF            --           --       0.99
  Calcium from MF (3)        --           --       0.62 ([dagger])
  Calcium from NF (4)       90%           --       0.80 ([dagger])
Copper, [micro]g            13%           0%       0.0006 ([dagger])
  Copper from MF             --           --       0.005
  Copper from MF             --           --       0.0001
  Copper from NF            40%           --       0.27 ([dagger])
Iodine, [micro]g            33%           0%       0.66 ([dagger])
  Iodine from MF             --           --       0.48 ([dagger])
  Iodine from MF             --           --       0.32
  Iodine from NF            97%           --       0.26
Iron, mg                     3%           0%       0.02
  Iron from MF               --           --       0.14 ([dagger])
  Iron from MF               --           --       0.02
  Iron from NF              33%           --       0.15
Magnesium, mg               23%           --       0.78 ([dagger])
  Magnesium from MF          --          53%       0.77 ([dagger])
  Magnesium from MF          --           --       0.80 ([dagger])
  Magnesium from NF         87%           --       0.41
Manganese, mg               13%           3%       0.26
  Manganese from MF          --           --       0.84 ([dagger])
  Manganese from MF          --           --       0.41 ([dagger])
  Manganese from NF         50%           --       0.10
Phosphorus, mg              10%           0%       0.60
  Phosphorus from MF         --           --       0.71 ([dagger])
  Phosphorus from MF         --           --       0.26
  Phosphorus from NF        67%           --       0.80
Potassium, mg               93%           ND       0.15
  Potassium from MF          --           --       0.08 ([dagger])
  Potassium from MF          --           --       0.46 ([dagger])
  Potassium from NF         100%          --       1.00 ([dagger])
Selenium, fig               17%           0%       0.50 ([dagger])
  Selenium from MF           --           --       0.34 ([dagger])
  Selenium from MF           --           --       0.31
  Selenium from NF          73%           --       0.95
Sodium, mg                   7%          83%       0.048
  Sodium from MF             --           --       <0.0001 ([dagger])
  Sodium from MF             --           --       0.0003
  Sodium from NF            23%           --       0.69
Zinc, mg                    20%          10%       0.12
  Zinc from MF               --           --       0.05
  Zinc from MF               --           --       0.14 ([dagger])
  Zinc from NF              83%           --       0.64 ([dagger])

(1) Nutrient intakes were based on 3-day food records (n = 30);
statistical analysis included ANOVA with effects for treatment,
genotype (classical or variant PKU), and treatment-genotype
interaction. The p values in this table represent the treatment
comparison; (2) United States' Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) cutoffs,
based on the AMDR, EAR, AI, and UL, were compared to nutrient intakes
per the sex and age of each individual subject [25,26]; (3) sub-
analyses for micronutrient intakes from medical foods were conducted
due to the high rates of use of AA-MF that lacked micronutrient
mineral supplementation. These subanalyses aimed to compare
micronutrient intakes from medical foods that were supplemented with
micronutrients. Due to the diverse micronutrient supplementation
profiles of medical foods, sample sizes for each micronutrient vary;
(4) natural foods were defined as all foods and beverages that were
not medical foods intended for the treatment of PKU; (5) per the DRI,
a UL for select nutrients has not been determined due to a lack of
scientific evidence; ([dagger]) Kruskal-Wallis test was used when data
were skewed; AMDR, acceptable macronutrient distribution range; AI,
adequate intake; AA-MF, amino acid medical food; DFE, dietary folate
equivalents; DGA, Dietary Guidelines for Americans; EAR, estimated
average requirement; GMP-MF, glycomacropeptide medical food; MF,
medical food; ND, not determined; NF, natural food; PKU,
phenylketonuria; UL, upper tolerable intake levels.

Table 6: Main study conclusions.

(1)     Similar total dietary intakes of most micronutrients when
        participants consumed AA-MF or Glytactin GMP-MF and
        no differences in intakes of micronutrients from natural
        foods were observed. Thus, differences in micronutrient
        intakes were driven by the diverse micronutrient
        supplementation profiles of the medical foods.

(2)     Participants obtained adequate intakes ([greater than or equal
        to] EAR) of most micronutrients. However, inadequate intakes
        (i.e., <EAR) of potassium for 93% of participants and choline
        for >40% of participants were observed.

(3)     Participants had excessive intakes (>UL) of chemically
        derived folic acid and magnesium from medical foods, and
        >63% of participants had excessive intakes of sodium driven
        by natural (likely processed) food intake. Average sugar
        intake as a percentage of energy was 27% and was excessive
        (>DGA) for 97% of participants.

(4)     Without micronutrient supplementation of medical foods,
        >70% of participants would have inadequate intakes (<EAR)
        for 11 micronutrients (biotin, choline, pantothenate,
        vitamins D and E, potassium, calcium, iodine, magnesium,
        selenium, and zinc). Greater than 90% of participants would
        obtain adequate intake ([greater than or equal to] EAR) of
        vitamin A from natural foods alone due to high intakes of
        provitamin A carotenoids from green leafy vegetables,
        squashes, carrots, and tomatoes.

(5)     Of 30 participants, only 13 consumed MLPF with both AA-
        MF and GMP-MF treatments. MPLF comprised
        approximately 10% of median calories.

(6)     Increased urinary excretion of sulfate, taurine, and taurine-
        related metabolites with AA-MF may be related to increased
        need to excrete sulfur with higher dietary intake of sulfur-
        containing amino acids, Met and Cys, from AA-MF
        compared with Glytactin GMP-MF.

Figure 2: Caloric contribution from carbohydrate, sugar, protein, fat,
and saturated fat was calculated for the low-Phe diet in combination
with AA-MF as a percentage of total energy intake (a). Macronutrient
distribution was similar for GMP-MF (data not shown). Caloric con-
tribution from macronutrients was compared to the age-appropriate
AMDR (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) or the DGA (sugar and sat-
urated fat) (b) for each participant to determine the percentage of
subjects that were below or above the AMDR or DGA (c). Percentage of
participants with inadequate and excessive macronutrient distributions
were similar for GMP-MF (data not shown). AA-MF, amino acid
medical food; AMDR, acceptable macronutrient distribution ranges;
DGA, Dietary Guidelines for Americans; GMP-MF, glycomacropep-
tide medical foods; Sat. fat, saturated fat.

(a)

Other carbohydrate     30%
Total protein          15%
Sat. fat                7%
Other fat              21%
Sugar                  27%

AMDR or DGA recommendation ranges as a
percentage of total energy

                                       Adults     Minors, 4-18 y

Total protein                          10-35%         10-30%
Total carbohydrate                     45-65%         45-65%
Sugar                                   <10%           <10%
Total fat                              20-35%         25-35%
Saturated fat                           <10%           <10%

(b)

Inadequate and excessive intakes
as a percentage of subjects

                                      <AMDR or       >AMDR or
                                         DGA            DGA

Total protein                            7%             0%
Total carbohydrate                       10%            20%
Sugar                                    --             97%
Total fat                                17%            17%
Saturated fat                            --             13%

(c)

Note: Table made from pie chart.
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Title Annotation:Clinical Study
Author:Stroup, Bridget M.; Ney, Denise M.; Murali, Sangita G.; Rohr, Frances; Gleason, Sally T.; van Calcar
Publication:Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Date:Jan 1, 2018
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