Hyderabad: Children born with inborn metabolic disorders require amino acids which help in ensuring growth and converting food into energy. The Indian Food Composition Tables, released recently by the National Institute of Nutrition, contains data on the vital amino acids — the building blocks of proteins — need.
NIN director T. Longvah said, “Parents were referring to international data on amino acids and found that it was varying. They sought Indian data. We have profiled amino acids in all the 500 components which will be very helpful for these children.”
Nutritionist Fatema Taher Ali said certain amino acids work with insulin to keep the metabolism balanced. Lack of deficiency of these amino acids could result in the individuals gaining weight. Liver plays an important in balancing by processing amino acids and manufacturing non-essential amino acids. In children born with disorders, the supply of amino acids is important. They have to consume foods which are high in amino acids so that their bodies can function properly. Nutritionists state that once the child’s metabolism improves with treatment and age, they have to reduce the intake of amino acids and work towards a balanced diet