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Food NamePhenylalanineProteinAAA Score
Butter, salted410.85205
Butter, whipped, with salt410.85205
Butter oil, anhydrous140.28213
Cheese, blue108721.40237
Cheese, brick123123.24215
Cheese, brie115820.75242
Cheese, camembert110519.80242
Cheese, caraway132625.18215
Cheese, cheddar131124.90215
Cheese, cheshire123123.37215
Cheese, colby125123.76215
Cheese, cottage, creamed, large or small curd57711.12226
Cheese, cottage, creamed, with fruit57210.69226
Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd53610.34226
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  • Amino acid content is in milligrams, protein value in grams, and are measured per 100g of food weight.
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  • Amino-Acid Score:
    • The score is the ratio of the amino acid in the food's protein over the same amino acid in the reference protein expressed in percentage.
    • This score is for determining the limiting amino acid in a food item. A score below 100 indicates that a food's protein is incomplete. However, a score higher than 100 for a particular amino acid does not necessarily mean that a food's protein is complete. Scores of other essential amino acids of the food also have to be 100 or higher for its protein to be considered complete.
    • The limiting amino acid of a food is defined as the essential amino acid present in the lowest amount compared to a reference protein or to human requirements.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins. When proteins are digested, amino acids are left. The human body requires a number of amino acids to grow and breakdown food.

Amino acids are classified into two groups: essential and nonessential amino acids.

  • Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body and must be supplied by food. These include leucine, lysine, tryptophan, etc. Sources of essential amino acids include milk, cheese, eggs, certain meats, vegetables, nuts, and grains.
  • Nonessential amino acids can be made by the body from the essential amino acids or normal breakdown of proteins. They include aspartic acid, glutamic acid, and glycine, etc.

Complete Protein

A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans or other animals. Some incomplete protein sources may contain all essential amino acids, but a complete protein contains them in correct proportions for supporting biological functions in the human body.

Phenylalanine

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid in humans and other mammals. A non-food source of phenylalanine is the artificial sweetener aspartame. This compound, sold under the trade names Equal and NutraSweet, is metabolized by the body into several chemical byproducts including phenylalanine.

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Phenylalanine Food Sources

List of 120 foods highest in Phenylalanine. Phenylalanine content is in grams per 100 grams of food weight.



Foods Rich in Phenylalanine Phenylalanine (g)

Egg, white, dried, powder, glucose reduced 5.181

Egg, white, dried, flakes, glucose reduced 4.837

Egg, white, dried 4.736

Soy protein isolate, PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, SUPRO 4.600

Soy protein isolate 4.593

Soy protein isolate, potassium type 4.593

Soy protein isolate, potassium type, crude protein basis 4.593

Soy protein isolate, PROTEIN TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, ProPlus 4.500

Soy protein concentrate, produced by alcohol extraction 3.278

Soy protein concentrate, crude protein basis (N x 6.25), produced by acid wash 3.278

Soy protein concentrate, produced by acid wash 3.278

Seal, bearded (Oogruk), meat, dried (Alaska Native) 3.275

Seeds, cottonseed flour, low fat (glandless) 3.103

Seeds, cottonseed meal, partially defatted (glandless) 3.057

Whale, beluga, meat, dried (Alaska Native) 2.947

Seaweed, spirulina, dried 2.777

Egg, whole, dried, stabilized, glucose reduced 2.721

Peanut flour, defatted 2.705

Seeds, sesame flour, low-fat 2.658

Seeds, cottonseed flour, partially defatted (glandless) 2.550

Egg, whole, dried 2.515

Seal, bearded (Oogruk), meat, partially dried (Alaska Native) 2.473

Seeds, sunflower seed flour, partially defatted 2.466

Soy flour, defatted 2.453

Soy flour, defatted, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 2.453

Fish, cod, Atlantic, dried and salted 2.452

Soy flour, low-fat, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 2.428

Soy meal, defatted, raw, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 2.346

Soy meal, defatted, raw 2.346


Foods Rich in Phenylalanine Phenylalanine (g)

Fish, whitefish, dried (Alaska Native) 2.340

Tofu, dried-frozen (koyadofu), prepared with calcium sulfate 2.334

Tofu, dried-frozen (koyadofu) 2.334

Cheese, parmesan, shredded 2.234

Meat extender 2.182

Seeds, sesame flour, partially defatted 2.138

Soybeans, mature seeds, raw 2.122

Cheese, parmesan, grated 2.081

Soybeans, mature seeds, dry roasted 2.066

Seeds, watermelon seed kernels, dried 2.031

Seeds, cottonseed kernels, roasted (glandless) 2.029

Smelt, dried (Alaska Native) 2.010

Snacks, pork skins, plain 1.940

Cheese, parmesan, hard 1.922

Egg Mix, USDA Commodity 1.903

Snacks, pork skins, barbecue-flavor 1.877

Pigeon peas (red gram), mature seeds, raw 1.858

Soybeans, mature seeds, roasted, no salt added 1.838

Soybeans, mature seeds, roasted, salted 1.838

Soy flour, full-fat, roasted 1.816

Soy flour, full-fat, roasted, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 1.816

Soy flour, full-fat, raw 1.802

Soy flour, full-fat, raw, crude protein basis (N x 6.25) 1.802

Seeds, safflower seed meal, partially defatted 1.774

Peanut flour, low fat 1.752

Leavening agents, yeast, baker's, active dry 1.750

Milk, dry, nonfat, regular, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 1.746

Milk, dry, nonfat, regular, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 1.746

Cheese, gruyere 1.743

Gelatins, dry powder, unsweetened 1.737

Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, dried 1.733


Foods High in Phenylalanine Phenylalanine (g)

Milk, dry, nonfat, calcium reduced 1.714

Spices, parsley, dried 1.712

Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, with salt added 1.711

Seeds, pumpkin and squash seed kernels, roasted, without salt 1.711

Cheese, romano 1.710

Milk, dry, nonfat, instant, with added vitamin A and vitamin D 1.694

Milk, dry, nonfat, instant, without added vitamin A and vitamin D 1.694

Cheese, swiss 1.662

Milk, buttermilk, dried 1.656

Mollusks, whelk, unspecified, cooked, moist heat 1.648

Seeds, sesame flour, high-fat 1.632

Cheese, parmesan, dry grated, reduced fat 1.604

Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, microwaved 1.532

Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, pan-fried 1.521

Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted 1.521

Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 1.515

Cheese, fontina 1.497

Papad 1.491

Veal, leg (top round), separable lean only, cooked, braised 1.481

Chicken, broilers or fryers, giblets, cooked, fried 1.480

Mungo beans, mature seeds, raw 1.473

Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, broiled, pan-fried or roasted, reduced sodium 1.469

Egg, yolk, dried 1.463

Veal, leg (top round), separable lean and fat, cooked, braised 1.459

Peanuts, spanish, oil-roasted, without salt 1.452

Peanuts, spanish, oil-roasted, with salt 1.452

Beef, loin, top sirloin filet, boneless, separable lean only, trimmed to 0" fat, select, cooked, 1.451

Lamb, domestic, shoulder, arm, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/4" fat, choice, cooked, braised 1.447

Beef, plate steak, boneless, inside skirt, separable lean only, trimmed to 0" fat, select, cooked, 1.445

grilled

Mung beans, mature seeds, raw 1.443


Foods High in Phenylalanine Phenylalanine (g)

Nuts, butternuts, dried 1.442

Veal, shoulder, arm, separable lean only, cooked, braised 1.442

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, braised 1.440

Lupins, mature seeds, raw 1.435

Game meat, bison, chuck, shoulder clod, separable lean only, 3-5 lb roast, cooked, braised 1.434

Cheese, edam 1.434

Cheese, gouda 1.431

Winged beans, mature seeds, raw 1.429

Beef, round, top round, separable lean only, trimmed to 0" fat, all grades, cooked, braised 1.427

Peanuts, all types, oil-roasted, with salt 1.427

Yardlong beans, mature seeds, raw 1.421

Pork, cured, bacon, cooked, baked 1.417

Game meat, beaver, cooked, roasted 1.417

Beef, round, top round, separable lean only, trimmed to 0" fat, choice, cooked, braised 1.410

Veal, cubed for stew (leg and shoulder), separable lean only, cooked, braised 1.410

Beef, round, top round, separable lean only, trimmed to 0" fat, select, cooked, braised 1.410

Beef, round, top round, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 0" fat, all grades, cooked, braised 1.407

Beef, top loin filet, boneless, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/8" fat, select, cooked, grilled 1.407

Peanuts, valencia, oil-roasted, without salt 1.402

Peanuts, valencia, oil-roasted, with salt 1.402

Fish, roe, mixed species, cooked, dry heat 1.401

Seal, bearded (Oogruk), meat, dried, in oil (Alaska Native) 1.400

Mutton, cooked, roasted (Navajo) 1.399

Cowpeas, catjang, mature seeds, raw 1.393

Beef, round, top round, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 0" fat, choice, cooked, braised 1.390

Veal, rib, separable lean only, cooked, braised 1.390

Beef, round, top round, separable lean and fat, trimmed to 0" fat, select, cooked, braised 1.390

Fish, salmon, red, (sockeye), canned, smoked (Alaska Native) 1.390

Lamb, Australian, imported, fresh, shoulder, arm, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/8" fat, 1.389

cooked, braised

Veal, variety meats and by-products, liver, cooked, pan-fried 1.387