Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They assist in many different bodily functions but the two are not interchangeable especially when it comes to nutrition declaration. While amino acid contribution will impact nitrogen load, they are not part of the total protein content on a nutrition label. This is important when reviewing products with protein claims and contribution.
Both amino acids and protein have roles in medical nutrition therapy and supporting the body however, as stated they are different. The addition of amino acids does not increase the whole protein content of a product and protein sources can have different amino acid profiles depending on the actual source of protein. This is important when selecting a protein modular.
When reviewing products its important to understand what they are and what they are not. Products with protein cannot list the additional amino acid (such as arginine) as part of the protein contribution. Looking at all aspects of product provision is a necessity when selecting the best option for your patients.
Remember to read and evaluate your labels and ingredient profiles before you choose your modular protein.