The–corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) has been adopted by FAO/WHO as the preferred method for the measurement of the protein value in human nutrition. The method is based on comparison of the concentration of the first limiting essential amino acid in the test protein with the concentration of that amino acid in a reference (scoring) pattern. This scoring pattern is derived from the essential amino acid requirements of the preschool-age child. The chemical score obtained in this way is corrected for true fecal digestibility of the test protein. PDCAAS values higher than 100% are not accepted as such but are truncated to 100%. Although the principle of the PDCAAS method has been widely accepted, critical questions have been raised in the scientific community about a number of issues. These questions relate to 1) the validity of the preschool-age child amino acid requirement values, 2) the validity of correction for fecal instead of ileal digestibility and 3) the truncation of PDCAAS values to 100%. At the time of the adoption of the PDCAAS method, only a few studies had been performed on the amino acid requirements of the preschool-age child, and there is still a need for validation of the scoring pattern. Also, the scoring pattern does not include conditionally indispensable amino acids. These amino acids also contribute to the nutrition value of a protein. There is strong evidence that ileal, and not fecal, digestibility is the right parameter for correction of the amino acid score. The use of fecal digestibility overestimates the nutritional value of a protein, because amino acid nitrogen entering the colon is lost for protein synthesis in the body and is, at least in part, excreted in urine as ammonia. The truncation of PDCAAS values to 100% can be defended only for the limited number of situations in which the protein is to be used as the sole source of protein in the diet. For evaluation of the nutritional significance of proteins as part of mixed diets, the truncated value should not be used. In those cases, a more detailed evaluation of the contribution of the protein to the amino acid composition of the mixed diet is required. From such an evaluation, it appears that milk proteins are superior to plant proteins in cereal-based diets.
It is well accepted that the nutritional value of proteins may differ substantially depending on their (essential) amino acid composition and digestibility. For many years, bioassays, mainly with rats, were the methods of choice to assess the nutritional value of proteins. This value was expressed in parameters such as protein efficiency ratio, net protein utilization and biological value. In 1989, a joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Protein Quality Evaluation (FAO/WHO 1990) concluded that protein quality could be assessed adequately by expressing the content of the first limiting essential amino acid of the test protein as a percentage of the content of the same amino acid in a reference pattern of essential amino acids. This reference pattern was based on the essential amino acid requirements of the preschool-age child as published in 1985 (FAO/WHO/UNU 1985) (Table 1). Subsequently, this percentage is corrected for the true fecal digestibility of the test protein, as measured in a rat assay. This scoring method, known as the protein digestibility–corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS),2 was adopted as the preferred method for measurement of the protein value in human nutrition. Proteins with PDCAAS values exceeding 100% were not considered to contribute additional benefit in humans and were truncated to 100%. The PDCAAS formula is shown later.
FAO/WHO/UNU amino acid requirement pattern based on amino acid requirements of preschool-age child1
Table 2 shows values for protein efficiency ratio, true fecal digestibility, amino acid score and nontruncated PDCAAS for some selected proteins.
True fecal digestibility, amino acid score and PDCAAS for selected proteins1
Now, after ∼10 y of experience with the PDCAAS method, it can be concluded that the method has been adopted widely. On the other hand, critical questions have been raised in the scientific community (Dutch Dairy Foundation on Nutrition and Health 1995, Darragh et al. 1998) about the following three PDCAAS issues: 1) the validity of the preschool-age child amino acid scoring pattern, 2) the validity of the true fecal digestibility correction and 3) the truncation of PDCAAS values to 100%.
These issues are discussed later; it is concluded that it is timely to evaluate the PDCAAS method in its current form.
Validity of preschool-age child amino acid scoring pattern
This reference scoring pattern (Table 1) is based on amino acid balance studies performed ∼20 y ago by Torun et al. (1981) and Pineda et al., 1981) in a limited number of 2-y-old children. These children were recovering from malnutrition and thus not representing normal healthy preschool-age children. The results of these studies, which so far have not yet been published in peer-reviewed international journals, were expressed in mg/kg of body weight/d and were assumed to include a safety margin of the same magnitude as that of the FAO/WHO safe level of high quality protein (meat, fish, egg, milk) intake for this particular group of children. The reference pattern was obtained by computing the ratios between the essential amino acid requirement values (mg/kg body weight/d) and this safe level of high quality protein intake (g/kg body weight/d), thus resulting in values of mg/g of protein for each essential amino acid.
Although there is no evidence to reject the assumption that both numerator and denominator of these ratios include similar margins of safety, this has not been validated. A difference in safety margins of nominator and denominator would result in an incorrect reference pattern with underestimated or overestimated values.
Another issue is that the current reference pattern is restricted to the indispensable amino acids and does not include amino acids that become indispensable under specific physiological or pathological conditions, such as cystine, tyrosine, taurine, glycine, arginine, glutamine and proline. This implies that these latter amino acids should also contribute to the nutritional value of a protein (van Hooydonk 1994).
These considerations plead for a critical contemplation of the current scoring pattern.
Validity of true fecal digestibility correction
As recognized by the FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on protein quality evaluation (1990), the intestinal flow of amino acids beyond the terminal ileum is an important route for bacterial metabolic consumption of amino acids. Amino acids that appear in the colon are most probably lost for body protein synthesis. Therefore, ileal rather than fecal digestibility is the critical biologically relevant parameter for amino acid or protein digestibility. The Expert Consultation recognized the shortcomings of the true fecal digestibility correction and recommended methodological studies to resolve uncertainties about the contribution and variation of endogenous amino acid losses at the terminal ileum before the determination of ileal digestibility could be recommended to replace fecal digestibility. Since then, several studies in this field were published (e.g., Caine et al. 1997a, and 1997b, Huisman et al. 1993, Rowan et al. 1994, Van Leeuwen et al. 1996) indicating that antinutritional factors associated with dietary proteins may enhance substantially endogenous losses of amino acids and therefore decrease the nutritional value of the protein. Only true ileal digestibility of amino acids will take these losses into account (Darragh et al. 1998), and it is therefore timely to consider the use of ileal instead of fecal digestibility values.
Truncation of PDCAAS values to 100%
According to the current PDCAAS method, values that are higher than 100% are truncated to 100%, arguing that digestible essential amino acid concentrations in a protein in excess of those in the preschool-age child reference pattern do not provide additional nutritional benefit. This statement is correct when the protein in question is the sole source of protein in the human diet, as occurs in infant feeding practices and under special conditions, like enteral feeding. However, under all other conditions, humans consume mixed diets with proteins from a variety of sources. Under such conditions, the power of high quality proteins to balance the amino acid pattern of the mixed diet is extremely relevant. A classic and widely accepted example in this regard is the combination of milk and wheat, in which the relatively high lysine concentration of milk proteins compensates for the low concentration of this essential amino acid in wheat. So it can easily be computed that 1.2 g of casein can balance 1 g of wheat protein, whereas 6.2 g of soy protein would be needed to do so (Table 3). The truncation of PDCAAS values thus largely eliminates the differences in the power of high quality proteins to balance the amino acid composition of inferior proteins. This is highly relevant, not only for the low lysine content of cereals but also for the low content of S-containing amino acids and threonine of many plant protein sources. Thus, truncated PDCAAS values do not provide information about the potency of a protein to balance inferior proteins, and a solution for this problem should be found.
Amount of protein needed to upgrade 1 g of wheat protein to obtain the preschool-age child’s lysine requirement level of 58 mg/g mixed crude protein
The questions about the validity of the amino acid scoring pattern and the application of the true fecal rather than the true ileal digestibility correction as well as the truncation of PDCAAS values warrant a critical evaluation of PDCAAS in its current form as a measure of protein quality in human diets.
↵1 Presented at the symposium “Criteria and Significance of Dietary Protein Sources in Humans,” held in San Francisco, CA, on October 4, 1999. The symposium was sponsored by the National Dairy Council; International Dairy Federation; United Kingdom Dairy Association; Dairy Farmers of Canada; Davisco Foods International, Inc., New Zealand Milk; CAMPINA MELKUNIE, Zaltbommel, The Netherlands; Land O’Lakes; and CERIN. Published as a supplement to The Journal of Nutrition. Guest editors for this publication were Gregory D. Miller, National Dairy Council, Rosemont, IL, and Daniel Tome, Institut National Agronomique, Paris, France.
↵2 Abbreviation used: PDCAAS, protein digestibility–corrected amino acid score.
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Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) is a method of evaluating the protein quality based on both the amino acid requirements of humans and their ability to digest it. The PDCAAS rating was adopted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) in 1993 as “the preferred ‘best'” method to determine protein quality. These organizations have suggested that other methods for evaluating the quality of protein are inferior.
PDCAAS value of protein
1.00 casein (milk protein) 1.00 egg white 1.00 soy protein 1.00 whey (milk protein) 0.99 mycoprotein 0.92 beef 0.91 soybeans 0.78 chickpeas 0.76 fruits 0.75 black beans 0.73 vegetables 0.70 Other legumes 0.59 cereals and derivatives 0.52 peanuts 0.42 whole wheat
The formula for calculating the PDCAAS percentage is: (mg of limiting amino acid in 1 g of test protein / mg of same amino acid in 1 g of reference protein) x fecal true digestibility percentage.
The PDCAAS value is different from measuring the quality of protein from the protein efficiency ratio (PER) and the biological value (BV) methods. The PER was based upon the amino acid requirements of growing rats, which noticeably differs from that of humans. The PDCAAS allows evaluation of food protein quality based on the needs of humans as it measures the quality of a protein based on the amino acid requirements (adjusted for digestibility) of a 2- to 5-year-old child (considered the most nutritionally-demanding age group). The BV method uses nitrogen absorption as a basis. However, it does not take into account certain factors influencing the digestion of the protein and is of limited use for application to human protein requirements because what is measured is maximal potential of quality and not a true estimate of quality at requirement level. Nevertheless, BV can be used to assess requirements of protein derived from foods with known quality differences and measure the proportion of absorbed nitrogen which is retained and presumably used for protein synthesis as an accurate indicator for protein measurement.
Using the PDCAAS method, the protein quality rankings are determined by comparing the amino acid profile of the specific food protein against a standard amino acid profile with the highest possible score being a 1.0. This score means, after digestion of the protein, it provides per unit of protein 100 percent or more of the indispensable amino acids required.
The FDA gave two reasons for adopting the PDCAAS in 1993: 1) PDCAAS is based on human amino acid requirements, which makes it more appropriate for humans than a method based on the amino acid needs of animals. 2) The Food and Agricultural Organization/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) had previously recommended PDCAAS for regulatory purposes.
Amino acids that move beyond the terminal ileum in the body are less likely to be absorbed for use in protein synthesis. They may pass out of the body, or may be absorbed by bacteria, and thus will not be present in the faeces, and will appear to have been digested. The PDCAAS takes no account of where the proteins have been digested.
Similarly, amino acids that are lost due to antinutritional factors present in many foods are assumed to be digested according to the PDCAAS.
The PDCAAS method may also still be considered incomplete, since human diets, except in times of famine, almost never contain only one kind of protein. However, calculating the PDCAAS of a diet solely based on the PDCAAS of the individual constituents is impossible. This is because one food may provide an abundance of an amino acid that the other is missing, in which case the PDCAAS of the diet is higher than that of any one of the constituents. To arrive at the final result, all individual amino acids would have to be taken into account, though, so the PDCAAS of each constituent is largely useless.
For example, grain protein has a PDCAAS of about 0.4 to 0.5, limited by lysine. On the other hand, it contains more than enough methionine. White bean protein (and that of many other pulses) has a PDCAAS of 0.6 to 0.7, limited by methionine, and contains more than enough lysine. When both are eaten in roughly equal quantities in a diet, the PDCAAS of the “combined constituent” is 1.0, because each constituent’s protein is complemented by the other.
A more extreme example would be the combination of gelatine (which contains virtually no tryptophan and thus has a PDCAAS of 0) with isolated tryptophan (which, lacking all other essential amino acids, also has a PDCAAS of 0). Despite individual scores of 0, the combination of both in adequate amounts has a positive PDCAAS, with the limiting amino acids isoleucine, threonine and methionine. Further, according to a recent 2000 study by scientist Gerjan Schaafsma, “The questions about the validity of the amino acid scoring pattern and the application of the true fecal rather than the true ideal digestibility correction as well as the truncation of PDCAAS values warrant a critical evaluation of PDCAAS in its current form as a measure of protein quality in human diets.” Also, the scientific community has raised critical questions about the validity of PDCAAS.[specify]
In addition the fact that four proteins, all with different amino acid profiles, receive identical scores of 1.0 limits its usefulness as a comparative tool. Since they have different compositions, it is natural to assume that they perform differently in the human body and should have different scores. In short, this method, however, gives no distinction of their performance relative to each other because after they pass a certain point, they are all capped at 1.0 and receive an identical rating.
This is because in 1990 at a FAO/WHO meeting, it was decided that proteins having values higher than 1.0 would be rounded or “leveled down” to 1.0 as scores above 1.0 are considered to indicate the protein contains essential amino acids in excess of the human requirements.
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