What does PDCAAS mean?

PDCAAS stands for Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score. It’s a method of evaluating the quality of a protein based on both its amino acid profile and its digestibility. PDCAAS is used to determine the nutritional value of a protein in human nutrition.

The score ranges from 0 to 1, with 1 being the highest quality protein. PDCAAS takes into account both the essential amino acid content of a protein and how easily the body can digest it. This score helps in assessing the protein’s ability to meet the body’s amino acid requirements.

PDCAAS is commonly used in food labelling and dietary guidelines to indicate the protein quality of different foods.  Foods with a PDCAAS score of 1 are considered to provide a complete and balanced source of essential amino acids.

To be able to make a protein claim, it is crucial to know the PDCAAS of your recipe so you are able to accurately present the percent daily value of protein and make a correct protein claim.