Malathy Ramanujam graduated from University of Madras, India, in 1980, with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She joined her husband in London, U.K., in 1983. In 1984, her son was diagnosed at the age of two with a rare metabolic condition called Homocystinuria. She moved to the United States in 1989.
The treatment of Homocystinuria also requires a special diet similar to PKU. Since there were not many options available for his diet she started experimenting with the limited resources to formulate various baking mixes and use them to prepare special meals for her son. Since 1994, she has been teaching families with similar metabolic condition how to prepare special meals. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies major) from Cal State, Dominguez Hills in spring 1999. She created the website www.lowprotein.com in 2000 to share her recipes with everyone. She pursued Master’s degree in Nutritional Science in Fall 2000. She graduated (Fall, 2004) in the top 1 % of the graduating class (included in the Dean’s List). She started her company, Taste Connections in 2003 with just two kinds of mixes, TC-Bread Mix and TC-Multibaking mix. When she started her company she had 4 main goals- to make “Just Add Water” kind of mixes that are easy to use; to make them as inexpensive with a high quality of taste with minimum number of additional common ingredients; to make products that don’t have any artificial preservative, artificial colors or flavors; each mix should make various food products.
Over the years, she has added other products such as TC-Versa Mix, TC-Brownie Mix and ready-made cookies, Quick breads, Gift baskets that could be customized to different occasions and most recently low-protein breads, rolls, pizza crust, etc that are freshly baked and shipped out immediately.
She has been presenting workshops since 1994 on low protein cooking around the United States and Canada and still continues to do so, inspiring metabolic patients to stay on such life-saving diet.
She was one of the parents who had testified in a hearing during California’s Newborn Genetic Screening Policymaker’s Symposium in the Capitol, Sacramento, March 2004. She is also a trained Resource Mother and is a member of California Coalition for PKU and Allied Disorders.