Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011


Allergy diet - caffeine free

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.

Aim

To provide a diet without foods containing caffeine.

Characteristics

Avoids all foods containing coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, cola, guarana and added caffeine.

Indications

  • high caffeine sensitivity
  • patients being prepared for a Sestamibi heart stress test (for 48h before test).

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.

Precautions

None.

Paediatrics

Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll-
Sauces, graviesAll-
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll-
VegetablesAll-
SoupsAll-
SandwichesAll-
Salads, dressingsAll-
Breads, cerealsAll othersChocolate-flavoured cereals (eg Coco Pops®)
SpreadsAll othersNutella®
Hot breakfast choicesAll-
FruitAll others-
Yoghurt-Chocolate- or coffee-flavoured yoghurts
DessertsAll others

Coffee or chocolate desserts (eg mousses, custards, sauces)

Cakes with chocolate icing (eg chocolate cake, lamingtons)

Milk and cheese

All other milks

All cheeses

Chocolate- or coffee-flavoured milk and milkshakes
Beverages

Lemonade, ginger ale, cordial

Herbal teas

Juice

Tea (including green tea)

Coffee (including decaf)

Cocoa, Milo®, Aktavite®

Cola-based soft drinks

Energy drinks (with guarana)

BiscuitsAll othersChocolate-coated or choc-chip biscuits
Miscellaneous

Nuts, fruit cake

Salt and pepper

Bonox®

Chocolate- or coffee-flavoured nutritional supplements

References

  1. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit. RPAH Elimination diet handbook. Sydney: RPAH; 2010.
  2. Australian Institute of Sport. Caffeine. (login required) [accessed 27 April 2010];
  3. Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Caffeine.
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