Allergy diet - colour low
This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.
To provide a diet that excludes foods containing artificial colours and certain natural colours.
Avoids the following additive colours:
- 102 (tartrazine)
- 107 (yellow 2G)
- 110 (sunset yellow FCF)
- 122 (carmoisine)
- 123 (amaranth)
- 124 (ponceau 4R)
- 127 (erythrosine)
- E128 (red 2G)
- 129 (allura red AC)
- 132 (indigotine)
- 133 (brilliant blue FCF)
- 142 (green S)
- 150d (caramel 1V)
- 151 (brilliant black PN)
- 155 (brown HT)
- 160b (annatto extracts)
- 160c (capsanthin/paprika extract)
Note: The following colours are permitted: 100 (curcumin or turmeric), 150 (caramel), 160a (carotene).
Intolerance to artificial colours established by a medically supervised placebo-controlled challenge
It is not possible to provide a full list of all permitted commercial products; the following are general guidelines only. The ingredient lists of processed foods must be carefully and regularly scrutinised. If a product lists an ingredient as colour without a detailed additive description or code, the product should not be used in this diet.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes||All plain cooked meat, poultry, fish and eggs||Casserole dishes made with commercial sauces|
|Sauces, gravies||Plain white sauce, tomato sauce||Gravies|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||All||-|
|Soups||Most – check label||Pumpkin, tomato, chicken noodle – check label|
|Sandwiches||All sandwiches made with butter or colour-free margarine, or no margarine|
Chutneys and pickles – check labels
Most salad ingredients
Plain salad dressing (oil and vinegar) and mayonnaise – check label
Commercial salad dressings
Most breakfast cereals
|Some products with added fruit – check label|
Butter, some margarines (for example PC Meadow Lea® margarine)
Honey, Vegemite™, marmalade, peanut butter
Most jams – check label
Jams with added colours
|Hot breakfast choices||All||-|
|Fruit||All fresh fruit and most canned fruits||Some canned fruit salads – check label|
|Yoghurt||Plain yoghurt||Flavoured and fruit yoghurt|
Home-made custard without colours
Ice-cream, puddings, cheesecake, creamy rice – check labels
Most commercial soft custards, toppings, mousses
|Milk and cheese|
All plain milk
|Flavoured milk, milkshakes|
Most juices (except some orange juices)
Lemonade, ginger ale
Orange juice with non-permitted colours added
Cordial, coloured soft drinks
Many nutrition supplements – check label
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit. RPAH Elimination diet handbook. Sydney: RPAH; 2010.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Choosing the right stuff: the official shoppers’ guide to food additives and labels, kilojoules and fat content. Sydney: Murdoch Books; 2007.
- Swain AR, Soutter VL, Loblay RH. Friendly food: the complete guide to avoiding allergies, additives and problem chemicals. Sydney: Murdoch Books; 2004.