Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011


Allergy diet - egg 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 that excludes eggs or egg products.

Characteristics

No eggs or egg-derived ingredients, or traces of egg.

Indications

Allergy to eggs or egg products.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.

Precautions

It is not possible to provide a full list of all permitted commercial products; the following are general guidelines only. Care should be taken to read all product ingredient lists to look for ingredients derived from eggs, eg albumin, globulin, ovomucoid, egg mayonnaise and egg lecithin. All packaged food with egg ingredients must carry a mandatory warning statement under Standard 1.2.3 of the Food Standards Code; these ingredients should therefore be identified on food labels. Particular care is needed in food handling and preparation to avoid cross-contamination.

Paediatrics

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

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll plain cooked meat, poultry and fish

Quiches, omelettes, frittatas, crepes, crumbed meat or fish, fish cakes, ravioli, meatloaf or rissoles bound with egg

Dishes made with wine (which may contain traces of egg)

Sauces, graviesOthers – check labelTartare, Hollandaise, BĂ©arnaise
Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice

All potatoes and rice

Egg-free noodles and pasta – check label

Pasta and noodles with egg

Fried rice

VegetablesAll-
SoupsOthers – check labelClear soups clarified with egg white
SandwichesAll othersEgg or mayonnaise fillings
Salads, dressingsOthers – check labelEgg or mayonnaise
Breads, cerealsAll-
SpreadsAll-
Hot breakfast choicesAll othersEggs (all types), pancakes, pikelets
FruitAll-
YoghurtAll-
Desserts

Egg-free custard, jelly and toppings

Creamy rice

Meringues, pavlovas, marshmallows

Cakes and pastry-based desserts, unless carefully checked

Some ice-creams and sorbets – check label

Milk and cheeseAll-
BeveragesTea, coffee, cordial, soft drinksEgg flip
BiscuitsPlain biscuits – check labelMacaroons
Miscellaneous-Nutritional supplements, unless carefully checked

References

  1. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. Food allergy – other foods (soy, wheat, egg). [accessed 25 June 2010];
  2. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit. Allergy information sheets. [accessed 26 April 2010];
  3. American Dietetic Association. Nutrition care manual. Chicago: ADA; 2009. [accessed 17 March 2010];
  4. Anaphylaxis Australia. Allergen cards. 2007.
  5. Maher AK, editor; Iowa Dietetic Association. Simplified diet manual. 10th ed. Ames: Blackwell; 2007.
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