Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Jul 2015


Allergy diet - latex 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 all foods that might cause reactions in individuals with latex allergy.

Characteristics

Avoids bananas, avocadoes, kiwifruit, tomatoes, passionfruit, plums and pineapple.

Indications

Latex allergy.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.

Precautions

Cross-reactions to foods are not generally life-threatening, but can cause unpleasant tingling, itching and discomfort in the mouth and throat. It is important to ensure that food-handling processes prevent contamination from latex gloves.

Paediatrics

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

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll others

Dishes made with pineapple or with fresh, tinned or dried tomato or tomato paste.

Baked beans

Sauces, gravies All others Tomato or tomato based sauce
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll othersStarch based dishes containing tomato
VegetablesAll othersTomato or dishes with added tomato paste/powder
Soups All others Tomato soups or soups containing tomato ingredients
SandwichesAll other ingredients on any bread

Tomatoes, avocadoes

Salads, dressingsAll other ingredients

Avocadoes, tomatoes and pineapples

Salad dressings with tomato ingredients

Breads, cereals All others

Cereals with banana, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, plums and strawberry

Tomato flavoured savoury breads

Spreads All -
Hot breakfast choices All others

Grilled tomato or items containing tomato (baked beans, spaghetti, Spanish omelette)

Fruit All othersBanana, avocado, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, plums, strawberry, tomato and pineapple
Yoghurt All othersYoghurt containing banana, avocado, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, plums, strawberry and pineapple
Desserts All othersDesserts made with banana, avocado, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, plums and strawberry and pineapple
Milk and cheese All -
BeveragesAll othersTomato juice, or vegetable juice containing tomato
Biscuits All othersBiscuits with tomato derivatives e.g. some flavoured crackers
Miscellaneous

Sugar, salt, pepper, sweetener, nuts and cream

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References

  1. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit. Allergy information sheets. [accessed 25 April 2015];.
  2. Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). Latex Allergy information Sheet (2010).
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