Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Jul 2015 ; Partial revision Oct 2020


Allergy diet - no capsicum / chilli

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 strictly excludes all capsicum.

Characteristics

Avoids all foods containing capsicum and members of the capsicum family, including chillies, and their derivative products in all forms including fresh, dried, concentrated and powdered. This includes paprika, paprika oleoresin and paprika extract.

Indications

Allergy, intolerance or dislike to capsicum and members of the capsicum family.

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 capsicum in ingredient list.
  • Clarification is required for foods that contain compound ingredients (e.g. vegetable powders) to determine their components.
  • Patients with a capsicum allergy may also need to avoid other vegetables from the Solanacea family such as potato, eggplant and tomato.

Paediatrics

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

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishes All others Dishes made with capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives
Sauces, gravies All others Sauces containing capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives e.g. Tabasco, sweet chilli sauce
Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice All others Starch-based dishes containing capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives
Vegetables All others Capsicum or chilli and their derivatives
Soups All others Soups containing capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives
Sandwiches All others Capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives
Salads, dressings

All other salad ingredients

All other salad dressings

Capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives

Salad dressings with capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives

Breads, cereals All others Savoury breads or muffins with capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives
Spreads All -
Hot breakfast choices All others Items containing capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives (e.g. Spanish omelette)
Fruit All -
Yoghurt All -
Desserts All -
Milk and cheese All -
Beverages All Vegetable juice containing capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives
Biscuits All others Biscuits with capsicum and/or chilli derivatives e.g. some flavoured crackers
Miscellaneous

All other herbs and spices, vinegar, lemon wedge

Salt and pepper#

Nuts

Cream

Paprika

Chutneys and pickles including capsicum and/or chilli and their derivatives

# Note: Members of the capsicum family may also be referred to as ‘peppers’ by some cultures. However the pepper derived from black peppercorns (Piper nigrum) is not related to the capsicum family

References

  1. Department of Environment and Primary Industries. Capsicum (peppers) and chillies (1997, updated 2013).
  2. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Allergy Unit. RPAH Elimination diet handbook. Sydney: RPAH; 2010

Change log

October 2020

Section updatedChange
Title of Specification Title changed from Allergy diet - No Capsicum (Strict) to Allergy diet - no capsicum/chilli
Characteristics Added This includes paprika, paprika oleoresin and paprika extract
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