Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Jun 2016

Allergy diet - no garlic (strict)

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 strictly excludes all varieties of garlic.


Avoids all foods containing garlic including trace amounts and all forms of garlic including fresh, dried, pastes and powders.


Allergy to garlic or complete avoidance for religious reasons.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.


  • It is not possible to provide a full list of all permitted commercial products; the following are general guidelines only.
  • Clarification is required for foods that contain compound ingredients (e.g. vegetable powders) to determine their components.
  • Care should be taken to read all product ingredient lists to look for garlic or derivatives as ingredients.


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 garlic including trace amounts

Sauces, gravies All others Sauces containing garlic including trace amounts
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll othersDishes made with garlic ingredients including trace amounts
VegetablesAll othersGarlic and dishes made with garlic or garlic ingredients
Soups All others Soups containing garlic including trace amounts
Sandwiches All others

Sauces or condiments that contain garlic

Salads, dressingsAll others

Salads and dressings containing garlic or ingredients with garlic

Breads, cereals All others Garlic flavoured breads
Spreads All othersAny spreads containing garlic including trace amounts
Hot breakfast choices All others

Items containing garlic or garlic ingredients

Fruit All  -
Yoghurt All-
Desserts All -
Milk and cheese All others Cheese containing garlic
BeveragesAll -
Biscuits All othersBiscuits or crackers containing garlic or garlic ingredients

All others

Spices, flavourings and seasonings containing garlic or garlic ingredients

Pickles, chutneys and mustards containing garlic or garlic ingredients


  1. Almogren A, Shakoor Z, Adam MH. Garlic and onion sensitization among Saudi patients screened for food allergy: a hospital based study. African Health Sciences 2013; 13(3): 689-693
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