Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Jun 2016


Allergy diet - no onion (strict)

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 varieties of onion.

Characteristics

Avoids all foods containing onion including leeks, chives and shallots. Avoids trace amounts of all forms including fresh, dried, pastes and powders.

Indications

Allergy to onion or complete avoidance for religious reasons.

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.
  • 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 onion, leeks, chives or shallots or derivatives as ingredients.

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 onion including trace amounts

Sauces, gravies All others Sauces containing onion including trace amounts
Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice All others Dishes made with onion ingredients including trace amounts
Vegetables All others Onions, leek, chives, shallots
Soups All others Soups containing onions (including trace amounts), leek, chives, shallots
Sandwiches All others

Onion

Salads, dressings All others

Salads and dressings containing onions or ingredients with onions, leek, chives, shallots

Breads, cereals All others Flavoured breads with onions, leek, chives, shallots
Spreads All others Any spreads containing onion including trace amounts
Hot breakfast choices All others

Items containing onion or onion ingredients, leek, chives, shallots

Fruit All  -
Yoghurt All -
Desserts All -
Milk and cheese All others Cheese containing onion or onion ingredients, leek, chives, shallots
Beverages All -
Biscuits All others Biscuits or crackers containing onion or onion ingredients, leek, chives, shallots
Miscellaneous

All others

Spices, flavourings and seasonings containing onion or onion ingredients, leek, chives, shallots

Pickles, chutneys and mustards containing onion or onion ingredients, leek, chives, shallots

References

  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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