Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

Allergy diet - sucrose low

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 with reduced sucrose content.


Avoids fruits and vegetables naturally high in sucrose (> 5g per 100g), and foods with high levels of added sugar.


Sucrose malabsorption or intolerance.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.


It is not possible to provide a full list of all permitted commercial products; the following are general guidelines only. It is important to check the label of commercial foods to eliminate foods with high levels of total sugar (> 10g per 100g).


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

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll others, including all plain cooked meat, poultry, fish, eggs and legumesDishes cooked with dried fruit or added sugar
Sauces, gravies


Unsweetened sauces

Sauces with added sugar, e.g. tomato sauce, sweet and sour sauce, barbecue sauce, plum sauce
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll othersPumpkin
VegetablesAll others

Beetroot, pumpkin, sweet corn

Canned vegetables with added sugar

SandwichesAll othersAny with sweet fillings, e.g. chutney
Salads, dressingsAll other ingredients

Beetroot, canned bean salad

Chutney, mayonnaise, coleslaw dressing

Breads, cereals

All plain breads, white and wholemeal

Breakfast cereals with ≤ 10g sugar per 100g, e.g. rolled oats, Weet-Bix™, Corn Flakes®, Rice Bubbles®, Bran Flakes®

Sweetened or fruit breads

Breakfast cereals with added fruit or honey, or total sugar content > 10g per 100g

SpreadsButter, margarine, peanut butter, Vegemite™Jam, honey, Nutella®
Hot breakfast choicesAll othersCanned baked beans or spaghetti
FruitAll other fresh or canned fruit in juice only

Fresh and canned: apples, apricots, bananas, mandarins, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pineapple, fruit salad, stewed prunes

All dried fruit

YoghurtNatural yoghurt with no added sugar

Low-joule yoghurts
All sweetened fruit and vanilla yoghurts

Low-joule jelly

Unsweetened custard

Sweetened desserts and puddings

Ice-cream and all toppings


Milk and cheese

Plain milk (full and low fat)

All cheeses

Flavoured milk, milkshakes

BeveragesTea, coffee, milk, low-joule cordialFruit juices, soft drinks, cordial, Milo®
BiscuitsSavoury crackers, e.g. water biscuitsPlain sweet biscuits and those with added fruit or chocolate
MiscellaneousArtificial sweeteners, salt, pepperConfectionery, sugar


  1. Food Standards Australia New Zealand. NUTTAB Online searchable database: foods that contain sucrose.
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