Low fat diet < 50g day
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 no more than 50g total fat per day, to minimise symptoms of fat malabsorption.
Low in total fat but not necessarily low in saturated fat.
Suggested fat distribution by meal:
Sites with mid-meal service
- Breakfast: 10g
- Morning tea: 2g
- Lunch: 15g
- Afternoon tea: 2g
- Dinner: 15g
- Supper: 2g
Sites without mid-meal service
- Breakfast: 10g
- Lunch: 20g
- Dinner: 20g
- chronic radiation enteritis.
A low-fat diet may increase macronutrient and mineral absorption following surgery for short bowel syndrome. Restriction of fat in uncomplicated hepatitis is unfounded. Fat restriction has been found to be of little benefit in controlling bowel actions associated with cystic fibrosis.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes|
Main dishes ≤10g fat per serve
Lean meat, skinless chicken and fish
Soy products, e.g. textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Note: If no suitable choices are available on the menu, grilled fish and steamed chicken are appropriate to offer
Fatty meats (e.g. bacon, sausages), offal
Foods cooked with coconut milk
Low-fat sauces and gravies (≤3g fat per serve)
|Cream-based or milk-based sauces|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||All raw, steamed or boiled (≤2g fat per serve)||Fried or roasted vegetables with fat, such as butter, cooking margarine or oil|
|Vegetables||All raw, steamed or boiled without added fat (≤2g fat per serve)|
Fried or roasted vegetables with fat, such as butter, cooking margarine or oil
Vegetables served with cream-based or cheese-based sauces
|Soups||Low-fat soups (≤2g fat per serve)||Soups made with cream or full-fat milk|
|Sandwiches||Sandwiches ≤12g fat per four-point serve||Fish canned in oil, avocado|
Salads ≤12g fat per serve
Low-joule dressing or lemon wedge
Full-fat dressings, mayonnaise
Cereals with coconut or chocolate
Mono- or polyunsaturated margarine (limit to one portion per meal)
Jam, honey, Vegemite™
|Hot breakfast choices|
One boiled or poached egg
Mushrooms, baked beans, tomatoes ≤5g fat per serve
Fried or scrambled eggs
Fresh, canned and dried fruits
Fruit cakes or pastries
|Yoghurt||Low-fat yoghurts||Full-fat yoghurts|
Desserts with ≤2g fat per serve
Low-fat ice-cream, custard and creamy rice
Full-fat ice-cream or custard
|Milk and cheese|
Low-fat milk (≤1%), e.g. skim milk, Shape™
Low-fat cottage cheese and ricotta
Full-cream milks, 2% fat milk
Cream, sour cream
Full-fat cheeses (e.g. cheddar)
|Beverages||Water, tea, coffee, cordial, juices, soft drinks||Milk drinks|
|Biscuits||Plain low-fat biscuits with ≤2g fat per serve (e.g. one biscuit only: Spicy Fruit Roll™, Shredded Wheatmeal™, Granita™, Milk Arrowroot™, Milk Coffee™)||Commercial cream biscuits or chocolate biscuits|
Herbs and spices
Nuts and seeds
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- American Dietetic Association. Nutrition care manual. Chicago: ADA; 2009, [accessed 17 March 2010].
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- Nightingale J, Woodward JM. Guidelines for the management of patients with a short bowel. Gut 2006;55 Suppl 4:iv1-12.