Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published: April 2015. Next review: 2024.

Fluid diet - full

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 of liquids.


Liquid foods that require no chewing.


A temporary transition from clear fluids to normal diet as indicated (e.g. post surgery or procedure)

Nutritional adequacy

This diet is inadequate in many nutrients and should not be used as the sole source of nutritional support for more than three days, unless appropriate supplements are used.


Patients may not receive a menu.

Patients ordered this diet should be monitored regularly to ensure adequate dietary intake.


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

Specific menu planning guidelines

 Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesNone-
Sauces, graviesNone -
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceNone -

<1.5g fibre per serve

Soups without visible food pieces including homogenised or pureed soups (all band 1)

Soups with visible food pieces

Salads, dressingsNone-
Breads, cerealsStrained rolled oats, semolina or rice cereal with milk, sugar or honey

All bread

Other breakfast cereals

Hot breakfast choicesNone -

Drinking yoghurt

Smooth yoghurt without fruit pieces

Yoghurt with visible fruit or nuts
DessertsPlain jelly, plain smooth ice-cream, soft custard and smooth milk desserts (e.g. mousse, creme caramel)

All others

Milk and cheesePlain and flavoured milk or dairy alternatives

All cheeses


Fruit juice, water, milk, tea and coffee

Cordial and soft drink are allowed but minimised to maximise nutrient intake

Strained vegetable juices

All others


Nutrition supplements may be required

Note: Milk powder, protein powder or glucose polymer may be added to drinks or soups to increase energy content

Sugar, sweetener, salt, pepper, thin cream



  1. Dietitians Association of Australia. Nutrition manual. 9th ed. Canberra: DAA; 2014
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