Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

Post procedure diet - cool / cold foods only

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 comprised of cold foods.


Hot foods and beverages are excluded.


  • patients with mouth wounds, ulcers or prone to nose bleeds (e.g. post nasal surgery)
  • burning mouth syndrome.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.


An alternative beverage to tea and coffee is to be available at each meal and mid-meal (e.g. milk, juice, soft drink, cordial).


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

Specific menu planning guidelines

 Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishes


Sauces, graviesNone -
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceNone hot-
VegetablesNone hot -
SoupsCold soups only -
Sandwiches All -
Salads, dressings All -
Breads, cereals

All breads

Cold ready-to-eat cereal

Hot cereals (e.g. rolled oats)
Spreads All -
Hot breakfast choicesAll hot main dishes -
YoghurtAll -

Cold desserts only

Hot desserts (e.g. hot apple pie)
Milk and cheeseAll-

Fruit juices, water, cordial

Iced coffee, iced tea

Soft drinks

Hot beverages (e.g. tea and coffee, hot chocolate)

Biscuits All -
MiscellaneousAny cold food -


  1. Cerchiari, DP, de Moricz RD, Sanjar FA, Rapoport PB, Moretti G, Geurra MM. Burning mouth syndrome: etiology. Revista Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia 2006;72(3);419-24.
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