Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

Test diet - gelatine free

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To avoid foods high in gelatine.


Strictly eliminates foods and beverages containing meat, poultry, fish and gelatine and their products.


This is a test diet for hydroxyproline studies (investigation of Paget’s disease).

Nutritional adequacy

May not be nutritionally adequate unless fortified foods (e.g. cereals) are used to provide adequate iron and zinc.


The test diet is usually required for three days prior to the test and during the test period.


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

Specific menu planning guidelines

 Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesDishes specially prepared for vegetarians based on beans, peas, tofu, textured vegetable protein (TVP), lentils, nuts, milk, cheese and eggsAny dishes containing meat, poultry or fish
Sauces, graviesSauces without meat fats or juices; butter acceptableStocks and gravies made with meat or animal products
Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll -
VegetablesAll -
SoupsVegetables soups made without animal-based stocksSoups prepared with meat, poultry or fish
SandwichesAll othersAll meat, poultry and fish
Salads, dressingsAll othersAll meat, poultry and fish
Breads, cerealsAll breads, cereals, pasta and noodles -
SpreadsJam, peanut butter, Vegemite™, margarine, butter, honeyMeat and fish spreads
Hot breakfast choicesEggs, baked beans in tomato sauce, mushrooms, tomatoes, spaghetti in tomato or cheese sauce, creamed corn

Meat (e.g. bacon)

Baked beans in ham sauce

FruitAll fruits, fresh or cannedJellied fruit (if made with gelatine)
YoghurtAll yoghurts without gelatineYoghurts containing gelatine

Fresh and canned fruit

Jellied fruit prepared with agar or vegetable gums

Custard, ice-cream

Desserts containing gelatine
Milk and cheeseAll -
BeveragesMilk, juices, soft drinks, cordial, tea, coffee -
BiscuitsAll -

Nuts and seeds




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