Test diet - hydrogen breath test
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 minimal carbohydrate and dietary fibre.
Avoids cereals, fruit, vegetables and dairy foods.
This is a test diet used for a hydrogen breath test, to diagnose lactose intolerance or bacterial overgrowth.
Not nutritionally adequate.
The test diet is usually required for 18 hours prior to the test.
Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes|
Plain roasted or grilled meats, poultry and fish
All peas, beans and lentils
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||None||-|
|Hot breakfast choices||Eggs, plain omelette, grilled bacon||Baked beans, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, spaghetti|
|Milk and cheese||Hard cheeses||All others|
Black tea and coffee
Low-joule cordial and soft drink
- Northeastern Hydrogen Breath Testing. Preparation for the test. 2009.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand. NUTTAB Online searchable database: foods that contain total dietary fibre.