Special dietary requirements

Special dietary requirements – Background information

  • Eating regimes (elimination, macrobiotic)
  • Exclusions for allergies, contraindications with medicines or food intolerance
  • Fat-free
  • Fluids
  • Food preferences
  • Food restrictions
  • Gluten-free
  • High carbohydrate
  • High or low energy
  • High or low protein
  • High fibre
  • Lacto-ovo
  • Low carbohydrate
  • Low cholesterol
  • Low fat
  • Low gluten
  • Low kilojoule
  • Low sugar
  • Modified sodium or potassium
  • Modified texture
  • Nutritional requirements
  • Portion size
  • Substitutes:
  • Gluten-free flour
  • Yeast-free flour
  • Non-sugar sweeteners
  • Sugar-free
  • Type one and two diabetes

 

 

Cultural or religious dietary requirements

  • Halal
  • Hindu
  • Kosher
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

 

 

 

 

Customer groups addressed

  • Adolescents
  • Athletes
  • Children
  • Defence forces
  • Elderly
  • Health care
  • Ill or injured
  • Infants
  • International tourists
  • Nutritional and energy requirements due to physical condition
  • People in areas affected by disaster or environmental extremes
  • People from different socio-economic groups
  • People in remote areas
  • Underweight persons
  • Overweight persons
  • Obese

 

 

Methods of evaluation

  • Customer satisfaction discussions with:
  • customers
  • employees during the course of each business day
  • Customer surveys
  • Improvements suggested by:
  • customers
  • managers
  • peers
  • staff
  • supervisors
  • suppliers
  • Regular staff meetings that involve menu discussions.
  • Satisfaction discussions with:
  • customers
  • allied health professionals
  • dietitians
  • medical specialists
  • Seeking staff suggestions for menu items