Information for patients, their families and helpers
Diet: Eating out and convenience foods
If you eat only basic foods prepared and cooked at home, the list of foods will show you what to avoid and what you may safely eat.
If you eat away from home or wish to use ready made dishes and convenience foods you must find out the ingredients by asking the right questions and reading food labels. Food manufacturers do change their products and new ones are constantly appearing so you need to check regularly.
- Ingredients to avoid: butter; butter oil; ghee; cream; cheese; whole milk; milk fat; beef fat; animal fats; fish; beef; lamb
- Foods recommended for vegans are safe - as long as they do not contain nuts.
- Fats supplied to caterers often contain animal fats (usually fish oils). They do not always carry a list of ingredients on the packet.
- Sandwiches - ask for dry bread so as to avoid using butter or spreads (salad or mayonnaise can be added for moisture instead).
- Avoid cakes, biscuits, pastry - unless they are vegan and nut free.
- Eat only non-dairy ice cream.
- Beware sorbets - some have added cream.
- Indian meals are traditionally cooked with ghee (clarified butter) so are best avoided.
- Chinese meals are safer unless they contain beef or fish. They are usually prepared with vegetable oils.
- Sauces in French dishes usually contain butter so are best avoided.
Page last updated 26 June 2006