Special diets

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When planning nutritional needs, you need to take a person special diet requirements. The first thing you need to do is to establish exactly what the dietary requirements are.

This you can do by asking the person or consulting their nutritional records. If you do not understand a particular diet you need to research it more. Never guess and answer, as you may cause the person to become ill or in some cases, it could lead to a series life-threatening condition like an Anaphylactic reaction.

Special diets can be health-based or for other reasons. Heath based diets may be to control food intakes or due to allergies or intolerances.

Examples of these diets are:

  • Diets for the elderly
  • Diets for Diabetics
  • Low-fat diets
  • Gluten-free diets
  • Egg-free diets
  • Weight loss programs
  • Diets for athletes or sports.

Other diets are things include:
Diets for religious belief, where they cannot eat some foods or Vegan or vegetarian diets where they do not eat meats or sometimes any animal products including eggs and dairy products.

It may also be that someone needs a diet high or low in a particular food group, depending on their health or nutritional needs.