BRAT, an acronym for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast, is a diet that is generally accepted as being soft enough on the stomach to be recommended when someone has diarrhea or vomiting. BRAT diet may play an important role in diarrheal disease resulting from bacterial infections. The BRAT diet is sometimes used as a first step for infants and toddlers moving toward solid foods. BRAT diet can also be useful after stomach flu, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or other conditions such as ulcers or food intolerance. The BRAT diet consists predominantly of BRAT without the fat and protein which could worsen diarrhea. BRAT has bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast as its primary components.
Rice is acceptable if it’s white rice, not brown rice; BRAT advice states that this should be boiled twice to remove excess water and then left to stand for 30 minutes before serving, but just plain white steamed rice should be good enough- no need go overboard with making the perfect BRAT rice. BRAT advice also states that BRAT should be served cold, but BRAT is fine to eat at room temperature too. BRAT advises against fried bananas or other high-fat foods, but BRAT doesn’t have to not be firm and underripe. BRAT has bananas that are ripe enough for eating since BRAT’s main ingredients are bananas, applesauce, and toast. BRAT diet actually allows the fruit to retain some of its nutritional value for diarrhea.
BRAT can get boring after a while if eaten over multiple days without variation because it does not contain meat or dairy products though one may try adding items like cheese cubes, yogurt, ice cream, scrambled eggs, beef jerky, french fries, and green peas. BRAT can be eaten with pasta, rice, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, and even waffles. BRAT diet also allows honey or jam on toast. BRAT is not just for adults- BRAT diet may help children recover from diarrhea too because BRAT does not contain meat products which could upset the stomach of a child who’s just recovering from an illness. BRAT has applesauce to replace the need for fats such as butter in vegetables like broccoli or cabbage; BRAT advises against adding sugar to the applesauce due to potential interactions with medications that one might be taking.
The BRAT diet is recommended for 24 hours after gastroenteritis (stomach flu) but BRAT doesn’t have to be BRAT all the time- BRAT can get monotonous after a while so BRAT could be BRAT for one day followed by BRAT with something like cheese cubes or yogurt added to it. BRAT may also help people recover from gastroenteritis (stomach flu) over other diets because BRAT doesn’t have dairy products in it which can worsen diarrhea due to stomach flu. The BRAT diet is said to be useful during irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) even though IBS is not caused by bacteria; BRAT allows the body to rest, and if possible, does not require much energy to digest.
BRAT diet contains bananas which are high in potassium, wholegrain toast rich in fiber, applesauce which is a source of fiber, and rice which BRAT says contains iron. BRAT diet has some mangoes as well as bananas as BRAT’s main ingredients; BRAT diet advises against adding sugar to the mangoes due to potential interactions with medications that one might be taking- BRAT also suggests not adding salt to BRAT because high salt intake can worsen diarrhea.
In the End
BRAT may help people recover from diarrhea over other diets whether caused by a bacterial infection or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because BRAT doesn’t have dairy products in it which can worsen diarrhea due to stomach flu or IBS. BRAT does not contain any meat so it would be good for infants starting solid foods since BR doesn’t have meat products in BRAT.
BRAT Diet is a BRAND new diet that has been gaining popularity. BRAT diet may help people recover from diarrhea over other diets whether caused by a bacterial infection or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because BRAT doesn’t have dairy products in it which can worsen diarrhea due to stomach flu or IBS. If you are looking to start this healthy eating plan now, make sure your doctor approves first before making the switch!