5 Things You Need to Know About the BRAT Diet

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The BRAT diet, bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, is the diet of choice for people suffering from diarrhea. This is true for both adults and children. The BRAT diet is low in fiber and residue, which makes it easy on the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Most doctors recommend beginning the BRAT diet after a day or two on clear liquids. This helps the GI tract settle down and get ready to receive food again. It also gives whatever virus or bacteria causing the diarrhea plenty of time to move out of the body.

The BRAT diet, bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, is the diet of choice for people suffering from diarrhea. This is true for both adults and children. The BRAT diet is low in fiber and residue, which makes it easy on the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Most doctors recommend beginning the BRAT diet after a day or two on clear liquids. This helps the GI tract settle down and get ready to receive food again. It also gives whatever virus or bacteria causing the diarrhea plenty of time to move out of the body.

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