BRAT diet: What to eat after a stomach virus
What should you eat after a stomach virus, vomiting or diarrhea? The BRAT diet can help you refuel and recover from stomach disease like norovirus.
What is the BRAT regime?
“The acronym BRAT diet means bananas, rice, applesauce and toast”, says Lena Beal, M.S., RD, LD, a Piedmontese therapeutic dietician.” Historically, it was used in pediatrics when children got sick and could not tolerate anything. But this diet is useful for anyone who has nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.”
Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast are easy to digest, and eating these foods will help you keep food. The fiber in these foods will also help solidify the stool if you have diarrhea.
Is the BRAT diet safe for children?
The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) was once a basic part of the recommendations of most pediatricians for children suffering from stomach pains. The idea was to give the intestine the opportunity to rest and reduce the amount of stool produced. Experts now say that the BRAT diet may not be the best option for sick children.
Because BRAT diet foods are low in fiber, protein and fat, the diet lacks enough nutrition to help a child’s gastrointestinal tract recover. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children return to a normal, age-appropriate diet within 24 hours of illness. This diet should include a mixture of fruits, vegetables, meat, yogurt and complex carbohydrates.
Sick children and adults need a lot of fluid to avoid dehydration. Water is good, but adding broth, a sports drink or a rehydration solution can help replace lost electrolytes.