THE BRAT DIET. IS IT A GOOD IDEA?

This diet is one of the easiest diets for our digestion system. It is one of the most prescribed diets that all professionals in this field give. It is good for losing weight and protecting the stomach environment in the same time. However there are also some other critics and describing it as very restrictive diet.

What Is the BRAT diet?

BRAT means bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. These are the main foods included in the diet. It can be taken for avoiding problems with food, vomiting, diarrhea, losing weight etc.

 

History of the BRAT Diet

In condition of digestive illness or disorders intestines should rest and be calmed. In that purpose since the 1980s doctors claimed that there is a need for making healthy and liquid diet that will clean the intestines in period of 48 hours. That diet should be with similar effects for adults and children and it should be easy for the whole body.

The very first plan of this diet was mentioned in 1926, but it was finally designed in the 1980s.

 

Foods to eat and avoid on the BRAT diet

This diet allows intake of only few kinds of food and liquid. They should be consumed in prescribed amount in order to satisfy our needs.

FOODS ALLOWED ON THE BRAT DIET:

Bananas

White rice

Applesauce

Toast made from white bread

Soda crackers

 

LIQUIDS:

Water

Juice

Broth

Tea

Electrolyte beverages

 

FOODS TO AVOID ON THE BRAT DIET:

Meat, fish and poultry

Eggs

Dairy products

Fruits other than bananas and applesauce

Vegetables

Nuts and seeds

Whole grains

Beans and legumes

Beverages that contain caffeine

Carbonated beverages

 

ADVANTAGES OF THE BRAT DIET

BRAT diet protects from nausea, diarrhea, irritations on stomach and gut, cholera; kills bad bacteria in the intestines, recovery from heavy stomachaches,

 

DISADVANTAGES OF THE BRAT DIET

Some people can be too sensitive on this diet, others cannot bear and consider it as hard one.

Some of the disadvantages can be vomiting, not enough nutrients in the organism, dehydration, lack of proteins, vitamins, calcium.

 

ALTERNATIVE DIETARY STRATEGIES FOR DIGESTIVE ILLNESS

We propose these ideas for you in order to stay protected from digestive problems and take the BRAT diet in the same time and lose weight.

Take probiotics or eat probiotic-rich yogurt

Take prebiotic fiber

Begin a regular diet within 24 hours of illness, as tolerated: consume small amounts of eggs, meat, vegetable, fish and yogurt

Avoid foods that worsen diarrhea: for example milk, diary, spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, fried food

Include BRAT foods: those mentioned in the beginning

Drink electrolyte-rich fluids

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