What Does the BRAT Diet Consist of? Does it Really Work and is it Safe?
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What Does the BRAT Diet Consist of and Does it Work?

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 11/20/2009

When a doctor recommends the BRAT diet to treat digestive upset, many people often wonder what does the BRAT diet consist of? The BRAT diet consists of basic foods that reduce the amount of stool the body produces.

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    What is the BRAT Diet?

    The BRAT diet is often recommended by doctors to relieve nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can also be used for other stomach alignments. The BRAT diet consists of foods that limit the body’s production of stool. The foods in this diet are low in fat, fiber, and protein.

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    What Does the BRAT Diet Consist of?

    Many people often have the same question, what does the BRAT diet consist of? The BRAT diet is simply an acronym for foods that consist of the diet. The oldest form of the diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These foods are included in the diet because they are easy to digest, low-fiber foods. Most people experiencing stomach upset can tolerate them fairly well.

    Recently, other forms of the BRAT diet have begun to appear including the BRATY diet and the BRATT diet. Both of these are basically the same thing as the original diet; however they do contain other foods. The BRATY diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, and Yogurt. The BRATT diet consists of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea, and Toast.

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    Is the BRAT Diet Safe for Children?

    The diet was once a common recommendation from pediatricians for children with stomach upset. However, it is now believed the diet may actually do more harm than good for young children. Because the foods that are included in the diet are low in fat, protein, and fiber a child will not receive the vital nutrition they need to help their gastrointestinal tract recover after stomach upset.

    It is now recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, that children do not use the BRAT diet. Instead, they should resume their regular diet 24 hours after being ill. It is advised the children consume more fruit, vegetables, and liquids that normal until the stomach upset subsides.

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    Does the Brat Diet Work?

    The diet has shown to be very effective in most people. However, sometimes people may experience no change in their symptoms when using this diet. If this occurs it is recommended you speak with a doctor if diarrhea and vomiting continue for longer than 3 days. If you have a fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit and lightheadedness you should call a doctor. If you experience decreased urine and lack of tear production, speak with a doctor immediately.

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    Are There Any Foods to Avoid?

    After the BRAT diet has been used, it is recommended certain foods are avoided for a couple days to reduce the chance of stomach upset reoccurring. The foods to avoid include fried, greasy, or spicy foods. Any dairy products, including milk should be avoided. Citrus fruits, raw fruits and vegetables, and rich desserts should also be avoided after using this diet. It is best to avoid alcohol and caffeine as well.

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    References:

    “The BRAT Diet" Central Connecticut State University

    “The BRAT Diet" By Louise Chang, MD December 22, 2008 WebMD.com

    “BRAT Diet" Family Doctor

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