A stomach virus or other gastrointestinal issues can make it difficult to hold down food, and some foods trigger more digestive upset. The BRAT diet includes bland foods that are easily digestible and help solidify stool, easing diarrhea. BRAT is an acronym for Bananas, Rice, Apples, and Toast, though the diet includes other foods, as well.
The idea behind the BRAT diet is to eat foods that do not tax the digestive system while still providing some nourishment. It was originally prescribed for children, but anyone experiencing nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea can benefit. Bananas are high in potassium and help replenish nutrients lost due to diarrhea or vomiting. Rice, applesauce, and toast are binding foods low in fiber, considered to firm up bowel movements. People commonly follow the regimen to ease back into regular eating after experiencing an episode of digestive irritation.
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