What is the BRAT diet?
If you have recently had an upset stomach or diarrhea, your doctor may suggest that you limit your diet to bland foods that won’t irritate your stomach. The BRAT diet is a bland-food diet that is often recommended for adults and children. BRAT stands for :
They include the BRATY diet, which stands for:
And the BRATT diet, which stands for:
Once your symptoms have subsided, you can start transitioning back to a normal diet, but you'll want to stick to a relatively bland diet for a couple of days. Avoid the following foods:
- Milk and dairy products
- Fried, greasy, or spicy foods
- Rich desserts
- Raw fruits and vegetables such as corn on the cob, onions, beets, raisins, figs, and cherries
- Citrus fruits (oranges, pineapples, grapefruits) and juices
- Alcohol and caffeinated drinks
- It includes “binding” foods. These are low-fiber foods that can help make your stools firmer.
- It includes bananas, which are high in potassium and help replace nutrients your body has lost because of vomiting or diarrhea.
When should I avoid the BRAT diet?
How long should I follow the BRAT diet?
You should be able to start eating a more regular diet, including fruits and vegetables, within about 24 to 48 hours after vomiting or having diarrhea.
- Diarrhea that lasts for more than three days
- A temperature of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Reduced urine
- No tears or sunken cheeks