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BRAT DIET…EVOLVED

Posted by JENIE=) Saturday, October 24, 2009

Banana-Rice-Apple-Tea (BRAT) Diet for the common diarrhea has evolved but it seems that some are still living with the ancient diet guide.

Just this evening as I was conversing with my brother dietitian during supper, he shared of uninformed nurses of the evolution of this specified diet. If before the patient suffering from Loose Bowel Movement was restricted of any other food intake but the BRAT, just as technology continues it’s growth, knowledge did likewise; and so the patient is not to be starved but fed with more nutritious foods to combat vitamin and mineral loss. Dehydration does not only mean fluid loss, but electrolytes as well; Sodium and Potassium are amongst them which were the first to be discharged thus foods high in these minerals are to be given as replacement. Banana and apple are good sources of such and that is the reason it is the first in the list. Instead of tea, apple juice and/or electrolyte solutions should be included in the meal tray (Gatorade is a readily available source). Crackers, toasted bread or rice in the form of gruel (in light consistency so as not to burden the gut), boiled chicken breast, egg or fish as protein source are also appropriate to be provided as in any other diet.

In conclusion, THEY CAN EAT! Just keep the meals small but frequent, non-fatty and none too heavy and difficult to digest. Vegetables are to be omitted since they attract water thus not helping our goal in halting watery stools. So next time you have it…EAT but choose the right food!

1 Responses to BRAT DIET…EVOLVED

  1. Liz Says:
  2. My kids' pedia also recommended inihaw na kamote and coke.

    Hi Jenie! It's good to see you back. Thanks for visiting. :)

    Happy Tuesday!

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