Hello All, we have recently approached to Casey O’Dell who is a Dietitian and Nutritionist at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and Casey O Nutrition.
She has discussed few points related to BRAT Diet with Dish for Diet.
Read on to have a brief glimpse of our exclusive discussion.
I’m Casey, a Dietitian and Nutritionist at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and run my own business – caseyonutrition. I have worked in the industry for 12 years now in many areas. I currently work in gastroenterology with specialist doctors and see a wide range of gastro-related nutritional issues.
I am glad to share my knowledge through this amazing health blog.
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Me – What you Think About BRAT Diet?
Casey – The BRAT Diet is quite dated. It is a diet that restricted intake to 4 foods – Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. The idea was that a low fibre ‘gentle’ intake would aid recovery and not irritate the gut. It used to be given by doctors as advice for both adults and children with gastro-like symptoms like vomiting and diarrhoea.
I don’t support or recommend this diet – not only is it unnecessarily restrictive, It doesn’t provide the nutrients needed to recover well. In fact, newer research has shown that certain types of carbohydrate based foods known as FODMAPs can actually irritate your gut more and both Applesauce and Toast are high in FODMAPs.
Me – In Which Conditions You Suggest to Go for BRAT Diet?
Casey – There are no conditions I would recommend this diet.
Me – What Variations You Suggest for toddlers? or What Variations You Suggest for adults? or What things to avoid when someone is following BRAT diet?
Casey – I would actually suggest to someone who was suffering gastro-like symptoms to ensure they keep their fluids and electrolytes up – with drinks such as gastrolyte or hydralyte and start eating as normal as possible including a mix of fruits and vegetables, dairy, proteins and complex carbohydrates.
Toddlers are more at risk of dehydration and complications so the sooner they return to normal eating the better, but hydration should be the priority.
Me – We have come to know that many experts do not recommend BRAT diet now, is it true or false? Kindly explain in detail;
Casey – This is true. As previously mentioned the diet is unnecessarily restrictive and may delay the recovery process. The sooner you can eat normally again the better. It is now widely known that this diet is not recommended.
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