What You Can Eat for a Stomachache: The BRAT Diet

If you have a stomachache you probably don’t feel like eating anything at all.  However, food is necessary.  Fortunately, there are some foods that go easy on digestion even when you have a sore tummy.  Some people criticize natural medicine, but there are some home remedies that work, (and I am talking from personal experience).  The following diet has been recommended by professional doctors and nurses as well, (but get advice from your own professional for verification).  The diet to follow is the BRAT diet which stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.  These are the foods that you can eat when you are sick to your tummy.

How Bananas Are Good for You

So, let’s talk a little about Bananas.  Bananas are good in many ways and are good for you even when you’re not sick.  Bananas have some excellent nutrients in them.  They have: potassium, Vitamin B6, maganese, and Vitamin C.  They have 24 grams of net carbs in them, so you know that you are going to have something solid in your stomach instead of nothing.  They also have a good amount of fiber in them, and fiber is good for indigestion. (11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-bananas).

How Rice Benefits You

Rice is a very beneficial food.  Like bananas, rice also contains fiber, (brown rice more than white rice). It has plenty of minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese. It comes with vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin.  The omega-6 fatty acids in rice are known for their pro-inflammatory properties, which means it will help a stomachache. (10 Incredible Benefits Of Rice, https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/cereal/health-benefits-of-rice.html).

The Good Things About Applesauce

Applesauce is another food in the BRAT diet that has fiber.  It also includes Vitamin C and pectin.  For the BRAT diet you should use the unsweetened varieties.  You can add cinnamon though, because cinnamon can act as an anti-inflammatory. (Benefits of Unsweetened Applesauce, http://thescienceofeating.com/2014/11/10/benefits-of-unsweetened-applesauce/).  Applesauce is also easily digestible, helping an upset stomach.

How Toast Is Good for You

Finally, Toast has it’s uses in helping an upset stomach as well.  It has starch in it and starch has nutrients that will help fill you up when you’re not feeling good.  Once again, toast includes fiber like all the other foods in the BRAT diet.  It also contains selenium and manganese, (Bread, Multi-Grain, toasted (includes whole-grain) Nutrition Facts & Calories, http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/baked-products/4847/2).  Toasting bread increases the carbon and ash residues on the surface, providing gastric relief since it soaks up toxins in the stomach. (6 Foods to Eat if You Have a Stomach Ache, https://www.bustle.com/articles/72907-6-foods-to-eat-if-you-have-a-stomach-ache).

As you can see, all foods in the BRAT diet have value.  Every food in the BRAT diet is also good for diaherra as well as a stomachache.  Each food can help with different problems for many different ailments.  I have also used this diet to relieve the pain of a urinary tract infection.  These foods are all bland foods which means they are not hard on the stomach.  When my daughter was going through bouts of diaherra and constipation, her pediatrician gave me information on this diet. Some sources list other foods as being helpful to a sore stomach, so I recommend talking to your doctor more if you’re not feeling well.  You can enjoy all these foods when you’re feeling good as well as when you’re feeling ill.


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