This is the best diet that I have ever taken during a diarrhea. I highly recommend anyone, babies included, to take on the BRATTY diet for at least 3 days in the event of constant liquid bowel movements. The BRATTY diet is easily followed as all the ingredients are commonly available anywhere in the world.
BRATTY actually stands for:
Bananas are taken mainly for their high content of amylase-resistant starch that has been shown to protect the gastrointestinal mucosa in animals and reduce symptoms of non-ulcer dyspepsia and peptic ulcer in people. Amylase-resistant starch is broken down into short-chain fatty acids in the colon, a process that may reduce water and electrolyte losses and benefit GI symptoms.
Rice bland and starchy, a pretty good way to introduce food back to your stomach while the starchiness of rice helps to bulk up stools.
Applesauce is used instead of apples because pectin content is much higher after cooking. Pectin is responsible for naturally firming liquid bowl movements. Where I live, applesauce is only available in small quantities as baby food in supermarket shelves. Therefore, I usually make my own applesauce.
Toast is preferred over bread because bread is doughy and harder to digest. Therefore, bread takes longer than the crumbly and dry toast.
When it comes to tea, there are only 4 healthily beneficial ones that come to mind. White, green, oolong and black tea, from the healthiest to the next in that order. White tea is expensive so the next best is green tea. It’s easily obtainable and highly beneficial to the body at a time when diarrhea drains away a lot of electrolytes.
Yogurt is the only dairy product recommended because it contains 0% lactose and super nutritious packed with protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. The live cultures in yogurt also help to replace loss bacteria in the digestive tract.