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Aug 7, 2006 10:08 PM

what to eat after food poisoning?

had a mild case of food poisoning last week and then drank gatorade all day. got hungry later and the only thing in the house that seemed safe was pecans. they seemed to be OK (but again - this was a very mild case compared to my other experiences.) Then i had a craving for potato chips and ate about 1/3 of a bag of salt and vinegar kettle chips. this also seemed to be OK.

But for more touch and go cases - for any case really - what is recommended fare during/after recovery from a little food poisoning

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  1. The BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.

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    1. re: Snackish

      I ate some funky Yangzhou fried rice in...Yangzhou, and I think it contained participants from all groups of the archaic food pyramid.

      BRAT became a good friend the next day. The Kewpie jam I used for the Carrefour toast didn't help though.

    2. The typical diet that is recommended by most doctors is the BRAT diet. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Those foods are the least disruptive to the belly. Sipping flat ginger ale is also recommended.

      Feel Better!

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      1. re: chocolate chick

        That's interesting - I had some bananas at home (which I love) but the thought made me queasy while I was recovering so i avoided.
        I know this is going to sound strange, but I had friends visiting from the other side of the country the day after my dismantling, and they really wanted chinese. So the first meal i had afterwards was crab in black bean suace (is there anything more difficlut and messy to eat?!?); singapore noodles; choy sum; etc.
        I had a coke too and the fizz was what bothered me most actually - could feel it going from side to side in my intestine, and actually felt that all weekend. Today it's much milder, but still there.

        1. re: mr mouther

          Yeah, the carbonation is rough. There is nothing worse than a stomach virus or food poisoning. I feel for you.

        2. re: chocolate chick

          > most doctors [recommend] the BRAT diet

          I'll second this sound medical advice with unfortunate firsthand experience and suggest adding Pedialite and saltines to the shortlist.

          There just isn't anything that your body will keep down for a while so you'll want formless (easily digestible), tasteless matter coming back up when it does.

        3. 24 hours of clear liquids (ones you can see through--i.e. not milk and not orange juice and not broth with noodles) and then the BRAT diet for 24 hours.

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          1. re: lintygmom

            After 24 hours of BRAT am i allowed to eat whatever i want?

          2. haven't heard of BRAT, my choice would be something like cereal (especially JustRight).

            1. I usually have Chinese rice porridge (jook). You boil 1/2 cup of rice in 5 cups of water until it is the consistency of thin oatmeal. If you think you can stomach it, add in some chicken breast at the beginning of cooking for some flavor. Season with soy sauce or salt. It is extremely bland but very light, effective, and helps to hydrate the body again. An old Chinese remedy!