After several days of severe food poisoning, we finally have the will to eat again. (Yes, this was the same weekend we were battling grain weevils – fun times!) A few nibbles of toast, a spoonful of rice ... it may be tough to get excited about food but it's important to nourish the body with something. What do you eat while recovering from food poisoning? When food-borne illnesses lead to diarrhea or vomiting, one of the most important aspects of recovery is replacing lost fluids and salt. The National Institutes of Health recommends mild foods like broth, soup, fruit juices, soft fruits, vegetables, and liquid solutions like Pedialyte, and against eating foods high in dairy, fat, fiber, and sugar.
Another recommended course is the BRAT diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. Bland foods like potatoes, crackers, and cooked carrots may also be gentle on the stomach. We often turn to plain congee, although this time the only thing we wanted was instant mashed potatoes (lapsed locavore alert!) and flat ginger ale.
Is there anything you prefer to eat and drink while recovering from food poisoning?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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