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?
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