If you’re a parent, chances are good you’ve heard of the BRAT diet. It’s an often-used home remedy designed to help nurse people back to health after a bout with an upset stomach.
BRAT stands for banana, rice, applesauce, and toast. The idea behind the diet is that eating only bland, low fiber foods for a period of time will give the intestinal tract a chance to heal.
There’s no particular ratio for how much a person should eat each food on the list. If they tolerate applesauce, there’s no need to also serve equal portions of bananas, rice, and toast.
Studies have shown that bananas, particularly slightly green ones, help with digestive issues. According to WebMD, the probiotics and potassium they contain are especially important after an upset stomach.