BRATT Diet Phase 2

This information explains what to eat in phase 2 of the BRATT (Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Tea, Toast) diet.

The goal of the BRATT diet is to ease your gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as diarrhea (loose or watery bowel movements) or vomiting (throwing up). Depending on how serious your symptoms are, it’s important to start adding foods back into your diet slowly.

The BRATT diet is limited in foods you can eat, so it’s important to work with your clinical dietitian nutritionist to meet your specific nutrition needs by getting enough calories, protein, and other nutrients.

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Types of Fiber

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body can’t digest. There are 2 main types of fiber:

Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber may pass through your body quickly and can make diarrhea worse. Insoluble fiber is found in the skins of fruits and vegetables, legumes (such as beans and lentils), seeds, and whole grains. These types of foods are not recommended on a BRATT diet.

Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to make a gel. This can make your stool (poop) more solid. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peaches, bananas, and rice. These types of foods are recommended on a BRATT diet.

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Fluid Intake

Along with changing the types of foods you eat, it’s important to drink plenty of water, liquids, and soups. Drinks with electrolytes, such as sports drinks and clear nutritional supplement drinks, are good choices. Drinking lots of liquids will help you avoid dehydration (loss of body fluid).

It’s best to drink most of your liquids between your meals, not with them. This helps you avoid getting too full during your meals.

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BRATT Diet Phases

The BRATT Diet has 2 phases. This is the second phase of the diet.

More food items have been added to food items from phase 1 These foods have been added to your diet as you tolerate food items from phase 1 without experiencing worse GI symptoms.

Food Groups

Eat

Milk and Dairy Products

  • Rice milk,  
  • Lactaid®
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk
  • Soy cheese
  • Plain yogurt

Vegetables

  • Skinless baked, roasted, boiled, or mashed white potatoes or sweet potatoes
  • Baked, roasted, boiled, or mashed yucca
  • Baked, roasted, boiled, or mashed plantains
  • Canned vegetables or very well-cooked vegetables without seeds, stems or skin (such as green beans, squash, carrots, asparagus)

Fruit and Juices

  • Bananas
  • Applesauce,
  • Baked peeled apples
  • Canned soft fruit,  
  • Melon (such as cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon (up to 1 cup per day)
  • Watered-down fruit juice (except prune) without pulp

Breads and Grains

  • Breads products made with white flour (including flour tortillas, English muffins, bagels)
  • Saltine, graham, and rice crackers
  • White noodles and pasta
  • Couscous
  • Soft pretzel
  • Cereal with less than 3 grams of fiber (such as Rice Krispies®, Rice Chex®, or Corn Flakes®), Cream of Rice®
  • Oatmeal (not steel cut)
  • White rice
  • Rice porridge

Proteins

  • Grilled, roasted, or baked chicken (without skin)
  • Roasted or baked turkey (without skin)
  • Grilled, roasted, or baked lean fish (cod, haddock, pollock, flounder, halibut, tilapia)
  • Hard or soft boiled, scrambled, or poached eggs, egg whites, or egg beaters (up to 2 whole eggs per day)
  • Tofu
  • Creamy nut butters such as peanut butter, almond, cashew, etc.           (1 tablespoon per day)

Beverages

  • Electrolyte drinks (such as Pedialyte®)
  • Decaffeinated coffee (with or without Lactaid or non-dairy milk)
  • Tea (without caffeine)
  • Gatorade ®
  • Crystal Lite®
  • Caffeine-free regular or diet soda in moderation (Ginger ale, 7-Up®, Sprite®, cola), seltzer water
  • Smoothies made with any of the “above” foods
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