The BRAT diet consists of foods that are relativelybland, easy to digest, and low infiber. Low-fiber foodsare recommended because foods high in fiber may causegas, possibly worsening the gastrointestinal upset.
In 2007, Debora Duro and Christopher Duggan reportedthat bananas and rice have been shown to have a positiveeffect on the bowels with recommended caution.
research has found that rice may offer anti-secretorybenefits. Rice-based oral re-hydration solutions helpdecrease stool volume and stop diarrhea sooner.
The banana’s high content of amylase-resistant starchis broken down into short-chain fatty acids in thecolon, a process that may reduce water and electrolytelosses and benefit GI symptoms.
Duro and Duggan cite one study in which adding pectin(which is provided by the applesauce so does the toast)or bananas to the diet significantly decreased stoolweight and stopped diarrhea much sooner, compared with arice diet alone.