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Old 07-19-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Foods that are binding

What besides cheese and white rice are binding?

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Old 07-19-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Re: Foods that are binding

Hi kingie,

In terms of binding foods, it's helpful to remember the letters B-R-A-T

B- for bananas—especially good to replace lost potassium

R-rice—It's very easy to digest and it's a good binding starch

A- for apple sauce but NOT APPLES.

T- is for toast—easy to tolerate and, like rice, it's a binding starch.

When you start to feel a little better you can start adding LOW FIBER foods like:
White meat chicken, NO SKIN.
Scrambled eggs
Crackers, pasta noodles, and white bread. Obviously pasta with NO SAUCE. And toast or crackers DRY. (blechhh, I know, but you'll heal faster!)
Canned or cooked fruits but NO SKINS-you don't want too much fiber yet.

Stay away from RAW fruits and veggies.
Stay away from fatty, greasy, fried food.
Spicy foods can play havoc on the gut. So stay bland for a while, as boring as it may be.
Stay away from hi fiber stuff like bran, some cereals and as I said above, no RAW fruits and veg. Also no dried fruits either. NO beans. No nuts. NO popcorn...all hi fiber.

AVOID milk and dairy products like the plague and that includes CHEESE... they can make diarrhea worse and should not be eaten for at least a week after the diarrhea has passed
AVOID alcohol and coffee ...even decaf.

Have fun! lol

zuzu xxx

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Re: Foods that are binding

I also find peanut butter to be binding and easy to digest when I have bad diarrhea.

Old 07-20-2009, 05:52 AM   #4
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Re: Foods that are binding

The BRAT diet is what is advised for illnesses that include diarrhea - so that would be bananas, rice, applesauce and tea (black tea generally). All of these are binding. You want to avoid fruit pectin and rice. Any wholegrain would be helpful, prune juice and adding fiber to your diet. Vegetables are good too. Some dairy can be binding as well - just be moderate.

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Re: Foods that are binding


I respectfully beg to differ with your suggestion of prune juice. Prune juice is a LAXATIVE and will worsen diarrhea!

zuzu xx

P.S. I'm also a little confused that while you suggest the BRAT diet (which is perfect)- you then said avoid rice

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