Death to the BRAT diet. Long live FLUEYMASH!

We’re recovering from a wicked, wicked stomach bug in our house. People always recommend the BRAT diet for that (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast), but it turns out that’s “no longer generally recommended”

Physicians […] point out that the diet is not nutritionally complete and may be deficient in energy, fat, protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B12


So I asked ChatGPT to generate a new acronym with more recommended foods. Say hello to the FLUEYMASH diet:

  • F – Fruit (soft fruits: bananas, applesauce, avocado, pumpkin, and melons)
  • L – Low-fiber starches (white bread, white rice, saltine crackers, cream of wheat, instant oatmeal, and noodles)
  • U – Unseasoned skinless baked chicken or turkey
  • E – Eggs (scrambled)
  • Y – Yogurt or kefir
  • M – Mashed or pureed vegetables
  • A – Apple juice, weak tea, Pedialyte, bone broth, coconut water, and other clear fluids
  • S – Soups (broth-based and low-fiber)
  • H – Hot cereals like oatmeal, cream of wheat, and grits

I’ll never remember all of those but it was a fun use of ChatGPT.

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