Dos and don'ts when recovering from food poisoning

Hydration, more than diet, is the priority for acute gastroenteritis, doctors said.
Hydration, more than diet, is the priority for acute gastroenteritis, doctors said.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The last thing you want to do when you are recovering from food poisoning is to further upset your stomach by eating the wrong food. However, there isn't a strict list of items to avoid, as it is hard to get conclusive evidence on what would benefit every patient. Many doctors would advise you on what to eat based on their own experience, said Dr Goh E Shaun, a specialist in emergency medicine and consultant at Raffles 24 Hour Emergency at Raffles Hospital. In general, doctors advise you to drink plenty of fluids and consume bland foods. Here's what to take note of:

1. Avoid dairy products, which include milk, milk products such as yogurt, eggs, butter and cheeses. Although yogurt may be rich in probiotics - these good bacteria are believed to benefit those recovering from food poisoning - it is a dairy product that can irritate the intestines further, said Dr Goh.

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