The best foods to eat when recovering from food poisoning include bland products that are low-fat and low-fiber such as Jell-O, saltine crackers, egg whites and cereal, states Healthline. The BRAT diet, which stands for bananas, rice, applesauce and toast, is a good guideline of foods to eat while recovering, according to FamilyDoctor.org.
Other bland foods to eat include boiled potatoes and clear soup, FamilyDoctor.org reports. The BRAT diet is temporary, and an individual can typically resume eating a normal diet within 24 to 48 hours after vomiting or diarrhea stopped. Foods to avoid after food poisoning include dairy products and sugary and fatty foods, because they are harder to digest and may cause further nausea.
Other foods and products to avoid include alcohol, caffeine, fried foods, nicotine and foods with seasoning, according to Healthline. An individual should wait several hours after diarrhea or vomiting stopped before attempting to start the BRAT or other bland food diet. Ice chips, water and beverages with electrolytes help an individual hydrate after food poisoning. Other liquids safe for consumption include clear sodas, such as 7 Up, decaffeinated tea, and chicken or vegetable broth.
Food poisoning is typically the result of consuming contaminated food or water, and is caused by norovirus, salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter or Staphylococcus 91 percent of the time, explains Healthline.