Friday, December 21, 2007

'Tis the Season

This is the season for large family gatherings. And while it's mostly filled with fun and festivity, it is also a time when flu bugs and digestive problems make their rounds thanks to all the hugging & kissing going on.

But if you are a nursing mother who finds herself battling digestive problems, at least the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce & toast) diet is dairy and soy-free. Except for the toast. Watch out for the hidden soybean oil and soy lecithin in most sliced breads!

If you need the BRAT diet and can't find a suitable sliced bread for toasting, I am a big fan of CARR'S TABLE WATER CRACKERS, which contain no milk or soy products and are easy for a sensitive stomach to digest. Even their Table Water Crackers with Sesame Seeds or with Roasted Garlic & Herbs are good for nursing mothers who need to avoid milk and soy. CARR'S Whole Wheat Crackers are also milk/soy-free.

Note: many of CARR'S other types of crackers contain traces of milk or soy products, so stick with the Table Water Cracker varieties or the Whole Wheat Crackers. The link above will allow you to browse the nutritional content of all of the company's cracker varieties.

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