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A rice based diet with green banana or pectin reduced diarrhoea in infants better than a rice alone diet

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 QUESTION: In Bangladeshi infants with persistent diarrhoea, is a rice based diet with green banana or pectin more effective than a rice alone diet in reducing diarrhoea?


7 day randomised {allocation concealed*}, blinded (clinicians, patients, outcome assessors, and statisticians),* controlled trial.


International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh.


62 boys who were 5 to 12 months of age (mean age 8.7 mo) with a history of loose stools (> 3/d) for ≥ 14 consecutive days; absence of concurrent illness, severe infection, or severe malnutrition; no receipt of antimicrobial or antidiarrhoeal agents within 7 days; and ability to take oral feed. All patients completed the study.


Patients were allocated to a rice based banana (250 g/l of cooked, green bananas) (n=22), rice based pectin (Sigma, St. Louis, MO, …

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  • Information provided by author.

  • Source of funding: US Agency for International Development.

  • For correspondence: Dr G H Rabbani, Centre for Health and Population Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh. rabbani{at}