Candida Diet Information

There are some vegetables that will actually inhibit the growth of Candida: Peppers, Celery, Radish, Eggplant, Asparagus, Spinach, Zucchini, Okra, Tomatoes, Avocado. Organic is always best if you can find it.

Avoid starchy vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn.
Avoid all squash except zucchini.
Avoid beets, peas, parsnips.
Avoid all beans (except kidney, lima, red and green beans.) They contain high sugar and can contribute to Candida overgrowth.

You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, lightly steamed or grilled. A little butter and salt are also OK. Not only do vegetables starve the Candida of its sugar and mold diet, they also absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body.

Live yogurt cultures (or probiotics) are a class of supplements that help your gut repopulate itself with good bacteria. The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system. Good bacteria will also produce anti-fungal enzymes that can help you fight Candida.

Protein foods like organic beef, chicken, fish and eggs are all good for you anyway, but they serve an extra purpose in an Anti-Candida Diet. Almost completely free of sugars and mold, they fill you up while restricting the Candida’s appetite and growth. Try to eat fresh and organic meat if possible. Toxins from an animals non organic diet will concentrate in it’s fat and flesh. Processed meat, like lunch meat, bacon and spam, is loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulphates and sugars. Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided.

Another high protein option that starves Candida and restricts its growth are Nuts and Seeds. Avoid peanuts and pistachios as they tend to have a higher mold content. Also consider soaking other nuts in water to remove any mold on the outside. Wheat and rye are to be avoided but, there are other grains that you can eat. If you like toast in the morning, try millet bread instead of your usual brand. Rice is OK for a Candida Diet, but get brown rice or preferably wild rice. For cereal at breakfast, try a low-sugar variety of oat bran or rice bran.

Our guidelines for a yeast-free diet

1) Avoid Refined non- whole foods like sugary, yeasty foods:

  • Beer, wine, and all other forms of alcohol
  • White Breads, rolls, pretzels, pastries, cookies, and sweet rolls
  • B–complex vitamins and selenium products, unless labeled “yeast–free”
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (unless raw, unpasturized, organic) or foods containing vinegar, such as mustard, salad dressings, pickles, barbeque sauce, mayonnaise Commercially prepared foods such as soups, dry roasted nuts, potato chips, soy sauce, cider, natural root beer, olives, and sauerkraut

2) Avoid mold-containing and mold-supporting foods:

  • Pickled, smoked or dried meats, fish, and poultry
  • Cured pork bacon
  • All cheese, aged or fresh
  • Mushrooms
  • Tempeh
  • Soy sauce, tamari, and miso
  • Peanuts, peanut products, and pistachios
  • Herbs and teas that may be moldy
  • Malt or foods containing malt
  • Canned or prepared tomatoes (fresh tomatoes are fine)

3. Avoid all concentrated sugars:

  • Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, agave
  • Fruit juices (canned, bottled, or frozen)
  • Dried fruits
  • All processed sugar
  • Anything containing high-fructose corn syrup
  • High glycemic index foods

What foods can you eat in a Candida diet?

  • All fresh vegetables — a large variety, raw or lightly steamed, is best; be sure to include dark green leafy vegetables.
  • Fresh protein at every meal, including beef, chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, and shellfish. Organic is best, but fresh is essential.
  • Complex carbohydrates, including grains (rice, buckwheat, barley, millet, couscous), whole grain oatmeal, beans (kidney, lima, red beans, and green beans), and certain types of pasta (whole wheat, spelt, corn, rice). Be careful not to get too many carbs — 15 grams per meal maximum.
  • Unprocessed nuts and seeds, except peanuts.
  • Unrefined olive, sesame, safflower and corn oils (be sure to keep them in the refrigerator after opening to prevent spoiling).
  • Lemon juice with oil for salad dressing — this may be a prepared product, but be careful to avoid any salad dressing that contains vinegar.
  • Beverages such as mineral or spring water, soy milk, and unprocessed nut milks. Limited quantities of fruit (three daily), unless you see a reaction, then limit to twice weekly. Avoid grapes, raisins, dates, prunes and figs.

If you notice an adverse reaction to certain foods, remove them from your diet for 4–6 months. If you know you’re upset by something but aren’t sure what it is, there’s a simple way to isolate your food sensitivities: don’t eat the same foods every day. Instead, rotate what you eat over a 4–5 day cycle. (Remember, it can take up to 72 hours for the adverse food reaction to appear.) By a process of elimination, over time you’ll identify the foods you’re sensitive to. It might help to keep a diary of what you eat at each meal, how you feel, and your bowel movements.