Candida Diet: Foods to Avoid

Candida Diet: Foods to Avoid

Foods to Avoid in Stage 1

Category Foods to Avoid Why? Notes / Exceptions
FRUIT Fresh Fruit

Dried Fruit

Canned Fruit

Fruit Juice

  • The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida
  • Fruits like melon may also contain mould
  • A squeeze of lemon is OK
  • In Step 2 you can reintroduce low sugar fruits like apples and berries
AGED CHEESE Cheeses aged for 6 months or more
  • Holistic practitioners recommend that Candida sufferers dramatically reduce their dairy intake
  • Candida prevents the body from processing fat properly
  • Only aged cheeses need to be eliminated completely
  • A small amount of Swiss or Mozzarella cheese every once in a while should not hurt
ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES Citric Acid

Anything on the list of ingredients that you don’t know or can’t pronounce!

  • Citric acid is derived from yeasts
  • Chemicals can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish
  • Citric acid is often found in tomatoes
  • Non-organic food like meat or eggs can also contain residual levels of antibiotics and steroids that were used during the farming process
ALCOHOL Wine

Beer

Spirits

  • Alcohol is high in sugar that can feed the growth of the Candida yeast
  • Alcohol also puts stress on your organs and immune system
  • Mixing alcohol and Candida is like opening all your windows in a house fire – you don’t want to feed the problem
  • Alcohol can be reintroduced in Stage 3, when the diet starts to work, but in small amounts
CAFFEINE / STIMULANTS Coffee

Tea

Energy drinks

  • Caffeine, sugar and sweetener all kickstart Candida
  • Taurine in energy drinks is another culprit
  • Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine
CHOCOLATE Chocolate

Chocolate drinks

  • Candida loves the sugar in chocolate
  • Candida sufferers often get sweet cravings. Put your Candida on a starvation diet – don’t eat chocolate.
GLUTINOUS FOODS Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta
  • Some Candida sufferers have high sensitivity to Glutens
  • Give your immune system a break and allow it to focus on the Candida
SPICES / CURRIES Curries

Spicy foods

  • Curries can kill the friendly bacteria in your gut and allow the Candida yeast to flourish
NUTS Nuts that are high in mould, e.g. peanuts
  • Ingesting mould can promote a Candida outbreak
  • Nuts that were cracked a long time ago, for example sliced almonds, also have time to develop mould
  • If you like nuts, stick to freshly cracked or whole ones
MUSHROOMS / MOULDS Mushrooms

Truffles

  • Candida loves to feed on mould and fungi
  • Leftover food can contain mould that will feed your Candida
  • If you can’t buy fresh, keep leftovers frozen and then cook on a high heat in the oven (not the microwave)
CONDIMENTS Ketchup

Mayonnaise

Mustard

Relish

Horseradish

Soy sauce

Salad dressings

  • Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida
  • For an alternative salad dressing, try Paul Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing
SUGARS Sugars

Honey

Syrup

Lactose

Sucrose

Fructose

  • Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida
  • Stay away from the soft drinks too
  • Sweeteners can also make your Candida worse
  • Sugar-free diet coke can feed your Candida as much as a sugary soft drink
VINEGAR All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vinegar is made in a yeast culture, depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut
  • One particular vinegar, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, can actually be helpful in combating yeast
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