Foods to Avoid

Candida foods to avoid

Key Takeaways:

  • Avoid all forms of sugar, including white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar.
  • Avoid sugary foods like candy, cakes, and cookies.
  • Avoid mold-containing foods like cheese, peanuts, and dried fruits.
  • Avoid gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Opt for non-glutinous grains like quinoa, millet, and oat bran instead.
  • Avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn. Opt for non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale instead.
  • Avoid processed meats like sausages and ham. Avoid fish that may contain high levels of heavy metals.
  • Avoid dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. Consider fermented dairy products like kefir and probiotic yogurt if you can tolerate them.

Sugar and Sugary Foods

Candida feeds on sugar, so it’s essential to avoid all forms of sugar, including white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar. You should also avoid sugary foods like candy, cakes, and cookies.

  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave nectar
  • Candy
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Soda
  • Sweetened juices
  • Sweetened breakfast cereals
  • Sweetened yogurt and other dairy products
  • Sweetened condiments like ketchup and BBQ sauce
  • Ice cream and other sweet desserts

Mold-Containing Foods

Some foods contain mold that can promote Candida growth. These include cheese, peanuts, and dried fruits.

  • Cheese, particularly blue, Roquefort, and Stilton
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Dried fruits like raisins, dates, and apricots
  • Bread and baked goods containing yeast
  • Fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, and kombucha
  • Soy sauce and other condiments made with vinegar or soybeans
  • Alcoholic beverages like beer and wine
  • Cured meats like salami and prosciutto

Glutinous Grains

Grains that contain gluten, such as wheat, barley, and rye, can promote inflammation and Candida growth. Opt for non-glutinous grains like quinoa, millet, and oat bran instead.

  • Wheat, including all forms of wheat such as bulgur, durum, and semolina
  • Barley, including pearl barley and barley malt
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Triticale

Starchy Vegetables

Some vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn can promote Candida growth due to their high carbohydrate content. Opt for non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, and kale instead.

  • Potatoes, including sweet potatoes
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Beets

Processed Meats and Fish

Processed meats like sausages and ham contain additives like dextrose, sulfates, and nitrates, which can promote Candida growth. Additionally, fish can contain high levels of heavy metals, which can weaken the immune system and promote Candida growth.

  • Sausages
  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs
  • Cured meats like salami and prosciutto
  • Processed fish like canned tuna or salmon
  • Fish that may contain high levels of heavy metals, such as swordfish, tuna, and mackerel

Dairy Products

Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt contain lactose, which is a form of sugar that can promote Candida growth. However, some people may be able to tolerate fermented dairy products like kefir and probiotic yogurt, which contain beneficial bacteria that can help fight Candida.

  • Milk
  • Cheese, particularly blue, Roquefort, and Stilton
  • Yogurt, especially sweetened or flavored varieties
  • Cream
  • Butter
  • Dairy-based desserts like ice cream and custard

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