Treating your Candida means making some changes to your eating habits and lifestyle. The Foods To Avoid list contains certain foods that are particularly troublesome for Candida sufferers, like sugary fruits, glutinous grains, and moldy nuts.
In our Ultimate Candida Diet program, we have divided foods into YES, MAYBE, and NO lists. The NO list contains foods that you should absolutely avoid during your treatment, and some of those are listed in the table below. You can see the YES and MAYBE lists here.
Some of the foods in the NO list provide energy directly to the Candida colonies. Others weaken your immune system and reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection, or irritate the intestinal membrane. If you really want to beat your Candida infestation for good, give yourself the best start possible by avoiding all these foods.
Foods To Avoid
This is the ‘NO list’ of foods that should be avoided during your Candida diet. Your diet should include lots of non-starchy vegetables, some probiotic foods, proteins like eggs or white meat, and non-glutenous grains.
|CATEGORY||FOODS TO AVOID||NOTES|
|The high sugar content in fruit is a good food source for Candida, even though the sugars are natural sugars. Most, if not all, fruits should be avoided in the early stages of the diet.|
All fruit juices and dried fruits should be completely avoided, as they tend to have a much higher glycemic load than the fruits themselves.
|Many Candida sufferers have a high sensitivity to gluten. Give your intestines a break and stay off gluten during your Candida diet. Look for non-glutenous pseudograins like millet and buckwheat instead.|
|MEAT & FISH||Pork|
|Pork contains retroviruses that survive cooking and may be harmful for those with a weakened digestive system.|
Processed meats like lunch meat and spam are loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
Large fish like tuna and swordfish tend to contain large amounts of heavy metals and other contaminants.
|Almost all dairy should be avoided except ghee, butter, kefir and probiotic yogurt. Milk contains lactose so it should be avoided. Kefir and yogurt are better because most of the lactose disappears during the fermentation process.|
|NUTS & SEEDS||Cashews|
|This group of nuts contains high amounts of mold, which can potentially irritate your gut and immune system.|
|Many condiments and salad dressings tend to contain large amounts of hidden sugars, which can exacerbate your Candida overgrowth. For an alternative salad dressing, try coconut aminos or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.|
|FATS & OILS||Canola oil|
Fake 'butter' spreads
|Refined and processed vegetable oils are generally bad news for your health, and you should avoid them while on this anti-Candida diet. There are plenty of excellent oils to choose from, without resorting to these over-processed vegetable derivatives.|
|There are at least 50 different names for sugar that can appear on your ingredients label. Typical culprits tend to be condiments, breakfast cereals, and soft drinks. Always read food labels to make sure your food doesn't contain sugar.|
Also be careful with artificial sweeteners like aspartame. It can weaken your immune system and in some studies has been shown to raise blood glucose just like sugar.
|NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS||Black tea|
Diet & regular soda
|Caffeine can cause your blood sugar to rise, but the main problem is that it weakens the adrenals and can impair your immune system. Coffee also contains mold.|
Fruit juices, soft drinks, and energy drinks tend to be loaded with added sugars.
|Drinking large amounts of alcohol can actually lead to a temporary drop in your blood sugar, but moderate amounts tend to increase it. Alcoholic drinks are often full of carbohydrates and associated with high sugar mixers and foods. In the long run, alcohol consumption tends to decrease the effectiveness of insulin, leading to consistently higher blood sugar levels. Alcohol can also increase gut permeability and negatively affect your immune system.|
Are you confused about a food that’s not on these lists? Our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains much larger and more comprehensive lists of foods to eat and avoid, along with detailed information on why each food group is permitted or not.