Treating your Candida can mean making some difficult changes to your eating habits and lifestyle, especially during the strict anti-Candida diet. However, remember that things will get easier once you start to reintroduce foods to your diet again.
Some of these foods provide energy directly to the Candida yeast. Others affect the working of your immune system and reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection. If you really want to beat your Candida infestation for good, give yourself the best start possible by avoiding all these foods.
This list provides a good summary of which foods you should avoid during your Candida treatment. For a larger and more detailed list, check out my Ultimate Candida Diet program.
Foods To Avoid
|CATEGORY||FOODS TO AVOID||NOTES|
|Condiments tend to be high in sugar and can exacerbate your Candida. Stay away from the soft drinks too. Always read food labels to make sure your food doesn't contain sugar. Be careful - the aspartame in diet cola weakens your immune system can leave you vulnerable to Candida.|
|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.|
|GRAINS & GLUTINOUS FOODS||Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta.|
Corn and corn byproducts
|Many Candida sufferers have a high sensitivity to Gluten. Give your immune system a break and stay off gluten during your Candida diet. Corn-by products like popcorn tend to be contaminated with mold.|
|The high sugar content in fruit feeds Candida, even though they are natural sugars. Fruits like melon may also contain mold. A squeeze of lemon is OK.|
|This group of vegetables is very nutrient-dense, however they should be avoided until your Candida overgrowth is fully under control.|
They then can be reintroduced in small portions one at a time.
|MEATS||All pork products|
Smoked or vacuum-packed meats
|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.|
|FISH||All fish except for wild salmon and sardines|
|All shellfish and most fish contain alarming levels of heavy metals and toxins. These will suppress your immune system and leave you vulnerable to Candida. Studies have shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCBs, mercury and other carcinogenic agents.|
|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.|
|ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES||Citric Acid|
Anything you don't know or can't pronounce!
|The manufactured, additive form of citric acid is derived from yeast. However the natural form, as found in lemons and limes, is OK on the diet.|
Additives and preservatives can disrupt your friendly bacteria and allow the Candida yeast to flourish.
Black & green 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. Even decaf tea and coffee are to be avoided, as they contain residual levels of caffeine.|
|This group of nuts contains a high amount of mold, which can inflame your Candida problem.|
|BEANS||Beans and other legumes|
All soy products
|The combination of being hard to digest and high in carbs rules out beans from the first stages of the diet. They can be reintroduced later on in small portions. Soy products are mostly forbidden, as the majority of soy is genetically modified. If you can find non-GMO tofu, it should be OK to eat.|
|MUSHROOMS / MOLDS||Mushrooms|
|Mushrooms don't "feed" Candida as some websites claim, but eating some fungi can cause an inflammatory reaction if you are already suffering from Candida. On the other hand, some medicinal mushrooms are actually OK on the diet and have strong immune-boosting properties. Good examples are Reishi and Maitake.|
|Ketchup, tomato paste, and spaghetti sauces all contain high amounts of hidden sugars. Condiments generally do tend to be high in sugar, and they can exacerbate your Candida. For an alternative salad dressing, try coconut aminos or a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.|
|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. However, one particular vinegar (unfiltered apple cider vinegar) can actually be helpful in combating a Candida overgrowth.|
|FATS AND OILS||Peanut oil|
|Peanut, corn and canola oil are contaminated with mold. And most soy beans used in soy oil are GMO.|