I hear you on all of the varieties of information that is out there, it is certainly very confusing starting out and trying to choose a good diet to follow. I believe this is one of the major headaches with candida and everyone seems to have their own opinion (on the internet) to what is effective and what is not.
The main question you should ask when choosing to eat a food is this: How can this food benefit me?
There is a variety characteristics you should consider when eating foods, and here are some that come to mind:
-Is it anti-inflammatory?
-What is the GI(glycemic index) rating?
-How much sugar exists within this food item per serving?
-Is it nutritional and does it it have a variety of (good) vitamins?
-Is it a prebiotic or probiotic food item (does it feed the beneficial bacteria of the gut?)
-Does it contain molds (such as a dried food item)?
-Does it contain starch? (if so what %?)
-Does it contain dairy?
-Is it a grain (wheat, rye, rice, corn, etc?)
-Is this (relatively) fresh food I am eating?
-Is this food item organic?
-Is this a distilled food item (vinegar, alcohol, soy, etc?)
-Does it contain good oils?
-Does it contain table salt?
-Is this food item anything I am allergic to and how much?
-Am I rotating this food item with others?
-How well can I digest this food item?
Do I get an allergic food reaction to this item such as:
-The “indian rug burn” feeling that is similar to hyperventilation?
These are factors I take into account for my personal diet and it explains how the food list was created and why certain items exist in the food list or not. Remember, as you get better, you can start eating a wider variety of foods as you can tolerate them and this will open additional avenues of health in your treatment. I did not create the food list but I know of the factors able took into consideration to create the list.
I personally look as rice as a cheat food item and its a good thing to eat once in awhile when you want a good treat. Early in your treatment, eating it everyday or very frequently can pose problems because of the starch and sugar content, but later in your treatment it shouldn’t phase you(or feed candida) very much in general. All foods you eat, even on the food list, can feed candida…its just a matter of choosing foods candida cannot live on as good as others.