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Hello, Jeremiah.

I’ve answered such questions as this one several times on the forum, in fact there’s a post dedicated to this very subject.

First of all, carbohydrates are far from the only factor to be considered when you’re planning a Candida diet, in fact, they often take a back seat to several other factors when deciding what does and does not meet the specific criteria for a successful Candida diet.

There are several objectives that are imperative in devising the diet, and without each one of the objectives being present, we may as well ignore the diet altogether while attempting to treat the infestation. In other words, you can’t just toss out a bunch of foods that won’t feed the Candida and think you’ve got a workable diet. What about rebuilding the flora with natural probiotics and rebuilding your immune system with the proper combination of foods? What about feeding the beneficial bacteria natural prebiotics in order to continue their survival? And what about the sometimes-huge problem of weight loss for people on the diet? And shouldn’t we consider the importance of curing the leaky gut syndrome with natural supplements from specific foods as well as preventing further damage? And then you have to take into account the innumerable potential allergens and problematic factors that various foods contain and try to avoid as many of these as possible.

Rebuilding the immune system is a major objective of the diet because this determines the state of our health, and without this we would never defeat the infestation at all; so this is one of several reasons that buckwheat is on the diet. The reason it’s considered a major health-building food for the Candida diet is because of its amazingly high content of health-building nutrients and supplements, but not only the high content, equally amazing is the sheer volume of high-content nutrients it contains such as fiber, plant protein, Alpha-Linolenic acid, B complex as well as other vitamins, the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese, and healthy flavonoids. And we certainly can’t leave out the most beneficial aspect of all, and that’s the fact that it’s a natural prebiotic of which there are far too few.

By the way, even though its name contains the word ‘wheat,’ buckwheat is anything but a wheat product, yet it can serve as a much healthier substitute for wheat in any situation. “Buckwheat” is actually the name of a seed which comes from the wild rhubarb family.

But even with this information … if you still prefer wheat, as I keep stating, no one is going to become upset with you if you choose to eat foods that are not on the diet. We’ll give you the reasons, but in the end, each food choice is yours, not ours.