Home › The Candida Forum › Candida Questions › Starch, grains and anti-nutrients? Raster one more question please. › Reply To: Starch, grains and anti-nutrients? Raster one more question please.
Paul Jaminet from the “Perfect Health Diet” has done a lot of research on candida and carbohydrates.
The problem with Candida is that it thrives on a low carbohydrate diet because it has mitochondria and can metabolize ketones. Normal beneficial bacteria that keep candida in check require carbohydrate to survive. So if you eat a low carb diet already having a candida problem the candida will likely become much worse.
Based on Paul Jaminet’s research and my own experience most people will need at least 800 calories from carbohydrate per day in order to make the immune system strong enough to beat candida.
Personally I have done best with carbohydrate from potato, sweet potato, and sprouted beans. Initially I tolerated all of these sources the best when I ate them away from any fat source. Currently I can now eat these sources as part of a meal with fat with no problem. I experimented a lot with white rice and I can tolerate it just fine but I have found that my appetite self regulates much better when I eat the above sources as opposed to white rice. Likely because the other sources have more protein and minerals than white rice.