- July 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm #107809
MagicMBMemberTopics: 2Replies: 2
I noticed that the following nuts are mentioned on the ‘Foods to eat’ list of thecandidadiet:
Almonds, Coconut meat, Flax Seed, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts
Notes: “These nuts are healthy and have a low mold content. If you’re still worried about mold, soak them in a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution for a few hours.”
Also, pumpkin seeds is listed as the ninth food on the ’10 Foods That Will Fight Your Candida’ page on thecandidadiet.
Yet I only find Coconut Flour & Coconut appearing as the only test food after two weeks on the stricter diet. The only other nuts that appear on the diet are only as part of Phase 2 i.e. Cashews & almonds (preferably soaked in water for several hours to remove any possible mold), but these can only be introduced once the Candida symptoms have completely vanished, usually between 6 and 12 months into phase 1 and there is no mention about pumpkin seeds or any of the other nuts e.g. Walnuts, Almonds.
I have quite a bit of experience following a more restrictive diet (SCD) as part of my IBD (UC) condition, which many believe to be a problem relating to bad bacteria overgrowth in the colon. While on the SCD diet I was always of the opinion that nuts, nut flours and nut butters in general are safe to consume and I must say that they have been invaluable on my earlier diet, especially as a snack and in baked goods. No guess as to what I thought, when I realised that I could no longer indulge in nuts and nut products.
I am really wondering about the reason why the majority of nuts have been left off the stricter diet and why only some are mentioned as introductory foods as part of Phase 2.
MBJuly 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm #107818
rasterParticipantTopics: 104Replies: 6828
They should be a phase 2 item and if this is not stated, we can address it. The reason nuts are not on stage 1 of the diet is because they contain molds which benefit the candida. Even though it states they are low molds, they do contain enough molds to the point where they can set back your progress.
-rasterJuly 18, 2013 at 7:26 pm #107827
MagicMBMemberTopics: 2Replies: 2
Thanks for your reply
raster;46339 wrote: The reason nuts are not on stage 1 of the diet is because they contain molds which benefit the candida. Even though it states they are low molds, they do contain enough molds to the point where they can set back your progress.
I thought this was the main issue, but then the Phase 2 of the diet mentions
‘Cashews & almonds (preferably soaked in water for several hours to remove any possible mold)’
By this I assumed there may be another reason for not allowing nuts on Phase 1, simply because it states that soaking them in water for several hours removes any possible mold. I made a mental note in regard to this straight away and when I also read about the the higher mold content of some nuts like Cashews (as per ‘Foods to Avoid’ thecandidadiet’ page) I stopped buying my favorite Cashews nut butter immediately since there is no way of knowing how the manufacturer processed this.
However, I was hoping that I could perhaps prep the nuts myself somehow, even if it’s a lengthy process. I also seem to recall someone, somewhere (apologies for being so vague here) mentioning that soaking nuts in a diluted Grapefruit Seed Extract could perhaps do the trick as far as any mold content is concerned.
Also, what about nuts in their shells like Whole Walnuts. Are they not less likely to contain mold?
Judging by my interest and persistence about this topic, I may have developed quite a bit of an addiction to nuts (Walnuts, Almond & Chashew in particular) ever since I stopped consuming refined sugars and grains on the SCD diet and now I am a little concerned that I will go nuts if I were to be deprived of my beloved alternative food source until Phase 2, which could be quite a way down the road.
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