The case for Quinoa

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    M
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    The following links all claim that quinoa is not a grain, but actually a seed. Studies also show that quinoa contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=142&tname=foodspice

    http://www.cookthink.com/reference/111/Is_quinoa_a_grain_or_a_seed

    http://www.grainfreeliving.com/info/118

    http://www.macrobiotic.org/health4.html

    …and there’s more where that came from. So, with that said, does quinoa actually feed candida? And if so, how and why? Can anyone point to any studies that prove this?

    I know people have asked before whether quinoa is acceptable to eat on the candida diet, and the usual answer is no. However, I’d like to see some evidence of why it’s not allowed. Can anyone provide that?

    Thanks in advance.

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    raster
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    The main reason it isn’t on our food list and we don’t recommend it is because of allergies. I and many members on the forum experienced bad allergies from eating it too much. Buckwheat or rice didn’t give me allergies in comparison. If it works for you then go for it, but I only noticed detriment from eating it myself everyday. I also had trouble digesting it where it’d appear in my stools which was also a problem with rice.

    Able probably had a bad experience from it as well.

    -raster

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    M
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    Thanks for posting Raster. Have you and Able considered putting it on the diet as a test item then? I’ve eaten quinoa before (early on in the diet) without any negative effects, yet stopped after seeing it wasn’t on the allowed foods list.

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    Able900
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    M wrote: Thanks for posting Raster. Have you and Able considered putting it on the diet as a test item then? I’ve eaten quinoa before (early on in the diet) without any negative effects, yet stopped after seeing it wasn’t on the allowed foods list.

    In addition to allergic reactions, quinoa has also caused Candida reactions in many members as well as myself over the past few years; this is why I did not and do not intend to add it to the diet.

    Understand that, just because something isn’t on the diet doesn’t mean you can’t eat it. Anything you eat or do not eat is your choice, not ours.

    Able

    #90054

    dvjorge
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    It is impossible to eliminate a fungal infection with a diet.

    If you don’t have any allergic reaction to Quinoa, I see no reason you can use it moderately.

    The diet is to reduce food that increase the growing factor of yeast such as sugar and refined carbohydrates. This include Lactose and Fructose. Complex carbohydrates are less offender than sugars.

    Candida won’t die even if you drink water alone for a year. It is microbe that survives most environmental conditions. Part of the infection is in your intestinal lining. I mean there are epithelial cells infected and blood sugar supply for candida.

    People become obsessive with a diet because the ignorance that surround the internet about this illness.

    Read it:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22757642

    Jorge.

    #90076

    mazz
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    So why are we all doing this, Jorge, if that’s the case? Is there no hope for ever getting any better and being rid of this thing – or at least able to live a semi-normal life?

    #90132

    M
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    @mazz,

    I think he means that diet alone won’t cure your candida infection. You need to follow a complete protocol involving diet, probiotics, natural antifungals and all the required vitamins etc.

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    IBSguy
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    I am VERY suspicious of Quinoa!! I really think it caused me to break out in hives or similar from head to toe! I was itching all over for days! I still am somewhat and that was a month ago. Be careful

    #90155

    Candida Hub
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    Part of getting rid of Candida is becoming more in-tune with your body, so if you feel like you can eat quinoa, then do. I would however add that how you prepare it is very important. When you eat grain-like seeds such as quinoa, you should soak them for at least 8 hours beforehand. They contain phytic acid (also in nuts, beans and other seeds) which makes them difficult to digest; soaking helps to break it down.

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