Candida Diet Warning! Don't Follow Bad Information Until You Read This

Some medical professionals don't believe the candida diet works for treating yeast related health problems. Others, such as The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, don't believe yeast-related health problems even exist.

Dr. Brent A. Bauer of the Mayo Clinic, believes that there is very little evidence to support the diagnosis of yeast syndrome. He also states that "there are no clinical trials that document the efficacy of a candida cleanse diet for treating any recognized medical condition." He believes that as a result of following the diet and the removal of sugar and processed foods in favor of more fresh foods that naturally the person is going to feel better as a result.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control also does not recognize candida yeast as a health problem so they have never developed a diet. This is why there are so many different yeast diets on the Internet. 

I find it a little amazing that so many doctors believe that yeast related problems don't exist when you consider this very short list of medical  publications:

  • Oral thrush was discovered by Hippocrates in 400 BC. Epidemics Book 3, 1939.
  • Oesophageal candidosis was discovered in 1835 by Veron. Arch Gen MD 8.
  • Vaginal candidosis was discovered discovered in 1849 by Wilkinson. Lancet 2.
  • Cerebral candidosis was discovered in 1862 by Zenker. Jb. Ges. Natur-u-Heik.
  • Disseminated candidosis was discovered in 1890 by Schmorl. Zbl. Bakteriol 7.
  • Candida onychomycosis was discovered in 1904 by Dubendorfer. Dermatol Zbl 7.
  • Cutaneous candida was discovered in 1907 by Jacobi. Arch. Dermatol Syph.
  • Candida arthritis was discovered in 1921 by Goldring. J. Am. Med. Ass. 76.
  • Candida cystitis was discovered in 1927 by Rafin. J Urol. 23.
  • Candida osteomyelitis was discovered in 1928 by Connor. J. Infect. Dis 43.
  • Candida nephritis was discovered in 1931 by Lundquist. Br. J. Urol. 3.
  • Candida endocarditis was discovered in 1940 by Joachim & Polayes. J. Am. Med. Assoc. 115.
  • Candida endophthalmitis was discovered in 1943 by Miale.Arch. Pathol. 35.
  • Candida chorioamnionitis was discovered in 1958 by Bernirschke & Raphael. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 75.

I can guarantee you that all the above discoveries concerning candida yeast-related disease have not gone away since they were discovered. They have all become more prevalent as a result of all the processed foods and antibiotics we use.

Others suggest that there is no way the candida diet would ever work as long as the patient follows diets that allow any grains. Dr. Natasha Campbell- McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, suggests that people with an intestinal yeast issue lack the beneficial flora required to break down sugars. The result is a never ending food supply for the yeast. I agree with this statement, and my own candida diet minimizes carbs and sugars to certain foods that are required to maintain immune function.

What Does Candida Yeast Need to Grow

The most common candida species all assimilate and ferment glucose (sugar and fructose) as a carbon source. The carbohydrate xylitol, however, suppresses its growth. Most of the candida species require biotin for growth, although candida krusei does not require any vitamins to grow. Knowing this, websites suggesting biotin as a way to control candida are giving you bad information. 1, 2

As a matter of fact, a study performed in 1988 and published in Mycopathologia in Dec;104(3):129-35, found that biotin, aminoacids and particularly pH are not important factors in the dimorphism of C. albicans. The only factor of notable importance in the passage of yeast form to mycelial form in C. albicans was glucose concentration. 12

All species of candida yeast can survive quite nicely in a ph range of 2.5 to 8.0. The body maintains blood ph at 7.365, and the stomach will be about 1 to 3 so candida yeast cannot survive in the stomach unless you suffer from a lack of stomach acid. The small intestine will run between 6 to 6.5, and the colon runs from 5.5 to 7.0. The body will do everything in its power to maintain the proper ph, so much that it is just about impossible to get above 8.0. It will dump minerals like crazy to drop alkalinity if needed to accomplish this. If you are too acidic, it will take calcium and other minerals from the bones and teeth to boost ph levels.

Andrew Cutler PHD PE, in his book "Amalgan Illness," suggests that increased alkalinity actually promotes yeast over growth. If we look at the average vaginal ph of 3.8 to 4.5, and according to WebMD, a vaginal ph over 4.5 promotes bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, atrophic vaginitis and vaginal yeast infections, then it is safe to assume Dr. Cutler is indeed correct. A high alkaline diet promotes yeast over growth. This has been proven further by C Monteagudo, A Viudes, A Lazzell, P Martinez, and J L Lopez-Ribot in a study done in 2004. 5

So the websites out there promoting the alkaline diet, or trying to sell you alkaline drops, are once again... giving you bad information. I suggest you keep your meals neutral to the slightly acidic side. This is very easy to do by having a fresh vegetable, such as a salad followed by a cooked vegetable with a meat. The meat is acidic but the vegetables buffer that acidity and the meal will basically end up neutral.

Candida yeast grows in a temperature range of 68 to 98.6F. The body's normal temperature is 98.6F with many people coming in slightly lower thus creating a perfect environment for yeast to grow. Evidence was also found in the above studies that 98.6F is the optimum temperature for candida albicans and candida tropicalis. 3.

All species of candida grow best under aerobic conditions, which means that they prefer oxygen. They will however grow under elevated conditions of carbon dioxide although that growth is slowed. 4,11.

As a matter of fact, under aerobic conditions candida yeast doubles its population in 2 hours. Under anaerobic conditions, it takes 20 hours to double its population. 6,11

So I would not be buying any oxygen drops because they promote candida yeast over growth!

Large numbers of publications also reported that under the right conditions, candida albicans, candida tropicalis, and candida glabrata can double their populations in an hour. I consider part of that doubling equation to be an abundant food supply.

Taking into account all of the above facts that we know about candida yeast, we can rule out an alkaline diet as being an effective candida diet. We can also rule out any product that contains biotin as an effective herbal treatment option. For the most part, alkaline water, ph drops, and sodium bicarbonate are also a complete waste of time, except in cases where you have very acidic water or overly acidic body ph caused by mineral deficiencies. I suggest a neutral ph of 7.0 for drinking water so it does not interfere with the digestive process. There isn't anything you can do about oxygen since you need it to survive but for goodness sakes, don't buy any oxygen drops

We know that candida yeast uses glucose as a carbon source for growth, so an effective candida diet must limit sugar from all sources. This includes grains because they are easily converted to sugar during digestion. However, studies have shown that very low carb candida diets which result in low blood sugar, to the point of ketosis, inhibit neutrophil response against candida. 7, 8, 9. Fasting does not work either. 10. The immune system requires some carbs to function correctly, see the Good Food List.

We also know that we really should substitute sugar with xylitol where we can or use neutral sugars substitutes like Stevia, which is actually an herb.

Because we can only control one out of the five necessary requirements for yeast to grow, it is unrealistic to think that the candida diet alone will resolve any type of yeast over growth. But that doesn't mean you would want to not follow the diet. To do so would give it all it needed to achieve maximum population growth and double its population every hour. The bottom line is, you're going to need to take medically proven supplements to kill it and follow the diet if you want to get it under control.

Below are links to the candida diet Good Foods and Bad Foods lists followed by the basic do's and don'ts. After that list is a link to some Candida Diet Recipes and some suggestions on what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Below that are a couple of links to some very good cookbooks.

The Basic Candida Diet Do's and Don't's


  • Stevia and Stevia Plus are ok as a sugar substitute. However, Xylitol is even better because it is a proven anti-fungal and inhibits candida yeast. It has also been proven to reduce tooth decay in children and adults by reducing bad bacteria. It is very heat stable and makes a great cooking and baking substitute for real sugar. It tastes good, too!
  • The yeast infection diet calls for NO fruit juices because of the sugar and fructose they contain.
  • NO Breaded Meats...All others ok.
  • NO Egg substitutes...Eggs themselves are ok...organic is best since they contain the correct omega fatty acids ratio...with fertile, if you can find them, being the ideal.
  • NO Margarine and butter substitutes.
  • On the yeast infection diet, low-fat yogurt (especially made from goats or organic), cream cheese, sour cream made from real cream, unsweetened whipping cream, and butter are all ok. With yogurt, get the lowest sugar content possible.
  • NO Potatoes and legumes on the yeast infection diet.
  • Fresh vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice ok
  • NO Coffee (regular or decaf), NO Diet or regular sodas. Organic or black tea and herbal teas are ok.
  • Bottled and reverse osmosis filtered water; distilled water is the best for removing toxins but should only be half of the water you drink, freshly squeezed lemonade or lime-ade ok.
  • On the yeast infection diet, most Grains are not allowed...this includes pasta, white rice, corn, wheat, amaranth, buckwheat, oats, and barley.
  • Absolutely NO Yeasts allowed...this includes bread, pastries, alcohol, and hydrolyzed yeasts...Read your labels.
  • NO Pickles, salad dressings, green olives, or soy sauce.
  • Salad dressings made of olive oil, Braggs apple cider vinegar, water, and lemon juice are ok.
  • Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and black olives not aged in vinegar are ok.
  • NO Partially hydrogenated oils including corn and peanuts.
  • Coconut oil, olive, grape seed, and flax seed oils in a cold pressed formula when available are ok.
  • NO Peanuts, peanut products, and pistachio nuts on the yeast infection diet. I would avoid cashews too.
  • Raw nuts including pecans, almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are ok.
  • NO VINEGARS. These include ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, pickles, pickled peppers, hot sauce, salad dressings, green olives, horseradish, dips, and mayonnaise.
  • NO high sugar fruits are allowed but low sugar fruits are ok if you only have one serving per day. Please see the good food list.
  • It is best to avoid tuna, swordfish, shark, Atlantic salmon, and shellfish because of high mercury content.
  • Make sure you eat plenty of fresh vegetables preferably raw or steamed on this yeast infection diet. This is very important on the candida yeast diet because vegetables absorb fungal poisons (mycotoxins) and carry them out of the body.
  • If you are concerned about weight loss, I suggest you increase the amount of good fat you eat. Fat contains 9 calories per gram, carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram so a little extra fat goes a long way. Coconut oil liquid or capsules works very well for this, one tbls or 4 capsules contain 130 calories so a tbls at every meal would give you an extra 520 calories a day. Coconut oil also kills yeast and is easily converted to energy by the body.
  • Do not starve yourself! If you are hungry, eat! But eat the right foods and it will help maintain your weight.
  • If you have kidney disease, you should consult a physician before you go on the candida diet. The kidneys can have a problem with the protein load of this yeast infection diet. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you may not be suitable for this candida diet either because of reduced simple carbohydrates. Please consult a doctor before proceeding.

Expanded List of Candida Yeast Diet Good Foods

Expanded List of Candida Diet Foods to Avoid

Candida Diet Breakfast Ideas

Good candida yeast diet foods for breakfast are eggs, cooked any style, with bacon on occasion, ham, steak, or chicken (not breaded). Grapefruit and vegetable juices are good, especially fresh carrot juice with a clove of garlic. A person could get tired of eating eggs, I must admit, on the yeast diet so just treat breakfast as any other meal. Have chicken salad, raw nuts, or yogurt. Just use a little imagination or skip breakfast entirely.

Candida Diet Lunch Ideas

For lunch, have chicken salad or chicken, fish, or beef patties with a vegetable basted in butter. Don't worry about fats on the anti-yeast diet since you need them for energy production for the body. That is how the body was originally designed to get its energy from. The body was never designed to use sugar from processed grains for fuel, and this is what makes most people fat, as well as feeding candida and other yeasts.

Candida Diet Dinner Ideas

Just about anything goes on the candida diet for dinner, as long as it is an allowed food. Beef, fish, poultry, wild game, and pork occasionally are all ok as the main dish. Raw or lightly steamed vegetables are the best, not over done, but still crisp so you don't kill all the available enzymes in these foods. Herbal teas or water are ok to drink.

I have further expanded upon diet and its affects upon the immune system as it relates to treating yeast infections and illness here. This is definitely a large factor in the cause of this condition along with many others.

People always ask me where can I get a candida diet cookbook? They also tell me they're starving to death and don't know what to eat. The diet is so boring, how did you do it for so long, can I have this or that, and so on. I own and recommend these two cookbooks below.

Primal Cookbook

Quick and Easy Meals

The recipes are mostly candida yeast diet compliant. There are a few that aren't but then my diet is different from most candida yeast diets as well. So just pick and choose keeping the simple carb and sugar content low. There are also more recipes here.

Candida Diet Recipes

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References:

1. Meyer SA, Ahearn DG, Yarrow DG, published in Elsevier Science Publ. in 1984.

2. Braz J Microbiol. 2011 Jul-Sep; 42(3): 1093–1100. Introduction; Paragraph 2, first sentence: "Biotin is required by a variety of yeasts, fungi and bacteria, not only for growth but also for metabolite production".

3. A Watson in 1976, J. Bacteriol; M Lopez and C Silva in 1984, Z. Allg. Mikrobiol 24; V. Uden and H. Buckley in 1970, The Yeasts; Lemos-Carolino and Madeira-Lopes in 1984, Sabouraudia 22.

4. Iralu, Appl. Microbial 22, 1971 and CE Webster, FC Odds J. Med. Vet. Mycol. 25, 1987.

5. Tissue invasiveness and non-acidic pH in human candidiasis correlate with “in vivo” expression by Candida albicans of the carbohydrate epitope recognised by new monoclonal antibody 1H4. J Clin Pathol. Jun 2004; 57(6): 598–603.

6. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Jul 2004; 48(7): 2350–2354.
doi:  10.1128/AAC.48.7.2350-2354.2004

7. Clin Exp Immunol. 1986 Feb;63(2):478-84. Neutrophil phagocytosis and killing in insulin-dependent diabetes. Wilson RM, Reeves WG.

8. Arch Intern Med. 1989 Apr;149(4):962-4. Candidal sinusitis and diabetic ketoacidosis. A brief report. Dooley DP1, McAllister CK.

9. Am J Med Sci. 1990 Jun;299(6):379-85. Effect of prolonged modified fasting in obese persons on in vitro markers of immunity: lymphocyte function and serum effects on normal neutrophils. McMurray RW1, Bradsher RW, Steele RW, Pilkington NS.

10. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1994 May;38(5):963-8.Influence of diet on experimental toxicity of amphotericin B deoxycholate. Chavanet P1, Joly V, Rigaud D, Bolard J, Carbon C, Yeni P.

11. Growth and Respiration Characteristics of Candida albicans. S. Anand, R. Prasad

12. Importance of some factors on the dimorphism of Candida albicans. Vidotto V1, Picerno G, Caramello S, Paniate G. Mycopathologia. 1988 Dec;104(3):129-35.

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