The Basic Candida Diet Do's and Don't's
Written by Dan Jackowiak Nc, HHP - Medically reviewed by Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD
Here are our recommended Basic Candida Diet do's and don'ts along with meal ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also links to expanded good and bad food lists, Candida compliant recipes, and questions about certain foods below.
- 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 pretty 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.
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.
- Do not drink milk and here is why.
- NO Margarine and butter substitutes.
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
- NO Potatoes and legumes on the yeast infection diet.
- Fresh vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice ok
- NO Coffee (regular or decaf) with added sugar or artificial creamers. NO Diet or regular sodas. Organic or black tea and herbal teas are ok.
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 is ok.
- On the yeast infection
diet, most Grains are not allowed...this includes white rice, wheat,
amaranth, buckwheat, oats, and barley for at least the first couple okfweeks. You can find out why on the FAQ and Grain page.
- No corn products and only certain types of soy are allowed. More information here.
- Absolutely NO Yeasts allowed...this includes bread, pastries, alcohol, and hydrolyzed yeasts...Read your labels. This study points out that you can become infected by them.
- 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 (Braggs is best) 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.
VINEGARS. These include ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, soy sauce,
worcestershire sauce, pickles, pickled peppers, hot sauce, salad
dressings, green olives, horseradish, dips, and mayonnaise.
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 and the Candida Diet Questions page for specific recommendations.
- It is best to avoid tuna, swordfish, shark, Atlantic salmon, and shellfish because of high mercury content.
- Gmo foods are not suggested because of the damage they do to your bodies detox system. Studies on this webpage.
sure you eat plenty of fresh vegetables preferably raw or steamed on
the Basic Candida 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
- Do not starve yourself! If you are hungry, eat! But eat the right foods and it will help maintain your weight.
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
- Try to consume 50 to 60 grams of good carbs daily because the red and white blood cells need some carbs to function. Those white blood cells are part of your immune system so you don't want to shut them down while fighting Candida yeast infections. Please see the Good Food page for a list of what to eat daily to accomplish this.
Basic Candida Diet Breakfast Ideas
Good Candida yeast diet foods for breakfast are eggs, cooked any style,
occasionally with bacon, 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. If
you don't normally eat breakfast you can skip it entirely or do like I do and eat breakfast at lunch time.
Basic 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, along with feeding Candida and other yeasts.
Basic Candida Diet Dinner Ideas
anything goes on the Candida diet for dinner, as long as it is an
allowed food. Beef, fish, poultry, wild game, and occasionally pork 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. Along with many others, this is definitely a large factor in the cause of this condition.
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 at Amazon
Quick and Easy Meals at Amazon
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
Expanded List of Candida Yeast Diet Good Foods
Expanded List of Candida Diet Foods to Avoid
Candida Diet Vegetable Recipes
Candida Diet Chicken Recipes
Candida Diet Beef Recipes
Candida Diet Fish Recipes
Candida Diet Desert Recipes
Commonly Asked Candida Diet Questions About Foods
Medical Review by Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD
some people have still not accepted the concept of “yeast diet”
till date, numerous reports prove otherwise. The book “The Yeast
Connection”, first published in 1983 by William G. Crook, MD,
listed several versions of “Candida
requires nutrients to grow and multiply successfully. In an article
published in Food, Culture, and Society, Alissa Overend discussed the
effect of food changes in 24 people living with the infection. She
concluded that the Candida diet can provide productive possibilities
in the regulation and maintenance of an illness not fully identified
by medicinal science.(2)
It is the best alternative to taking drugs, i.e., a non drug approach
for treatment of Candida infections. The diet plan starves the excess
Candida from the host system by mainly restricting the intake of
sugar sources. This, in turn, helps the gut microbiota to replenish
by overpowering the bad bacteria.
a study conducted in mice models to check the reduction in
colonization of gut C.
was conducted by Gunsalus et.
in 2015. It reported that coconut oil could become the first dietary
intervention to reduce C.
Similarly, many other alternatives to grains and sugar are available
for the convenience of the diet-followers.
Alissa Overend (2013) Candida, Food Discipline and the Dietary Taming
of Uncertainty, Food, Culture &
Society, 16:1, 145-160, DOI: 10.2752/175174413X13500468045560.
Kearney T. W. Gunsalus, Stephanie N. Tornberg-Belanger, Nirupa
R. Matthan, Alice H. Lichtenstein, Carol A. Kumamoto. Manipulation of
Host Diet To Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the Opportunistic
Pathogen Candida albicans. mSphere Nov
2015, 1 (1) e00020-15; DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00020-15
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