What Carbohydrates Can I Eat If I Have Candida?
There are many theories with regard to the right and the wrong carbohydrates you can consume if you have a candida yeast infection. I have learned by personal experience of treating countless candida patients that the truth is, there is no right or wrong, only theories. Some physicians rightly say no to candy, soda drinks, chocolate and any refined sugars. Others say no to fruit, others say no starchy vegetables like corn, potatoes, pumpkin, etc. I can totally understand why so many people are confused by the time they visit a practitioner’s clinic. So what is right and what is wrong? The truth is, there is NO right or wrong, and only by personal experience will you be able to determine what is right for you.
Here is a handy candida carbohydrate food chart for those who want an insight into the foods which may be suitable and those not so when you are starting on a candida program. But please remember, the only one who can determine exactly what foods are suitable is you. Candida Crusher is an excellent book which covers this question in detail, and is well worth reading if you have a yeast infection and are looking for a permanent solution.
From experience, I have found it best to cut out carbohydrates in stages with candida patients, for example, try avoiding all fruits (dried and fresh) for the first few weeks, and if you have a particularly bad problem with yeast then I would also strongly recommend that you avoid the starchy carbohydrate vegetables as well for the first few weeks. These include pumpkin, squash, parsnip, sweet corn and potato (baked is best, avoid mashed). These get re-introduced before the fresh fruits, and dried fruits are kept completely out of the diet (preferably) for several months because they are highly concentrated forms of sugars in the diet.
Carbohydrates which you will find are generally OK when you have a yeast infection
- Fresh whole fruit (organic) – but DO avoid most all fruits (and especially dried fruits) for the first 2 – 3 weeks.
- Fresh and frozen vegetables (organic are best, naturally)
- Sea vegetables eg. nori, kombu, wakame,
- Tomato paste (no sugar).
- Beans and pulses.
- Whole grains (wheat, barley, rye).
- Whole grain flours, especially stone ground.
- Chick pea or split pea flours.
Other Suitable Foods
- Meat and poultry (preferably organic).
- Fish and shellfish (fresh best, not canned).
- Eggs (buy free-range).
- Yogurt (natural, NO sugar or fruit containing yogurt).
Carbohydrates which you will find are generally NOT OK when you have a yeast infection
- ALL fruit juices and canned fruit (too much sugar).
- ALL dried fruits (too much sugar).
- Very starchy vegetables (pumpkin, sweet corn, parsnip) – Avoid for the first few weeks, like fresh fruits.
- Frozen fruit, preserved fruits, canned fruits.
- Canned vegetables.
- White flours, white rice, white pasta.
- Potatoes (baked is generally OK, not mashed).
- White rice (stick with brown or wild rice).
- White pasta (stick with buckwheat pasta).
- Most all breads & pizza bases (avoid bread).
- Alcohol (can be especially a bad choice).
- Sugar, in any form, shape and quantity.
- Honey, molasses, rice syrup, maple syrup.