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Is Oatmeal Ok on Candida Diet?

August 14, 2019

Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath Eric
Bakker and I’m the author of a book called Candida Crusher and the formulator of Canxida,
the Candida dietary supplements of choice. Thanks for checking out my video today and
also I would like to thank you sincerely also for looking at my YouTube channel. We’ve got
about 550 videos on this channel now, and I intend to make this the best channel on
YouTube in terms of not only yeast infections, but also digestive problems like irritable
bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, parasites, inflammatory bowel conditions, all those sorts
of things. The question today is, “Is oatmeal good on
the Candida diet?” Oatmeal is fine on the Candida diet. Now, let me explain a few different
things because you may be confused at this point. Many people who I speak to regarding
oatmeal say, “But Eric, it contains gluten. I shouldn’t be eating it.” Well, oat contains
gluten, but only a very small amount of gluten compared to wheat.
When you eat oatmeal, I’d like you to eat not the processed, the really fine oatmeal
in those little sachets you can buy. You tear them open and you pour them in a bowl and
you put some milk or water on it, then you put it in the microwave. Don’t eat that kind
of junk. That’s like eating plastic cheese. The cheese with the plastic on it. Those square
bits of cheese. It’s a little like plastic, plastic with plastic in between. Processed
cheese is crap. Processed oatmeal is crap. Don’t eat it. So the really powdery or fine
oatmeal that’s broken into small pieces, that’s a processed food. Try to keep away from processed
foods. It’s like white flour is a highly processed food. But when you go to get a stone ground,
biodynamically grown, whole meal flour, that’s a good quality flour, especially if it’s grown
really well. Don’t get confused. I eat oats every morning and I like oats preferably
like in their raw state. The small oats. In fact, you can actually sprout them. They’re
really a nice sprout. So just get the raw oats and there’s a few ways you can do it.
You can just soak them for a few hours in water and then cook them or other people say
to soak them and then process them through a blender. I’ve also got one of those little
stone mills. It’s basically just two stones and you pour oats in the top and you turn
it, and it flattens the whole oat. But I think they call it groats. And you can also get
steel cut oats. I used to buy those by the five pound bag, brown bag, at the organic
grocer and they’re really, really nice. Oats. I cook up oats every morning in a bit
of water and I have those usually with a little bit of honey on top and I find that exceptional.
Honey, of course, is not really good when you’ve got a yeast infection, so you need
to avoid that. But there’s no reason to avoid oats. If you’re not eating oats now, try a
small amount. You may have an oat allergy, but it’s quite rare. I’ve performed well over
1,000, probably 2,000 food allergy profiles on patients over the years, probably in excess
of 3,000 for a long time. I’ve been doing it now for about 25 years. I have rarely found
oats to come up high in the allergenicity scale. Wheat and gluten is a different thing
all together. I do find that from time to time, but oats I rarely find on an IgE, IgG
food allergy panel. I’ve looked at many of these panels, so it’s not really a common
thing to find. Start slow with oats. Don’t eat a whole lot
of them if you’re not used to them. I probably eat a good three quarter cup of oats per day.
So if you’re not used to oats and you want to incorporate them in your diet, start even
with just a tablespoon in the morning, and see how your digestion feels. Interesting
thing I’ll point out is many people I’ve seen over the years that lived to their 80s, 90s,
and 100 began the day with rolled oats. A lot of elderly citizens have been eating oats
for a long, long time. Oats also have been known to calm the nerves. It calms the nervous
system. It has a fantastic effect on the bowel and digestive system. It contains different
kinds of fibers that help to really feed up the beneficial bacteria.
Also, oats are known to bind to the bad cholesterol and pull those out of the body, so they’re
many reasons why oats are a fantastic food to eat, providing you get the whole oats.
Don’t get that fine powdery stuff in those sachets. I think Quakers might be the brand.
Not a really good idea to buy that kind of stuff. Whole oats, unrefined, unprocessed,
preferably organic, or biodynamically grown, a very good adjunct to the diet. And even
if you’ve got Candida they’re fine, but with bad Candida, start with small amounts of oats.
Don’t go crazy on them. And don’t put raisins or dried fruits with your oats. Don’t put
cow’s milk with it. Preferably, use almond milk or cashew milk. You can even use oat
milk. I’ve seen oat milk that’s available. And if you do buy these milks commercially,
make sure they’ve got no sugar in them or make up your own almond milk. It’s quite easy
to make. I’ve done a video on “Is Almond okay on the Candida diet?” So check out that video
as well. I hope that enlightens you a little bit as to oatmeal and Candida. Just go easy
on it. Please subscribe to my channel. Don’t forget
to do my quiz at And as usual, thanks for tuning into my video.


  • Reply IndependentGeorge76 October 15, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I love Oatmeal, always been my breakfast and sacrificing it has been one of things i've missed the most. I'm on week two, would you recommend trying to reintroduce them at this early stage?

  • Reply Booker De Witt December 14, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    What about people with really chronic fungal infection in the brain and in other parts of the body what would you recommend?

  • Reply Judith Muk January 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Hi Eric Thanks very much for the video, it is very informative . Can someone with chronic yeast infection with food tolerance and in the second week of treatment have oatmeal ? Is soya milk ok to have? At the moment I use Koko milk from coconut.

  • Reply lmnopqrs work January 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Hi Eric, thank you for all your videos 🙂 btw, is oat bran ok? greetings from indonesia

  • Reply orlando fun April 16, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I'm 7 months pregnant and all my foods and fruits have been non-gmo , organic and gluten-free since 2013 , but I get vaginal yeast infection every 2 months even in pregnancy. since March 28 I changed my diet to candida diet but I starve around the clock. I don't know what to do?

  • Reply bobo April 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Hi there, what about brown bread or wholegrain bread? I eat maybe 2 slices a day just because I can't follow the diet all the time, is this ok?

  • Reply QING OZ May 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Can I have soy/ rice milk with my oats on a candida infection?

  • Reply darksid33 June 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Hey Dr, I was wondering if oatmeal can be a problem food for some. whenever I eat it, I feel a little unwell and spaced out. I'm trying to add some different carbs back besides brown rice which I have no problem. For some reason oatmeal gives me a bit of tiredness and brain fog. maybe I can't digest it well?

  • Reply Weston Guidero June 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    what would you say about organic rolled oats such as bobs red mills? They only take 15mins to cook over the stove. But have no other ingredients. Would these be considered the white flakey ones? (flat not like oats groats pellets)

  • Reply F Ghu July 3, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Hello dr bakker, im really confused now as i read that quick cooking oats and steel cut with no added sugars or salts are almost the same in nutrition value.. Also with brown rice and white rice.. What do you think?

  • Reply samjarea July 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Hi Eric…Getting one's health back in order is confusing to say the least, there seems to be so much conflicting advice. I have read time and time again that we should not consume grains whilst you have candida and leaky gut. I have my own mill and used to love the fresh porridge I made with gluten free oats…can you eat these with a suspected leaky gut or parasites? Thanks

  • Reply Fletcher Fray August 2, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Hi Eric,

    Thanks so much for the useful information. I have 2 quick questions.

    1) What sweeteners are okay on the Candida Diet? I have heard Stevia is okay and I have organic honey but you mentioned don't use honey. Should I get rid of honey altogether in my diet?

    2) What is your opinion on supplement powders with assisting the candida diet? Are they effective? I am currently using bentonite detox and intestinal drawing formula to pull the toxins from my body on top of everything else is why I ask.

  • Reply Haakonson August 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What do you think about using urine therapy as a cure for candida? I've had it for 5 years and I'm willing to try anything.

  • Reply Remon September 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Hey Eric, do you soak the oats overnight ?

  • Reply Ashley E September 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    can you do dark chocolate or cinnamon when on this diet? does candida show similar symptoms to make you think you have hypoglycemia?

  • Reply Charlene October 5, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Should oats and brown rice be avoided for the first few weeks on the candida diet? I recall reading it in your book, but cannot find the page I was on ..

  • Reply Christine Pheeney October 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Is fermenting of oats overnight good or bad for Candida? Is this an ok type of yeast produced or better to avoid?What about coconut water day old slightly fermented with probiotics… or would it be better to have coconut fresh and piobiotic as a pill with water?

  • Reply Sadia Afrin Noor December 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    in my 6days diet plan,I choose to eat just oats for loose my weight.
    is this good or bad for health.
    plz sir answer my question. I am waiting to hearing from you.

  • Reply pchc December 23, 2016 at 1:12 am

    by the way, thank you for all your videos and info. i am taking grapefruit pills a friend brought for me from usa. i am in south america and some things are not available, but very healthy food is more or less easy to find.

  • Reply Cynthia Ennis February 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    YAY!!! Something I have that I can eat!!! 😃 Not allergic to them! 👏🏼

  • Reply Jj Bb February 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the clarification. I also take oats, grind them in a blender and use them to make pancakes. Yum!

  • Reply Magnus Petersen February 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Would you recommend eating a bowl of oat bran for breakfast during the MEVY phase?

  • Reply Amanda Prado April 12, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Hi there, is organic tahini ok?

  • Reply Yendal April 13, 2017 at 1:48 am

    instead of water try coconut cream or milk brought to a boil in a pan with some cinnamon then pour on to oats.
    Soo creamy
    Soo tasty

  • Reply Carlos Santos April 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Candida Crusher! Are you familiar with the "Eat for Your (Blood) Type? What are your thoughts?

  • Reply suktum buktum May 2, 2017 at 3:58 am

    What about eating Milet Doctor, thank you in advance ?

  • Reply 13Gladius 2 May 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Steel cut oats

  • Reply Rolas July 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    hey doc do you recommend raw coconut oil i usually take 2 table spoons a day

  • Reply Kris Lane October 11, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    cashews are a no no but cashew milk is ok?

  • Reply Betsy Padilla October 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I heard that you can have 1-2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey daily.  Is that true.

  • Reply Rodney Armstrong November 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I have one of the most Sevier cases of Candida. I had it for about 8 year's know. I gotten a lot worse in the last 2 years. I have gotten thrush in my mouth over 200 times in the last 8 year's. My doctor's know all of this because I've had all the tests and they have never said anything about Candida. They have tested my pee my stool radiation on eggs to see how well I digest MRI drinking the white chalky stuff. And I kept telling them I keep building up a white film on my tongue it goes away with the mouth rinse but always keeps coming back. I'm doing everything you have been telling me to do for about 3 or 4 days now and I'm in a true fight to get my life back I have been laying in bed now for 4 years I've lost all of my muscles. Before I went down I was a maintenance man running up and down 3 flights of stairs everyday. I don't trust the doctors at all anymore. They have cost me many years of my life and suffering everyday. I take magnesium because I'm so sick it messes with my nerves. I'm on a strict diet and probiotics and I'm going to start emzimes. Most people don't realize how painful it is to have your gut just totally shut down. I've been in and out of the emergency room more than 100 times in two years. They would just set me off too the side until I felt better from just setting there. This is all county hospital because I haven't been able to work for four years know.

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm

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  • Reply alia yucel December 30, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I am congused about yoghurt and kefir..some say yes some no?

  • Reply Bartosz Bartosz January 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Oats feed the good bacteria

  • Reply Enkhtuya Batbold January 15, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Hi @CandidaCrusher, many thanks for the useful videos. During the MEVY diet phase, can I have my oatmeal with natural almond butter?

  • Reply Jakub Baran January 28, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I have troubles with digesting oats but i found fermenting them is a great idea. Same with millet, buckwheat. Fermented grain porridges are sooo easy to digest.

  • Reply ivanapalomino February 2, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    My great grandmother lived up to almost a 100 years old, she was very healthy, thin and had beautiful skin. She had oatmeal everyday for breakfast since she was a little girl. Also oatmeal makes me feel great whenever I have it, so i guess that’s good

  • Reply Amanda O February 15, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Because of you I can actually eat while doing a Candida diet. Thank you

  • Reply Vince Skypala February 21, 2018 at 6:39 am

    I use coconut milk with my oats

  • Reply Poetic Prayers April 16, 2018 at 6:36 am

    What about other gluten free options like Sorghum? We make it as porridge in South Africa similar to oats. Is that ok to have?

  • Reply John Smith April 29, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Are organic gluten free rolled oats, steel cut oats, and oat bran all good?

  • Reply Gordon Browning May 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Most people do not realize that sugar of any kind is the culprit of their candida infection.  And "NO" your doctor will not tell you this because candida is one of the diseases that causes soo many other health issues related to candida.  Candida is a fungus that wreaks havoc on the entire system,  all because of "SUGAR".   Sugar is the food source for yeast without it can't survive.  As long as people keep consuming it's food source they will only become sicker.   Sugar to yeast is like gasoline to a fire.  If people would research SUGAR and the health issues related to it,   the sugar industry would collapse,  they would go out business and the irresponsible medical system that we all unfortunately have no choice but to support will never tell people this because that's what makes them money.  Keep the people in the dark and sick and they will have to keep depending on a system that is keeping everyone SICK.  It is not hard to consume foods that do not contain sugar.  Coffee can be consumed black .   Eat meat with sea salt and fresh fruits , sweet potatoes,   vegetables and with sea salt.  Do not consume processed salt,   although it contains iodine it is processed and the natural nutrients have been stripped from it,  rendering it use less that is why it causes high blood pressure.  People are starting to see that Dr. no longer inform them of how to heal the health problems they suffer with.    They only offer pills that keep the digestive system in distress so that people have to keep returning.  Good luck to everyone.  Please do yourselves a favor and research processed sugar.  It is a wealth of knowledge to many health problems we all suffer with and are not being informed by our personal care physicians.

  • Reply Jae Shuler June 17, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    So are Quaker oatmeal in the big cylinder are bad?

  • Reply Ally Collins June 26, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Hi Eric, whilst on the candida diet can you add pure stevia extract/drops to your oatmeal?

  • Reply Songbird For Jesus June 30, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Reading comments are very informative

  • Reply Rhia * August 8, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Oats don’t contain any gluten but are often processed in factories also processing gluten. The only reason some oats are labelled gluten free is because they’re processed in a factory which doesn’t process any gluten containing products.

  • Reply Ernesto Tamayo August 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    So you can eat steel cut oats in the mornings ?

  • Reply Lycanthromancer August 15, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Most high-carbohydrate foods, such as whole-grain rice and whole wheat, give me a really unpleasant spike in my adrenaline, but minute oats seem to be just fine. I also don't get the giddy feeling of ethyl alcohol in my system from it, either. Oatmeal and the occasional baked sweet potatoes (with Celtic sea salt, butter, coconut oil, and occasionally a bit of onion or garlic powder for spice) are my only real sources of carbohydrates, and they seem to work okay to keep my energy levels up. I usually eat my oatmeal dry but mixed with homemade organic cold yogurt with some coconut oil, stevia, and (very, very rarely) a piece of fresh fruit cut up and mixed in (generally peaches or nectarines).

    Due to my job, I'm forced to be really active, and I just don't have enough energy to get through the day without some form of carbohydrates. Not sure if I'm doing the right thing, because my candida infection just seems to keep going on and on and on, but it seems to be dying down, albeit very slowly. And considering how much effort I'm putting into killing it, that's more than a little discouraging, but at least it's better than how badly I was suffering before.

  • Reply Jane Roth September 8, 2018 at 5:21 am

    How is Buckwheat Groats?

  • Reply Dauphne McMurry October 3, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    What to put in my oatmeal when I eat it? I can't use honey.

  • Reply Sage Price December 2, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you so much for all of your work, Dr. Bakker! I'm often checking in to see what your take is on certain foods, and I love your philosophy on food for keeping Candida in check while still maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.

  • Reply Philip N December 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Did some research and it says that oats doesnt contain A-Gliadin but it does contain "Avenin" which is a gluten. Wouldnt it be best to avoid oats then to be on the safe side?

  • Reply adriana December 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Oatmeal is like glue in the intestines.

  • Reply adriana December 4, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I was juicing mostly greens and lemon and ginger a lot. I did include small amount of apple and carrots. I started gaining even more weight and had the worst detox reaction, as usual. Then I got Kerratosis all over my body and itching all over. Even a small detox makes me sick to death. But I tested myself for Candida–which I battle, and tested positive. I stopped the whold juicig and am doing better. I think the lemon was killing Candida but the juice was also feeding it. It was suggested I blend instead of juice. What do you think? Thanks for all your Candida videos and information.

  • Reply Diana Rhyne December 18, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Raw, unfiltered honey, is actually an anti-fungal and antimicrobial… which makes it good for a Candida diet. It is a prebiotic.
    In moderation of course.

  • Reply g MaytaR January 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Bobs red meal oat Bran.seems to work well for me.

  • Reply g MaytaR January 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Good stuff.

  • Reply Nadezhda Dimitrova January 20, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Hello, sir. I would like to ask if you believe probiotics supplements are actually digested and useful or I should opt for fermented foods instead and not bother with pills. Thanks!

  • Reply Nikolina Krasimirova January 21, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Oats with oat milk aand nothing more? Doesn't sound tasty… Half a banana? 😉

  • Reply Primrose Dahlia January 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    What about if you're making a gluten-free bread that contains seeds like chia, millet, sesame, pumpkin seeds and also oatmeal in that mix. Does it matter when it's a small amount of oats? This bread I'm talking about is basically just seeds tgat you mix with water,let it stand like that over night and then bake it for 80 minutes. I'm addicted to it… After starting the candida diet…

  • Reply Lisa Gardner March 4, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    You mentioned cashew milk I thought cashews were off the table with Candida ? I have tried small amounts of oats and I tolerated them ok until the third time I tried them ? And the oats I tried said gluten free “ by bob red mill are you saying that they all have gluten regardless

  • Reply Philip Taylor March 14, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Well that sucks for me. My Genova diagnostics test showed an igg allergy to oat bran.

  • Reply Riccardo Di Luca March 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Is eating raw oats (flakes with just water) bad for digestion? been doing that for years and I wonder if that is the cause for red patches in my face.

  • Reply Jayme Swearingen May 16, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I love oatmeal! Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats. I also recently discovered One Degree, Gluten Free Sprouted Oats. I add ground flax and honey=yum!

  • Reply kidsnthings July 10, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    thank you for this video, it is helpful and full of good information

  • Reply Ariix University July 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Excellent Thanks For The Information

  • Reply Victorious Spirit July 20, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I purchase mine at the Health food store in bins. They are labeled organic gluten free. I do not seem to have any issues. Can you tell me if nervous conditions and brain fog are part of Candida recovery? I just got off of 19 days of doccyline antibiotics for early stage Lyme. I developed some issues after the treatment. Nerve and musle weakness, and a nervous system that is not happy. Anxiety attacks. I had this back in 2011 thou, from what I recall, from my first bought with Lyme and then recovery. I was on antibiotics that time for five months. Big mistake. Almost killed me.

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