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Nutrition : How to Follow a Yeast Free Diet

August 17, 2019

My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian with the Austin Regional Clinic and I’m going to talk to you about how to
follow a yeast free diet. There are several different reasons why someone may want to
follow a yeast free diet. One of the things that can happen is if somebody gets a fungal
infection like Candida or they have thrush or any other type of fungal infection those
are all related to yeast and yeast actually feeds on sugar so for that reason if somebody
is going through that type of infection a lot of times they will be put on a yeast free
diet for about two weeks at the same time that they are prescribed an anti fungal medication
so it does have a lot f benefits for somebody who is suffering from a yeast infection or
some other type of fungal infection. The primary things to remember when following a yeast
free diet are to eliminate any source of added sugar, any type of refined sugar. You are
also going to limit some very high carbohydrate foods and remember again this is just temporary
for about two weeks to really get that yeast infection under control so by limiting carbohydrates
you are going to be limiting some fruits. You are going to be avoiding dried fruits,
or fruit juices. You are also going to be avoiding starchy carbohydrates including white
potatoes, white bread, white rice, pastas. Your primary foods that you are going to be
using are going to be lean meats, beans in small quantities, lots of nonstarchy vegetables,
things like broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, salad vegetables. You also want to avoid very
acidic foods like vinegar so you would stay away from vinegarette dressings during this
time because they have such a high acidity they can actually aggravate symptoms from
yeast infection so this is one of the times that you actually want to avoid the vinegar.
As far as other options when you are having meats you want them to be the leanest sources
as possible and again remember that this diet is only to be used short term for about two
weeks to really get yeast infections under control and to reduce your sugar intake if
you have other reasons for needing to cut way back on sugar or other types of infections.
So those are just a few basic tips to keep in mind if you are following a yeast free


  • Reply Jacquie Phelps September 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I am on a yeast free diet. My diet is for life contrary to your recommendations but its great advice for beginners. anyone following the diet will see the benefits.

  • Reply tanishiabrownie November 14, 2009 at 5:12 am

    i completely agree its hard but i feel so much better

  • Reply Paulina Gauthier December 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    A yeast free diet usually needs to be followed for the rest of our lives. It has been 6 weeks for me along with anti-fungal and probiotic, feeling incredibly better. As soon as I put any wheat or dairy or sugar back into my diet, I feel so badly, for me this will be for life. My life has been saved with the understanding of the Yeast syndrome, and I owe this to Caroline Sutherland "The Body Knows" book.

  • Reply taro kung September 8, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Oh hey! Have you considered cleverous 402 diet (google it)? Ive heard some great things about it and my sister lost lots of weight with it.

  • Reply Justin Mitchell July 30, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Candida only begins to be a problem when u drink hard liquor and take many prescription medications which disrupts the natural balance within the gut. Secondly would be tobacco or cigarettes which raises ur blood glucose level at a huge rate. The pancreas dumps sugar into ur blood stream whenever u smoke or use smokeless tobacco. I find chewing tobacco to be the absolute worst culprit along with cigarettes. This is a science folks it's not so cut and dry as clean up ur diet.

  • Reply Eye Sees You July 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Consuming yeast does not affect candida.

  • Reply Methuni Dulathma June 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I like you

  • Reply Yasmine February 5, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Avoid the following food:
    • most breads and some baked goods, such as muffins, biscuits, croissants, or cinnamon rolls
    • cereal products
    • alcohol, especially beer, wine, and ciders
    • premade stocks, stock cubes, and gravies
    • vinegar and foods containing vinegar, such as pickles or salad dressing
    • aged meats and olives
    • mushrooms
    • fermented foods such as ripe cheeses and sauerkraut
    • dried fruits
    • blackberries, grapes, strawberries, and blueberries
    • buttermilk, synthetic cream, and yogurt
    • soy sauce, miso, and tamarind
    • tofu
    • citric acid
    • anything that has been opened and stored for an extended period of time.

    You can eat.
    Soda bread, which is usually yeast-free
    Fruit juices
    Protein, such as unprocessed meat and fish
    Cream of milk
    Green vegetables
    Cereals, such as brown rice, maize, barley and rye
    However, you should always check the label.

  • Reply Kim Murphy July 14, 2019 at 3:28 am

    What about when you are allergic to yeast and wheat? Wouldnt I stop eating those foods long term. I gave up sugar and only sweeten with honey

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