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Starchy Carbs and Some Fruits May Not Aggravate If You Try This Trick

August 27, 2019

Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker back to you again.
New Zealand naturopath. Author of Candida Crusher. Thanks for coming back and checking
out my video. I’m going to talk about grains and starchy foods today. I don’t know how
many videos I’ve seen. How many blogs I’ve looked at and how many people I’ve talked
to who think all grains are completely unacceptable on the yeast infection diet. They think you
can’t eat bread. You can’t eat potatoes. You can’t eat starchy foods. That somehow these
foods are toxic. They make you sick. They may turn you into some sort of weirdo or you
turn into a Frankenstein overnight. Some sort of crazy stuff like that.
But I can tell you now, this is a load of crap. I’ve learned from experience that you
need to try these things for yourself because one size doesn’t fit all. By heating and modifying
the starch, it can change the way that the gut reacts to the starch. It can change how
it ferments the starch in the bowel, how it breaks it down, how it absorbs it. I learned
this a long time ago with bananas. I think in New York they say bananas.
We know that bananas are not a great thing to eat with Candida. But I can tell you now,
green bananas are usually perfectly fine. If you get a plantain banana or the green
ones, you might have seen them sometimes at the markets. Go to the markets where the Samoans,
Hawaiians or the Tongan people go to, the big people, the wonderful people with great
smiles and play good music. Those people often eat Taro and yams and green bananas and fish.
The green bananas tend to be okay with Candida, especially if they’re cooked in coconut milk
and I’ve not found that to be a problem with a lot of people. So that blows your theory
right out of the water. You can’t have bananas with a yeast infection.
But if you try to have a yellow banana, the ones grown in Mexico or Guatemala, the tropics,
that go really yellow and brown, they can make you feel like crap. You can get bloating,
gas and headaches out of those. They can also create strong histamine like reactions in
the body. Some people can develop strong allergies toward bananas, depending on the stage of
ripeness when they’re eating them. And that depends a lot on the sugar content and chemical
content. Because there are lots of different chemicals in fruits and vegetables.
Cornell University did research on this years ago, looking at fruits and vegetables and
the chemical contents and how they affect humans. Any kind of vegetable or fruit will
affect you different depending on the stage of ripeness, i.e., how it’s picked when you
eat it. And also how it’s processed in terms of heat. When you read something on a specific
carbohydrate diet, SCD, for example, book or the Gaps books when they say, “You can’t
eat this. You can’t eat that.” You need to sort of look at it and think, “Well, what
about if I put chick peas in the pressure cooker? What about if I bake potatoes at a
high temperature? How will they sit with my tummy?” Lots and lots of people have come
back to me and said “Eric, that’s funny. When I pressure cook chick peas, I can eat them
perfectly well. But when I boil them and add hummus, I had gas like an elephant. I was
farting the whole day like bull frog.” That could be your problem.
If you’ve got a lot of gas because of a starchy food, think how it was cooked. Was it warm
when you ate it? Was it cold when you ate it? How was it modified by heat? How was it
cooked? If it was a fruit, at what stage of ripeness was it picked? How was it prepared?
That’s a very interesting food for thought for you, so think about those things. Before
you discard a food immediately because it’s starchy or a grain, try to modify it. See
what happens to the tummy. See what the bowel motion’s like. See what the gas is like. See
what the discomfort is like and you might be pleasantly surprised. It might be perfectly
okay. Thanks for checking out my video. Don’t forget
to click on the link below if you haven’t got my Candida report and please subscribe.
Thank you.


  • Reply A.L. Pires June 16, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Good day Eric!

    I especially liked the tip about green bananas in coconut oil. That sounds delicious, I am going to have to give that a try. 🙂

    I have a question for you though. Someone read my story of what I went through before I realized it was candida and they related to a lot of it. They have been diagnosed with Aspergillus and are on tons of meds and feel terrible like I did. They asked me if Aspergilus was a form of candida, and from the research I did, it kind of does seem like it may be, but I am not sure. I wanted to ask you about it, if there is a clear relation and if the actions I am taking to clear my candida would help them too?

    Also as a side note: For years my lymph glands in my neck were hard as rocks and bulgy. Today I noticed they are back to normal. I was amazed, I had gotten so use to them being like that I had forgotten what normal was!

  • Reply Alimas X June 16, 2016 at 9:04 am

    so… resistant starch is OK on Candida Diet…?

  • Reply Kale Mussel June 16, 2016 at 11:26 am


  • Reply F Ghu June 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Pardon me dr Eric. I have 3 questions really hope you answer them:
    1-By green bananas do you mean the regular yellow bananas but in unripe version or a different kind of bananas?
    2-I Haven't had my period since four months, I think it is mainly because I lost a lot of weight, I incorporated a lot of fat sources and acceptable carbohydrates on the candida diet like quinoa brown rice millet steel cut oats coconut avocados. But nothing is happening. I can't have meat or eggs because there are no clean sources for them, so What can I do?
    3-if I ate the food how do I know if I'm allergic to it after three or two days how do I know if it's a slow Reactive allergy with a slow reaction, I watched your video but I didn't quite understand
    Thank you so much for your amazing content

  • Reply Health Reactor June 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Green bananas also contain resistant starch which feeds the beneficial bacteria!!!

  • Reply Haddy Gaye June 17, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Hello Dr. I thoroughly enjoy your videos, and appreciate all the tips you have offered to candida sufferers. I have an issue that I hope that you can help me with. My naturopathic doctor diagnosed me with a moderate candida overgrowth via IGg blood testing. I have been on the candida diet for a little over 6 months and I have not noticed any difference in my skin. I do not have any stomach upset and never really have. My main candida symptoms are low energy acne and subsequently depression. I mostly break out in groups of whiteheads on my forehead, chin and jawline. I have tried everything to get rid of my acne including salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, mandelic acid, sulfur, clay masks, apple cider vinegar, charcoal masks, and pretty much every OTC treatment out there. Some of these products work for a short period of time and then my skin starts to break out again. I have been on a very strict diet and have even lost 10 pounds( I actually want to gain weight i'm a very petite young lady). I am a very clean eater, i.e. lots of greens, chicken and turkey, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, walnuts. I have fruit very sparingly maybe a hand full of berries once or twice a week at most. I drink plenty of water and include healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and avocados in my diet. I have had allergy testing done, and i avoid my allergens ( dairy, eggs, flaxseeds). I have done a liver flush, and i supplement with probiotics, zinc and fish oil. I do not know what to do at this point. My acne is literally ruining my life. At 24 years old, I want to be out enjoying my life w/ friends and family, instead I spend most of my time at home because I am so conscious of my acne, and am tired of people constantly starring at the pimples all over my face. Since my acne started (1 year ago), I have become very introverted and I'm even considering accutane as a last resort. I know that accutane is a very strong drug and I really do not want to take it, but at this point I'm willing to do anything to get my life back. If you have any suggestions as to what I can do or what could possibly be causing this acne please, please, please help.

  • Reply Almendra Rosas June 17, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Hello dc. Bekker, this is almendra. You recommended do x7 days straight with boric acid treatment and stop for several days. I did seven days straight then I stopped for one day and I feel like my symptoms have aggravated. I haven't eaten the forbidden food besides Ezekiel organic sprouted bread, oats, lentils and even some black beans. I'm going into my 5th day with canxida prob, rebuild and remove as well as SOD. The itching and now burning feels worse, should we schedule a Skype app anytime soon or should I keep doing the boric acid until symptoms disappear ?

  • Reply Otis Tyson Boris June 17, 2016 at 4:17 am

    What is your opinion on oat bran?

  • Reply M. Uebershall June 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    THANK YOU,THANK YOU endlessly for all the advise. After many years of feeling ill,not right,intolerance to gluten,dairy,artificial ingr in processed foods ect. ect. I finally got behind the mystery about two or so years,ago. Together with bowel problems,fatigue,mood swings,urge to isolate myself,arthritis-sort-of-pains, back aches (severe)often after eating,tendency to high blood sugars(24.4 mmol is my absolute highest so far) nail fungus which seems a never ending story,hair loss(in the past) major trouble with teeth suddenly(always had perfect teeth) and I could go on for ever with strange symptoms..What I would like to ask: "I also suffer from (almost)incontinence of urine at times. Could this also be caused,by candida overgrowth?"

  • Reply Geralt of Rivia June 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Hello Mr Bakker. First of all, thanks for helping me get rid of my acne, fatigue, nasal drip, mucus in my throat (most of it) and gastric reflux, still have chronic stuffy nose though! I've been on your diet and recommendations for ~2 months, very strict except for one day when i've eaten half a kg of apricots and one day when i've had 2 shots of rum (i hope that didn't set me back too long) and some small quantities of fried potatoes like 4-5 times. Other than that i followed everything as you instructed – probiotics, coconut oil, GSE, oregano, pau d'arco tea, clove tea, garlic cloves, no carbs, everything. So seeing this video i'm wondering, can i try to eat sweet potatoes with a digestive enzyme (containing the enzymes you recommended of course) if i don't get bloated? And if i do get bloated, does that mean i'm feeding the candida? Or i can eat them anyways as long as i don't mind the smell? Thanks so much again!

  • Reply Sam June 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    which is the best for gut flora :
    -a good quality high count probiotic supplement (saying the bacteria are still live and active)
    -milk kefir done with good quality milk and grains
    -fortified yogurt
    i know milk kefir is very good but is it better than probiotic supplements? i mean the good ones that are still intact and alive with high count at time of delivery

  • Reply A.L. Pires June 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Hello again Eric, Hope you are well.

    Question, I have been doing really well for the past 3 weeks, and now I am looking to expand my diet and am thinking of baking a flat bread from coconut flour. Is this something that maybe acceptable at this point of my diet?

  • Reply Adam Richmond June 23, 2016 at 2:02 am

    hi Erik. could I please contact you via email. I'll keep it short. recently purchased yoir candida crusher downloaded book. kind regards, Adam.

  • Reply Adam Richmond June 23, 2016 at 5:12 am

    can't find your email so I'll just
    ask through here. I'm following your candida protocol. using the following antifungals 1. oil of oregano 2. organic coconut oil and 3. kyolic aged garlic tabs. I've been yeast and sugar free for 33 days. experienced a major crash 5 days in, but am on a steady level now. I have other minor health issues unfortunately..all contributing to cfs. chronic headaches, neck stiffness and so on. my question is how long do you recommend the antifungals to be taken? I'm also taking a good quality pro biotic. thanks for your time, Adam.

  • Reply Haddy Gaye June 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you so much for your help. I've got the bitters, canxida, and azelaic acid. I'll update you within the next month or two. I appreciate your kindness and willingness to advice total strangers. Thank you!!!!

  • Reply darksid33 June 25, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Hey doctor, i was wondering if you watch the show Vice on HBO. they had a segment on fecal transplant that i thought you would be interested in watching.

  • Reply Vincent Rizzo June 25, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Is cinnamon alright if you have adrenal fatigue?

  • Reply azezalmutairi June 26, 2016 at 1:11 am

    please I have a question, I had oral thrush in my mouth both tongue and the inside area of my lips, I took floconazole and for the first time I had bad side effects but everything was gone, and then the thush came back just in the inside of my lips but the tongue is clean. I had the 2nd pill of floconazole and it disappeared but no side effects at all!! then it came back again inside the lips then this problem is repeating. once it comes back I use the pill to clean! I started the diet one week ago and I'm taking Canxida restore. I need to know if I need to use anti-fungal drugs at the same time ???? suggestions??

  • Reply Ulises June 26, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Hey doc i wanted to ask if raw garlic on top of the tongue is safe.

  • Reply It's me June 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Just reading through your book now and was wondering in the intial phases can you have no added sugar chocolate sweetened by Stevia? Here in Australia it is marketed by Well Naturally. On the back panel it lists sugars per 100gm as only 0.6gm which is virtually non existant. It also contains erythritol. Surely some comfort foods with no sugar like this naturally sweetened are ok and don't feed the candida?

  • Reply Makeup Queen June 26, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Can i eat bread whilst on the Candida cleanse?

  • Reply notnavonnam June 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Eric could you do a video on honey and candida? I've heard so many different things about it, raw organic honey, manuka honey from New Zealand etc all have anti-fungal propperties that targets candida albicans. But I guess honey also contains sugars? So is honey good or bad with candida?

  • Reply vvdv June 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Have you done any videos in mercury chelation? Any tips? Thanks

  • Reply azezalmutairi June 27, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    you mean the Candida Restore is not enough?

  • Reply Ulises June 28, 2016 at 3:51 am

    My comment was erased. I just wanted to ask if it is normal if i never experience die off reactions. I have been consuming numerous garlic, coco oil, oregano, clove, cayenne pepper, black walnut, worm wood, ginger. loads of greens. With no success i still have cracked tongue and swollen papillae. Also is it possible that garlic on top of the tongue can cause dryness and irritation. Would the benefits still be available if i only chew and consume. Not chew and let it sit on my tongue. ??

  • Reply yash rajput July 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    i've read in a lot of articles and all of them suggest its okay to consume organic meat like chicken and eggs on a candida diet, but since i do strength training to hit my protein goal i eat a lot . but a metabolic byproduct of this meat protein is ammonia and they say it helps candida grow and i do feel the itching few hours after consumption mainly in the groin and lower abdomen . Should i increase the probiotic supplement count from present 4 billion Acidophilus and bifidum or is there something else i should do ? please help !

  • Reply azezalmutairi July 2, 2016 at 5:57 am

    important question, is oral cancer related to the untreatable oral thrush?

  • Reply shakeel anjum July 3, 2016 at 4:34 am

    dr, I"ve been watching a lot of your videos and have some questions. I've had a yeast infection for 7 months and my penis is red, itchy and irritated. I've been thorugh many medications and nothing seems to work. now I'm on your diet, I don't smoke or drink at all, its been 3 weeks on this diet and i still have the same sypmtoms that I listed. I want to know when will my pain go away and when and if is does will it be temporary or permenant ? please help me I'm suffering

  • Reply azezalmutairi July 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

    the last question please, is it beneficial to use a mouthwash while I'm on candida diet, such as Listerine which contains flouride to help kill off yeast?

  • Reply Matt Demko July 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Dr Bakker,

    So I've been seriously thinking of getting a CDSA x3 with parasitology test done. But I would really like you to interpret my results. I live in the US and I want to book a skype consultation with you, but I want to get the CDSA results to you beforehand so you can look over them and have all the info you need before the consultation. How do I go about doing that? I couldn't find any info on your website. Doing all of this is going to cost so much money and I want to make sure I'm doing it right before I pull the trigger.

    Also, I've been extremely constipated lately, only able to pass a stool around once a week, so I don't know if I will be able to do a CDSA properly if I can't produce enough stool… Also I am a type 1.5 diabetic and take Lantus insulin every day, it is the only prescription that I am currently taking, will it effect the cdsa results at all?

  • Reply Deeter45 July 6, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Hello Eric, so I've been eating MEVY diet and taking Canxida for 3 months now. Do you think that 2 granny smith apples and 1/2 a grapefruit a day is too much fruit? I have not had any adverse reactions from it.

  • Reply Payton Scholtens July 9, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Do you know about the connection between Melasma and candida? I have suffered with melasma for years along with joint pain, yeast infections, anxiety, fatigue, severe PMS symptoms….none of my doctors has been able to figure out why. In researching about melasma I found some information about candida. I think I may be on the right path…finally!

  • Reply milliondollar smile July 11, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Is smoking marijuana bad for you during a candida diet ?

  • Reply Culture Smulture July 17, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Hi are the canxida tablets recommended for what seems to be a long lasting (3 months) balanitis. GP has swabbed it and said it is not thrush. The symptoms are red, little red spots, itchy, sore erection, very wrinkly when non erect. I have had diabetes since 2011 and have had 3 similar episodes like this only lasting up to a month. Im worried as this time it has gone on for so long. Also sexual health clinic has checked and i have nothing. Would canxida tablets be helpful?

  • Reply Heidi S. July 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    If i'm intolerant to citrusfruit, is it a problem to use your canxida with grapefruit seed extract in it ?
    Also can i eat things with citrus acid in it ?

  • Reply Firefly July 19, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Hi Eric! Is Canxida in New Zealand yet? Thank you!

  • Reply Alex -Games- October 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    What about nutritional yeast?

  • Reply Andrea Ulloa November 23, 2016 at 12:19 am

    i feel like starches are the worst for candida. Complex carbs are harder to break down and take much longer to break down in the gut. Increasing the chances of the fungus to break it down for food. Fruit is digested very quickly and thus unable to feed candida. This is my personal opinion and what has worked for me!

  • Reply Jim Dodich February 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Hi Eric how important do you feel it is to avoid combining certain foods in a given meal regarding complete digestion and absorbtion? And the time of day that they are eaten? Could you do a video on this topic?

  • Reply Cecilia Hurezan February 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Eric, which fruit cook book do you recommend? This video is so ambitioning! I like it very much. Starchy tricks are a new way for me and gives hope.

  • Reply Metal March 5, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Eric, do you have any videos on mold toxicity or detox pathways? Especially how to detox with genetic mutations for instance?

  • Reply muzimuzi March 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Do you think its ok to eat coocked potatoes (not fried) like in the oven? or maybe just 2-3 potatoes a week? I've noticed some go as far as saying if you dont go full paleo auto-immune diet with only chicken fish and green veggies you do it wrong. but that seems very extreme to me aswell

  • Reply MR. D May 8, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Sir please do a video about histamine intolerance.

  • Reply Kathryn B September 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Can you make a video about white potatoes specifically

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

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  • Reply B December 24, 2017 at 1:03 am

    If I eat starchy pea soup I add lots of garlic which does not seem very strong in pea soup, you can also add powdered oregano, these 2 items, one or both can make your starchy food much better for you. Watermelon is very good for candida sufferers, helps keep you alkaline

  • Reply Louie Alcala January 11, 2018 at 6:32 am

    brilliant info doc, so does that apply to papaya as well? I mean eating green papayas as opposed to the very ripe ones? how about other fruits? thanks!

  • Reply Eric Foster April 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I've been soaking my brown rice, quinoa and oatmeal. And since reintroducing, I honestly feel better digestively.

  • Reply Stevie Zion May 4, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Why does it seem the opposite for me? Starches feed the yeast and sugary foods digest fast and don't feed it.

  • Reply Adam Miles August 25, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Eric is it okay to eat sweet potatoes and startchy vegtables if I have candida if I've been following good diet?

  • Reply Jose Mendoza September 24, 2018 at 12:29 am

    So aré boiled potatoes ok?

  • Reply LFonua 707 October 28, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Is it safe to eat taro?

  • Reply San namuh January 23, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    What about ‘yellow plantains’ that aren’t green? The yellow plantains that go very black on the outer skin when ripening.. thank you!

  • Reply Perla Ceja March 17, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Hi Doc, can you tell me about arrowroot and tapioca starch is good for bake in my candida diet? Please

  • Reply Oskar Edwall March 20, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I dont mean to be rude , but why is your face so red, it looks like your skin is irritated. I would expect you to look healthier if you figuered out a good diet .

  • Reply M g April 18, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Explains why I can better tolerate semi- ripe Bananas but ripe ones are terrible for my system. I don't like the taste of ripe bananas also but I got told To follow a LowFodmap diet which said only ripe bananas and got confused😣 lists and rules are never as good as listening to your body/intuition.

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