Foods To Eat And Avoid On The Candida Diet

foods eat avoidThere’s always at least one good reason that a specific food should not be eaten during a Candida treatment, and if you have a Candida overgrowth, then you probably already know that the reason usually has to do with trying to avoid foods that can feed the Candida. But there are many other reasons to avoid specific foods while on a Candida diet. One example is polyunsaturated vegetable oils. These oils can interfere with your body’s production of prostaglandins which are types of hormones. Normally an imbalance of hormones is already a problem with a Candida overgrowth, so using these oils would only be adding to the problem. In research studies, polyunsaturated vegetable oils were shown to increase the human body’s need for antioxidants and are also toxic to the liver; another reason not to use them in your diet.

Yet another reason to avoid a specific form of food is if it’s a substance which will improve the environment of the intestines in favor of the Candida; an example would be red meat and pork, both of which release ammonia when the proteins are breaking down of the body. Ammonia is naturally produced by the Candida in order to increase the chance of their survival in the intestines of humans. The same is true with alcohol; it improves the environment for the Candida’s survival and reproduction.

Just as there are reasons to avoid certain foods, there are also many reasons to include specific foods on a good Candida diet. Reasons such as obtaining as many nutrients as possible from the foods to be allowed; some of the foods should include anti-inflammatory properties, and foods that will help to heal leaky gut syndrome, to provide vitamins and minerals to heal and strengthen both the adrenal glands and the immune system; to include prebiotic foods that will feed the beneficial flora the intestines must be reestablished with beneficial bacteria if an end to your Candida symptoms is to be reached, and the foods should also provide sources of probiotics.

Foods To Eat On The Candida Diet:

ArtichokesJerusalem Artichokes1ArugulaAsparagus
AvocadosBok ChoyBroccoliBrussels Sprouts2
Collard GreensCucumbersDandelion GreensEggplant
GarlicGreen Bell PeppersGreen BeansJalapenos
KaleKohlrabiKim ChiLeeks
LettuceMustard GreensOkraOlives4
Fermented SauerkrautSeaweedShallotsSpinach
Green SproutsTurnipTurnip GreensWatercress
ZucchiniLemonsLimes100% Chicory Coffee
Dandelion Root CoffeeCoconut MilkSteviaTruvia
XylitolOrganic EggsChlorellaSpirlulina
Hemp SeedsHemp PowderChia SeedsChia Powder
Organic ChickenFish5Virgin coconut oilOlive Oil
Sesame Seed OilGhee (clarified butter)CoconutCondensed Coconut Cream
Coconut MannaCoconut AminosPure Sea SaltBlack Pepper
Apple Cider VinegarApple Cider Vinegar MustardFresh Herbs6Homemade Kefir
Homemade YogurtBob's Red Mill Coconut FlourBob's Red Mill Oat Bran Hot CerealBob's Red Mill Rice Bran (flour)
Bob's Red Mill Buckwheat ProductsSoba NoodlesNettle Leaf Tea

1. An especially good source of inulin
2. Natural Antifungal
3. Chard and Swiss Chard
4. Packed in Apple Cider Vinegar
5. Preferably MSC certified; sardines, wild salmon, herring
6. Most fresh herbs with the exception of those containing the substance ‘berberine’ such as Oregon grape, goldenseal and barberry.

Foods To Avoid On The Candida Diet:

Sugar / Sugar Products1Diet SodasCaffeinated TeaWheat2
Sodium Nitrite MeatsNon-Organic ChickenMilkButter
CocoaAlcohol3Herbal Extracts containing AlcoholFruit4
Dried FruitFruit juiceTomatoesNut Butters5
NutsSeeds6PopcornHoney, Syrups, Molasses
Cooking Oils 7Canned FoodsPotatoesSweet Potatoes8
Rice (Brown, Red and White)Pasta (Including Whole Wheat)CarrotsCorn
Summer or Yellow SquashSpeltBeansChickpeas
LegumesGreen PeasField PeasRed Bell Peppers
Orange Bell PeppersMushroomsCondiments9Iodized Salt if it contains Dextrose
MilletOat MealCereals10Distilled Vinegar
Commercial Salad DressingsPickles (if distilled vinegar is used)Large Fish / Older FishShell Fish
Soy ProductsTofu

1. candy, cakes, sodas, cookies, ice cream, etc.
2. all wheat products including bread, flour, etc.
3. Beer, wine, liquors
4. With the exception of Avocadoes
5. peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, etc.
6. With exception of Hemp and Chia
7. With exception of Coconut, Sesame, Ghee, Olive
8. Can be eaten at last stage of the diet
9. regular mustard, catsup, mayonnaise, etc.
10. wheat, whole wheat, rice, regular oat, and corn cereals

Always check your labels if you’re not purchasing fresh products such as vegetables. Hidden dangers abound in the food industry. A good rule of thumb is, if you can’t pronounce the name of any ingredient, leave it alone.

Also watch for any hidden forms of sugar which include Dextrose, maltose, galactose, and turbinado.

The fewer the amount of chemicals and food additives you ingest from your foods, regardless of the type of diet you eat, the better your health will be.

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  1. I read everywhere that I could also eat almonds and pecan nuts during the candida diet, but here on your page it’s not allowed.

  2. Britney says

    I agree. The list my Dr gave me said I could have almonds, pecans and walnuts.

  3. Diana Summers says

    I ate rice cakes and almond butter which curbed my desire for sugar. The diet was VERY successful as i was full of rashes and they were all gone within several weeks. I also ate lamb, and I see on this list that red meats are to be avoided. The diet made me lose forty pounds and made me feel great, so i stayed on it for at least fifteen years.

  4. I’m confused. I also thought that almonds are ok to eat. And I have a problem. Being vegetarian since I can remember and vegan the past 2 years, left me with not much to eat! And nobody really tells me how long its gonna last so what i’m I suppose to do?

  5. Can you eat quinoa and millet? Thanks

  6. I’ve been drinking almond milk and it hasn’t caused me any grief that I’m aware of.
    No peanuts or peanut butter. I read that pumpkin seeds are good on a candida diet.
    It’s so confusing when some candida diets include foods that others do not.
    Many agree what to avoid but there are many discrepancies and conflicts.
    I guess it means experimenting but I prefer not to do that. So tired of eating food that I’m not interested in and that tastes like cardboard. Sigh. But my cravings for sweets is 10% what it used to be so the candida must not be ruling my taste buds anymore!

  7. Yes i would like to know that to if i can eat Quinoa!! please let us know..

  8. i thought you can eat pumpkins seeds and walnuts ammonds. Some sites say you can have avocado some say you can’t. Is organic chicken the only protein .

  9. I have been eating almonds, cucumber, red peppers and wondering now if these are not ok and perhaps why my die off symptoms were bad. I also bought lamb antibiotic free, red meat that was antibiotic free, turkey etc and thought meat was ok?

    This is truly confusing. I am going to eat the chicken, turkey, and lay off the red meats, almonds, cucumber and red pepper and see if my symptoms improve day 17 of eating anti-candida.

    It is very confusing at times.

    Thanks everyone for posting here as it does help to read comments from others in the know.

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