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Does the Candida Diet Allow Whole Grain Bread?

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author image Aglaee Jacob
Aglaee Jacob is a registered dietitian. She has experience working with people who have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and obesity issues. Jacob obtained a bachelor of science and a master of science, both in nutrition, from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada.
Does the Candida Diet Allow Whole Grain Bread?
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When candida overgrows in your body, this yeast can cause muscle and joint pain, fatigue, sugar cravings, gastrointestinal problems, depression and repeated vaginal infections in women. To get rid of this excessive yeast, the candida diet eliminates most carbohydrates, such as sugar, starchy vegetables, grains and fruits, as well as dietary sources of yeast, such as fermented cheeses, fermented vegetables and alcohol. Despite being healthier than refined grains, whole grains are not suitable for the candida diet.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates consist primarily of starches and sugars. Both starches and sugars break down into sugar that can become food for the yeast in your digestive tract. If your diet is rich in carbohydrates, you can worsen and prolong your candida infection. Foods that can feed a candida infection include starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and yams; fruit; sugar; and gluten-containing grains, like the wheat used to make pasta, breads, breakfast cereals, cookies and baked goods. The candida diet allows for only small amounts of carbohydrates from nonstarchy vegetables, such as leafy greens, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, eggplant and mushrooms, as well as non-gluten grains like millet, rice, rice bran and oat bran.

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Whole Grain Bread

Most whole grain breads contain wheat or other gluten-containing grains, which are not acceptable for the candida diet. If you have a candida overgrowth and want to get rid of this yeast or better manage your symptoms, you should avoid whole grain and refined breads containing wheat. Instead, you can opt for whole grain bread made from acceptable gluten-free grains, such as rice or millet flour. Avoid gluten-free breads made from potato flour or containing other nonacceptable ingredients for the candida diet, such as additives and preservatives.

Candida Diet Bread

Making your own whole grain bread is the easiest way to avoid unacceptable ingredients on the candida diet. Grind about 1/2 cup of whole, gluten-free oats in a blender and mix with an equal amount of water and two beaten eggs. Bake like a crepe in coconut oil in a frying pan. Add oat bran, rice bran, vanilla extract, cinnamon or other natural flavorings to make your own candida-approved whole grain bread. You can use this whole grain bread to make sandwiches, or eat it as is to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Other Bread Substitutes

Eliminating whole grain bread can be difficult, but it can help you to get rid of your candida overgrowth. You can obtain all the fiber you need by including generous amounts of nonstarchy vegetables at each meal and using vegetables as a bread substitute. For example, you can prepare a grain-free pizza on portobello mushroom caps; use grilled eggplant slices to make grain-free lasagna; or replace the bread in your grain-free sandwich by making a wrap from lettuce leaves.

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