Candida albicans is a yeast that naturally occurs in the body and flourishes in warm, moist areas. The body’s healthy bacteria generally keep yeast levels in check, but when bacteria levels are disturbed -- for example, when you take antibiotics -- yeast populations may grow to undesirable levels. A yeast-free diet may be one way to help control the overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast.
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Avoid Yeast-Containing Foods
A yeast-free diet calls for the elimination of all foods made from baker’s yeast. These commonly include bagels, breads, rolls, croissants, pastries and donuts. In addition to these foods, very ripe fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, pickled foods, ripened cheeses, and leftovers or foods like jams, which have been opened and stored for a long time, may contain yeast or mold and should also be avoided. For a yeast-free breakfast, skip the baked goods and instead choose eggs, fresh lean meats, nuts and lower-carbohydrate vegetables like leafy greens, leeks, tomatoes or sweet peppers.
Include Protein at Breakfast
Eggs are a yeast-free and convenient option for breakfast. Try an omelet with spinach and tomatoes or a poached egg with Canadian bacon served over sauteed asparagus and red peppers. Probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus are healthy bacteria that may help to prevent yeast infections. Breakfast food sources of probiotics include unsweetened yogurts that contain live and active cultures, and kefir, a fermented milk product.
The yeast-free diet recommendations from The Center for Proactive Medicine advise avoiding all concentrated sweets like sugar, honey, maple syrup, anything containing high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices. The center also recommends limiting carbs to 15 grams per meal. Many processed breakfast cereals contain added sugar and are high in carbs. Instead, choose a 1/4-cup serving of plain, whole grains like oats, quinoa or barley. Top it with a spoonful of yogurt or kefir and a sprinkle of nuts as a breakfast option. While fruit juices should be avoided, a small serving of fruit, except melon or grapes, may be included at breakfast. Fruit is high in carbs, so eat it with protein like eggs or meat, not grains, which provide additional carbs.
Coffee Is OK
Alcoholic beverages like beer, wine or Champagne and cider, as well as malted milk beverages, should be avoided on a yeast-free diet, but coffee or tea sweetened with stevia, if desired, or flavored seltzer water are all fine to drink. Soy milk or other nut milks are preferred over cow’s milk, which, according to The Center for Proactive Medicine, may contain or support the growth of mold.