Candida albicans is a yeast that can sometimes overgrow in the body, causing an array of unpleasant side effects including fatigue, weight gain, bloating, depression, mood swings, headaches as well as muscle and joint pain. The diet recommended to get rid of candida is a low-carbohydrate and low-sugar diet, which has the objective of depriving the yeast of its main food source.
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Potatoes contain a lot of carbohydrates which are quickly turned into sugar and likely to serve as food for the yeast candida albicans. For example, a cup of mashed potatoes provides 35.3 g carbohydrates while 20 strips of french fries provide 71.9 g carbohydrates. Other starchy vegetables, such as winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes and corn, should also be avoided because of their high carb content while following the candida diet.
All grains provide high amounts of carbohydrates and should be eliminated from your diet to get rid of candida. Any foods made with rice, oat, wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut or quinoa should therefore not be eaten during the elimination of the candida. These foods also include bread, crackers, breakfast cereals, pasta, granola bars, oatmeal, cookies and other baked goods.
Peanuts and Legumes
Legumes, like beans and lentils, have a high carbohydrate content which is not suitable for the candida diet. As for peanuts, they are not considered a nut, but rather belong to the legume family. Although peanuts have a lower carbohydrate content compared to other legumes, they are likely to be contaminated with molds, which can promote or maintain candida overgrowth.
Sugar cannot be consumed when following the candida diet, at least during the first phase to increase your chances of getting rid of it. Even the natural sugar found in fruits, which is called fructose and can be found in bananas, raisins and dates, as well lactose, or milk sugar found in milk, should be eliminated. Of course any desserts or foods containing added sugar are also off-limits to eliminate candida albicans.
Alcohol is also best to be avoided because the sugar it contains can also serve as food for candida albicans. Stay away from wine, beer and spirits to help you get rid of this yeast.