Snacking is part of a healthy diet, providing energy between meals and for exercise, and helping to curb hunger and prevent overeating at mealtimes. However, eating lots of sugary snacks can cause you to go over your daily calorie intake goals and have the opposite effect -- weight gain. In addition, certain people, such as those treating an overgrowth of yeast in the body, will want to avoid sugar and yeast as much as possible. Don't cut out any food groups from your diet before speaking with your doctor.
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Saying No to Sugar
It's not easy to find a snack without sugar these days; grocery aisles are lined with packaged snacks loaded with the stuff. Even items you wouldn't think contain sugar, such as bread, may contain small amounts. But a sugary snack is not what you need to feel satiated and power through your day. Sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, causing a sharp rise in blood sugar and then a sharp decrease. This can lead to marked fluctuations in your energy level and moodiness. If you have a yeast overgrowth problem, sugar in your diet feeds the yeast and makes matters worse.
An essential ingredient in baked goods, yeast is common in snack foods. You'll find it in breads, cereals, fermented foods, overripe fruits, yogurt, aged cheeses and condiments, including vinegar-based salad dressings and mayonnaise. Depending on your condition, you may have to avoid all yeast -- in the case of an intolerance -- or you may have to limit your intake of yeast. In either case, opting for fresh, whole foods over processed foods can help you significantly limit the amount of yeast in your diet.
Making Healthy Choices
Build your snacks -- and your diet as a whole -- around fresh vegetables, lean meats, eggs, fish, nuts and seeds. Fruits and milk are natural sources of sugar and can be healthy additions to snacks in most cases; however, it is best to eat them in moderation. Make up a batch up hummus with chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic and tahini and use it as a dip for red pepper strips and carrot sticks. Top whole grain crackers with cucumber slices, or hollow out half a bell pepper and fill it with tuna salad made with olive oil, salt and pepper. For something sweet, grab a handful of fresh berries, which are lower in sugar than most other fruits, and a handful of almonds or sunflower seeds.
Getting a Diagnosis
Although you may think eliminating all yeast and sugar from your diet is the answer to your problems, you might not have the whole picture yet unless you've received a diagnosis from your doctor. A healthy diet is an important part of treating conditions, from candidiasis -- fungal infections -- to obesity, but certain diets devised to treat these conditions may make you cut out or severely restrict important food groups, which can lead to poor nutrition.
- MedlinePlus: Snacks for Adults
- Huff Post Healthy Living: Is Hidden Fungus Making You Ill?
- Cosmopolitan: 8 Surprising Foods That Are Loaded With Sugar
- PsychCentral: Why Sugar Is Dangerous to Depression
- Allergy UK: Yeast Intolerance
- The Paleo Diet: Fruits and Sugars
- Better Health Channel: Weight Loss and Fad Diets