Following a prescribed diet helps in getting rid of Candida or yeast infection to a great extent. Here is a list of foods safe to consume and those to avoid when suffering from this condition.
Yeast infection, also known as Candidiasis or Candida infection, is an infection caused due to a fungus known as Candida albicans. The infection can be found in mouth (known as oral infection or oral thrush) or near the genitals. It can be caused due to several reasons like overuse of antibiotics, excessive consumption of sugar, etc. The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection (in women) include whitish discharge, itching; whereas, symptoms of oral thrush includes white cottage cheese like patches in mouth which may even bleed sometimes. There are several prescription as well over-the-counter medication available in the market that help in treating the infection. However, following a proper diet plan has also been proven as one of the most effective treatment and preventive method.
Certain foods are believed to contribute in Candida growth in the body. On the other hand, there are also certain foods on which the fungus thrives. Such foods should be avoided when suffering from the infection.
Food Safe to Eat
This is a general food list. It is recommended to consult the doctor before following a diet plan.
Grains, sea food, vegetables, etc., are the safe to consume when you are suffering from yeast infection. These foods do not contribute in the growth of the fungus in the body. At the same time, poultry and meats also have no effect on the Candida and hence, are safe to eat. However, make sure you go for freshly made poultry and meat, as processed meat may contain salts, preservatives, and vinegar can be harmful for yeast infection.
The following is an extensive list of foods that can be safely included in the Candida diet.
- Probiotic foods, yogurt
- All vegetables
- Legumes and beans
- Unsweetened beverages and dishes
- Eggs, poultry, meat
- Almond milk, unsweetened soy milk
- Any foods that do not contain sugar/that are not fermented
Food to Avoid
As mentioned above, having excess sugar in the diet is one of the causes of yeast infection. Therefore, the first thing you need to avoid is sugar and sugar-containing foods as the fungus thrives on sugar. It should be noted that fruits contain high amounts of sugar in the form of fructose and hence, consuming fruits is not encouraged. Secondly, it is also advised to avoid fermented foods and foods containing yeast and vinegar.
The following is a list of foods to avoid in the Candida diet.
- Sweets, candies, desserts, all sugar-containing foods
- Breads, idli, dosa, dhokla, cakes, cookies
- Pastas, noodles
- Starchy foods and vegetables like potatoes and yams
- Mushrooms and all exotic canned vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Fruits and dried fruits
- Sugar containing drinks, soft drinks, alcohol based drinks
- Smoked meats like salami, bacon, sausages, pepperoni
- Processed foods, canned foods, preserved foods
- Sauces, ketchup, vinegar, vinegar based foods
Nutrition or the diet plays an important role in the treatment of yeast infection. Lastly, note that the diet should be followed on the doctor’s consultation. Take care!
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of a medical professional.