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Yeast Free Diet


A yeast free diet is important in the treatment of illnesses caused by fungi like Candida. You should remember that yeast free diets are relatively unfamiliar to most people and are hard to manage. Yeasts belong to a huge family of fungi that includes mushrooms, baker's yeast as well as antibiotics. Since identifying foods that need to be eliminated from your diet can be challenging, one way to simplify it is by looking for food that is aged, since yeasts require time as well as the right conditions to grow.  Many types of yeast are not even visible to the naked eye. Any product that is fermented like wine will have been processed using yeast.

Preserved or dried foods are another food group that will undoubtedly have yeasts present in them, even if treated to prevent decay.  Any food stuff or groups that are labeled with descriptions like 'pickled', 'cultured', 'melted', 'dried', and 'fermented' will have yeast.

If you are on a yeast free diet, eating out is not very difficult when you know what foods to avoid. Ensure that you do not eat any food with cheese; any dish prepared with vinegar or alcohol, pickles because these are supposed to increase the growth of yeast. Bread must also be avoided because it contains yeast, but a few plain crisp breads may be alright to eat. Salads that have a dressing are again best avoided as would be the case for meat with stuffing. The safest foods to include in a yeast-free diet would be grilled meat, plain grilled fish, steamed or plain boiled vegetables and omelette's. You can also make scones and whole wheat soda bread at home.

Rye crisp breads are a good alternative to bread, and you can also have whole-wheat breakfast cereals such as Puffed Wheat, Shredded Wheat and rice. Try to increase your dietary intake of vegetables. Make it a point to thoroughly wash and dry fruits before peeling and eating them.  When peeling fruits make sure that the peel does not come in contact with the flesh of the fruit to avoid any possible contamination. You can use oil/lemon dressings for your salads, using fresh lemon juice.

It is possible that as an outcome of this diet you may receive too little cereal fiber and can be remedied by an increase in your whole grain consumption. Apart from reducing hunger and helping maintain blood sugar levels, this will help with many other bodily functions. The typical foods to include in your diet are brown rice, oat cereals, wholemeal pasta, and rice cereals. Alcohol must also be avoided completely. All in all, yeast free diets can be quite difficult to get started but once familiar with the concept it becomes quite simple.

Submitted on November 10, 2009