Welcome to part two of this, what I consider, highly informative article. If you haven’t read part one then really you should as it lays down the basics for this article. The discussion is based around the differences of opinion about what food is acceptable for a yeast free diet, what isn’t acceptable, and why.
Wheat flour is another point of controversy amongst proponents of a yeast free diet. Wheat flour is high in gluten which is the starch that holds bread together during the baking process. This is why you never see other flours used with yeast commercially in bread making. But gluten is a starch and the candida yeast will feed off it. My personal opinion is that you can use wheat flour but only as a substitute for potatoes or rice after the initial 2-3 weeks of the diet. For example you could make some soda bread to go with a vegetable soup or some fish and vegetables rolled up in a thin pancake.
Following on from wheat flour, what about potatoes and rice? Both seem to be okay in most people’s eyes but I would suggest leaving rice and potatoes to stand in water for an hour and then rinse off into clean water before cooking, then rinse again with hot water when cooked. This will help to get rid of any excess starch.
Moving on to nuts. Most people agree that nuts are okay except peanuts. I have been informed that peanuts have a fungus growth on them which would seem reasonable. If you consider that peanuts come in a soft shell and other nuts come with a hard shell then it could have some truth. I think I would agree with that and stay away from peanuts.
Dairy produce seems to have some controversy as well. Cheese is definitely out because of the bacteria used in manufacturing. Milk in small amounts used in cooking should be okay but it has been found to contain trace antibiotics, pesticides and growth hormones. Milk is best avoided at any time. Butter is high in fat which is good for yeast, switch to a vegetable margarine but check the label for the ingredients. Eggs are from heaven, full of protein, vitamins and minerals, eat as many as you like.
Finally, soya and soya products. Most soya products are processed and include sugar, especially soya milk. Soya in itself doesn’t appear to cause a problem but read the label of any product you are thinking of buying.
As a general rule you should read the ingredients of any packaged food you buy to satisfy yourself of what it contains. Rely on your instincts, and you shouldn’t go far wrong.
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