There are at least six types of yeast that are normally present in the human body. These are present in the body or on the surface of the body and are meant for a specific purpose. There are also other microorganisms, primarily bacteria, in the body that feed on yeast and keep its population in check. However, when the healthy balance between the bacteria and yeast is disturbed, it can result in an overgrowth of yeast. This can lead to various infections. A yeast free diet can help in restricting the growth of yeast beyond the required limits. Such a diet can also help natural weight loss.
The food, drugs or drinks that we intake have a direct or indirect affect on the internal functioning of our body. Antibiotics, for example, are actually intended to kill harmful bacteria. But these very same antibiotics tend to kill the bacteria that feed on yeast too. Candida infections like thrush, vaginitis and candidiasis are one of the most common diseases related to over population of the yeast-like fungus known as Candida albicans. The first and foremost treatment of Candida is dietary modification that restricts over consumption of processed sugars and foods that are prepared with yeast.
Yeast free diets recommend that foods that contain yeasts and molds be avoided. Some such foods are listed below.
- Baked products that use yeast in the dough. Such products include breads, rolls, pastries, and cakes.
- Foods that contain vinegar such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, barbecue, mustard sauce and pickles.
- Wine, beer, spirits and fermented beverages like cider.
- All types of cheese.
- Dried, smoked or pickled meats.
- Cured bacon.
- Mushrooms, peanuts and pistachios.
- Soy sauce, pre-packaged teas and canned tomatoes.
As Candida is the major concern, sugary foods likes processed sugars, grapes, raisins, dates, prunes, figs, soft drinks and drink mixes, high fructose corn syrup, honey and maple syrup and chocolates are also not allowed.
Candida is usually caused by excessive consumption of sugar, which is one of the major causes of obesity also. Although a yeast free diet is meant primarily to address Candida and to check the level of yeast in the body, it can also be classified under the category of healthy weight loss plans. However, if Candida and overweight are concurrent, certain healthy weight loss supplements can also be used.
A yeast-free diet may appear as if does not leave much of choice of foods. The basic idea behind it is to leave behind processed foods that have little or no nutritional value and focus on a wholesome diet. This includes eating fresh foods like vegetables, meat proteins, whole grains, unrefined oils and fresh non citrus fruits.References: