Yeast Free Diet

The yeast free diet (candida diet) is becoming more and more popular as a treatment for many disorders

including hypoglycemia, food allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancer and chronic disease syndrome. It is thought many cases of the above disorders are directly related to the current diet of processed, high sugar, high carbohydrate foods.

How can the candida diet help my child?

A yeast free diet can be beneficial for children with feeding issues because they sometimes have unrecognized yeast overgrowth as a result of excessive use of antibiotics. By eliminating yeast from the diet for 3 to 6 weeks, the Candida dies off, making your child healthier and happier in the process.

How do I know if my child has yeast overgrowth? The truth is, unless your child has thrush (Candida in the mouth), or candidiasis, a yeast overgrowth can go unrecognized for months, causing bloating, constipation, gas and fullness. This is especially bad if the child was a picky eater to begin with!

In fairness, this does not happen often and the yeast free diet should not be the first thing you go to if your child is a little bloated or constipated. If it winds up being an ongoing problem and you recognize it as starting around the time antibiotics were given, however, it may be good to give the candida diet a try for 3 to 6 weeks and see what happens.

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What foods need to be eliminated in the candida diet?

If your child is very picky and survives on a diet of Pediasure and chicken nuggets, you may need to consider your options before jumping headfirst into a yeast free diet. The whole concept is that yeast feeds on sugar, so any products containing sugar are out, as are all dairy products, starchy vegetables, and even fruit.

  • Any foods containing yeast or that grow mold such as bread, pastries, and cookies.
  • Vinegar and all foods containing vinegar like mayonnaise, salad dressing, etc.
  • Fermented foods like sauerkraut
  • Fresh, dried, canned and frozen fruit and fruit juices
  • Anything processed and containing sugar
  • All dairy products
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy sauce and other fermented sauces and products.
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Cured meats

What foods are allowed on the yeast free diet?

  • Since there is such a long list of foods to avoid on this diet, some are concerned they will not find enough allowable foods to fill a healthy diet. Foods allowed include:
  • All fresh, uncured and unprocessed meats
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Vegetables, all except corn and potatoes which should be limited to ~4 times per week
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Unrefined oils
  • Whole grains such as quinoa, tapioca, oatmeal, rice and spelt

As you can see this diet, while manageable, can be a challenge to implement. If you have a picky eater or one with food aversion, this diet may not be for her. If you think she really has a problem with yeast overgrowth and would like to figure out how to start the diet and make sure she is getting all the nutrients she needs without the forbidden foods, consult a dietitian. Although it’s a little tricky, It is possible to achieve a healthy, well balanced diet that is yeast free, and the guidance of a dietitian is imperative in making this diet work. Make an appointment with a pediatric dietitian today!