We have discussed the concept of diet and candida before and it is our position that while dietary changes can reduce the severity of symptoms from yeast overgrowth, once it becomes systemic in the soft tissues of the body, diet will have no effect.
There are several versions of so-called “yeast-free” diets. These are really of value to only those with a clinical allergy to yeast. It is important to understand that human yeast or candida albicans has no relationship whatsoever to food yeasts. One does not “feed” the other.
If a diet high in sugar and plant yeasts actually caused a candida overgrowth then 90 percent of all of us would have this problem and we don’t. By focusing our attention on diet rather than the root causes of candida overgrowth we will never completely address and eliminate this problem. Antibiotic abuse, steroid drugs, and even birth control medications all lead to yeast overgrowth. Once present it can get into the bloodstream and become a systemic problem very quickly. This scenario, along with a weakened immune system, can lead to serious problems.
How common is yeast overgrowth? It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men have some level of yeast overgrowth at any given time. Should this become a systemic issue then the approach to eliminating the problems must change drastically.
See my video below for further information on the role of diet in managing candida:
Dr Whiting on Anti-Yeast Diet