Here’s a list of all foods to avoid if you follow the Candida Diet

foods to avoid

No sugar on the Candida Diet!

Key of this diet is to help your body heal.

The following foods unfortunately don’t fall into this category as they feed yeast in one form or another.

They either contain sugar which is not allowed on the Anti Candida Diet.

Or they contain fermented produce which you should step away from, too, if you want to succeed with this diet.

Another reason why the food mentioned here is not recommended for Candida sufferers is that it creates an acidic environment that promotes inflammations.

List of Sweet Foods to Avoid

You guessed it all the usual goodies that taste sweet and scrumptious are heading up our list of foods to avoid – what a shame!

  1. Sugar
  2. Honey
  3. Fresh Fruit and Dried Fruit
  4. Chocolate & sweets
  5. Cakes, biscuits & other sweet bakery treats

Sounds madness, doesn’t it. Our whole culture is built around “sandwhich brakes” and snacks. Just before you click off this page in sheer bewilderment and horror please take a look at the candida diet foods you are allowed to eat. Hopefully that brings back a bit of life into your cheeks my friend.

Other Carbohydrates that are not allowed on the Candida Diet

  1. White flour (also white pasta) – the body breaks it down into sugar
  2. Mushy starchy/ sweet vegetables (potato mash, beetroot, sweet potato, parsnip – not completely forbidden but better not eaten before Phase 3 of the Candida Diet as they provide quick release energy for the yeast)

Typical Dietary Mistakes That Feed Candida

When it finally dawned on me that I had yeast related health issues I turned into a health freak. I knew sugar was bad so I banned all cakes and chocolates. I bought only organic food and cooked fresh all the time. The following is a list of foods to avoid for candida sufferers.

Candida No-go Foods from my experience

  • Muesli with Dried Fruit – hard to digest and full of sugar
  • Honey -needless to say honey contains sugar
  • Porridge or Shreddies/ Wheat Flakes with Milk

Milk contains lactose, a form of sugar. Also many people have a food intolerance to oats and/ or wheat. I would have never admitted it myself because I loved eating this convenience food too much. Not to mention Bagels and cheesy toasted sandwiches! That aside every cereal packet under the sun has added sugar in one form or another (disguised as Fructose, Malt, Dextrose, syrup…)

Drinks that are not Permitted on the Candida Diet

  1. Coffee (stimulants make the body release sugar reserves into the blood stream as readily available energy – the dirty little scoundrels can even feed on that, unbelievable)
  2. Alcohol
  3. Milk (contains milk sugars and is mucous producing)
  4. Fruit Juices (even freshly squeezed!) & Smoothies – Uh uh, bad choice, makes it worse.
  5. Lemonade, energy drinks…

Watch out – Produce containing yeast & Fermented foods to avoid!

  1. Cheese
  2. Mushrooms (watch out for quorn, made from fungus)
  3. Bread & bakery products
  4. Battered food including scotch eggs, fish or sausages
  5. Anything containing fermented food like soya sauce, vinegar or (exception apple cider vinegar)
  6. Stock Cubes with yeast-free
  7. Nuts (unless freshly cracked, apparently the shelled ones they contain unseen mould)

More Foods to avoid as they are a No-Go-area during the Candida Diet

  1. Canned foods with citric acid e.g. tomatoes
  2. Hot spicy sauces (kill all bacteria in your gut, even the good ones, also highly acidic and oily foods in particular are difficult to digest)
  3. Deep fried food (many free radicals – vitamin depleting)
  4. Red Meats (sits in your intestines for a long, long time as it is so hard to break down – the longer it sits the more chance to putrefy which we’re desperately trying to avoid here as you need as much energy as possible to fight Candida.

I know what you’re thinking right now – That this diet is impossible. Demoralising. And sheer horror.

You might have a point. I admit, it’s not for the faint-hearted. But we’re not doing this for fun, right. We’re doing this because we have to.

There’s no easy way out. If you don’t follow the diet you’ll stay ill. If you do follow the diet you’ll have to develop a cleansing regime that unfortunately is not pleasant and that does mean sticking to this list of foods to avoid!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Thuli June 26, 2013 at 03:35

Please help me with stage1
Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Thank you


Sandra June 26, 2013 at 07:38

Hey Thuli, you’re not meant to eat in stage 1 ;-) So your breakfast, lunch and dinner will be more of the liquid variety. Think broths, light soups, fresh vegetable juices. If however you have to work or will be physically active (or you simply are not ready for a cleanse) then have smoothies, salads and steamed or stir-fried vegetables with a little brown rice. Alternatively start straight away with stage 2, following the recipes on my “candida diet recipes” page. Basically, the more load you take of your digestive system and the more you rest, the more benefit you’ll get from stage 1. Just see what feels right for you at this moment in time. There is no rush. Do it to the best to your abilities, and you will heal.
Take care.


Ginger September 18, 2013 at 01:31

I’m trying to help a friend do a candida diet for her Autistic 6 year old sons. They are picky eaters, where can I start. They are also suppose to be gluten, dairy, yeast and sugar free. Please help!


Sandra September 18, 2013 at 08:41

Hi Ginger, that’s awfully nice of you to help your friend. It’s not easy to adopt the Candida Diet so your support will help her a lot.

If your friend and her son have been eating a lot of fast food and sweets then it would be good if they could do a mini fast to cleanse their digestive system before they start the new way of eating. Here’s a bit more info:

If they have already been eating very wholesome it’s not essential but beneficial. That said, it’s probably difficult to get a child to get on board with that so just eating light and healthy woould be good (think wholegrains rather than white pasta and white bread or sweetened cereal. Brown rice and steamed or lightly fried vegetables are easy to digest and nourishing, as well as fish and white organic meat.

Rice milk and unsweetened almond milk are delicius milk alternatives. For the transition it’s easier to eat a little fruit like green apples and blue berries, but no sugar. Just take a look at the recipes on my blog. They are divided into the different stages of the diet. That will give you an idea what they can eat and how they can slowly add some things back into their diet. Here’s a link to the recipes:

All of them are yeast free and most of them are gluten, dairy and sugar free. It’s fantastic that they want to do this. It looks difficult, but once the habits are changed it’s easy to maintain the diet and there tons of delicious things to eat. Plus the main thing is obviously that they will look and feel better.


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