Anti-candida diet

The anti-candida diet (ACD) is basically a nutritional means to reduce candida albicans yeast that's present in our bodies, food and environment. In some people (those who have taken excessive amounts of antibiotics or who have comprised immune systems), the yeast can multiply out of control.

The ACD program recommends starving the yeast by cutting out any foods that feed it or encourage it to grow to reduce the candida to a "normal" level. The strictest version of the diet would eliminate:

• Anything containing sugar;

• Simple carbohydrates, such as flour, cakes, cookies, breads, etc.;

• Foods that contain mold or fungus, such as yeast, mushrooms, peanuts, cashews, cheese;

• The most common food allergens, such as dairy, eggs, wheat, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts;

• Foods that are fermented (alcohol, vinegars, all condiments including ketchup, mustard, soy sauce);

• Anything artificial, processed, containing chemicals or additives, imitation or artificial seasonings flavorings and colorings;

• Soda pop, fruit juice, pre-sweetened drinks, coffee, tea (except herbal teas).

What's left to eat, you are probably wondering? Actually, there are quite a few healthy, tasty choices including:

• All vegetables except starchy ones (winter squash, and heaven forbid, no corn. It's not really a vegetable anyhow);

• Whole, gluten-free grains (brown rice, quinoa, amaranth);

• Beans and legumes;

• Some nuts and most seeds;

• Water;

• Natural, cold-pressed oils, such as olive oil;

• Lemon and lime juice;

• Stevia (a natural herbal sweetener that does not affect blood sugar levels as long as it's alcohol-free);

• Unsweetened alternative dairy beverages, such as soy milk;

• Some fruit that has a low-glycemic index such as berries and cantaloupe.