Cheese and the Candida Dietbedewy
Cheese is such a huge part of the American diet. We eat cheese on everything, such as sandwiches, burgers, salads, eggs and chili just to name a few. Cheese platters boast elegance and sophistication at our special events. Cheeses help us create terrific casseroles and can you imagine many of your Italian favorites without cheese. There are so many different types of cheese. I found that on a very popular website discussing cheese there are actually 670 types of cheesed listed in its database. That is a whole lot of cheese and surely not all of them are off limits for the Candida Diet?
The Candida Diet is a diet used to treat a condition called candidiasis. Candidiasis is an overgrowth of yeast (Candida) in the intestinal system that releases toxins and causes ill health. The Candida actually overburdens the intestinal system causing an imbalance in its functioning. The Candida Diet seeks to correct this imbalance by cutting off the food supply enabling the Candida to flourish. Sugar and quick acting carbohydrates are the biggest sources of food for the Candida but things such as cheese can also contribute to feeding the Candida.
The primary ingredient in cheese is cow’s milk. Cow’s milk, also prohibited on the diet, is high in sugar and contains lactose. Lactose is hard for many people to digest and is therefore not ideal when battling candidiasis. Additionally, many ingredients are added to cheese, such as vinegar and salt. These are also prohibited ingredients and may aggravate candidiasis symptoms. Many cheeses also contain mold and some are even produced via fermentation process, which adds yeast. All of these factors make eating cheese risky business for the Candida dieter. To make matters worse there is much conflicting information about cheese and the Candida Diet on the Internet.
Many sources say that it is okay to eat certain types of cheese but do not warn dieters that they most likely will be consuming additives that are prohibited on the diet. In my opinion cheese is not good for the Candida diet. Anytime I consume it my symptoms return. This however is how it affects me and that might not be the case for others. If you are new to this diet you will find out that what does not work for some may work for others. If you would like to experiment and see if cheese is something that you can still enjoy in moderation on the Candida Diet here are a few suggestions.
Stay away from moldy, aged or processed cheese. Some examples of moldy or aged cheese include Brie, Roquefort, Stilton and Gorgonzola. Processed cheeses such as cheese slices, cheese dips and cheese whiz are also unhealthy and off limits. Cheeses that you should try instead include mozzarella, provolone and/or Swiss. Try finding these varieties of cheese with as few additives as possible, especially without vinegar.
For more information on the Candida Diet visit Yeast Free Living.
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