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Foods to Avoid When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body

Molds and yeasts are fungal microorganisms that can not only grow in your home, they can also live in your body.  Most victims of internal mold are already suffering from diseases such as diabetes or immune system weaknesses or deficiencies that allow the fungus a welcoming habitat in which to thrive.  If you have a fungal infection of any kind, it is important that in addition to seeking professional medical help, you also begin battling the fungus by avoiding certain foods and drinks.  If mold or yeast within the body is not fed what it needs to survive, it will stop growing and eventually starve to death  (well, hey, that’s the theory, at least!).

Experts highly suggest that victims avoid the following at all costs:

Sugar:  Whether it’s white, brown, or a healthier choice, such as coconut sugar, when it comes to mold and yeast, if it’s sweet-tasting at all, it’s sugar and sugar is a fungus’ best friend.  It’s going to be difficult – it may even feel downright impossible – but until the fungus has fungused its last, you need to say goodbye to sugar in all its forms (or strictly monitor your intake of the healthier options):  white sugar, brown sugar, healthy sugar alternatives (coconut flakes, fruit-derived sugars), aspartame and splenda (diet sodas & “sugar-free” foods), maple syrup, molasses, and even honey.  Basically, stay away from fructose, lactose, maltose, glucose, mannitol, and sortbitol.

Processed Foods:  Anything in a can, box, or bottle has been processed and is not considered a “whole food.”  Whole foods are either not processed (changed, altered, added to, or manipulated) or they have only 1 to 2 alterations before reaching the grocery store (such as nuts being shelled, for instance).  Most everything that is pre-packaged will contain sugar or some additive for “freshness” that acts as a sugar in the body and will feed the fungus.

You need to kill the mold before it kills you.  The bad news is that you not only have to give up sugar, you also have to give up those quick-and-easy meals and snacks, as well. The good news?  Well, aside from regaining your health and ridding yourself of merciless, opportunistic fungi, you may even shed a few unwanted pounds and have a reason to go shopping!  Before you get excited, let’s take a look at just some of the processed foods you now need to be avoiding:

Canned foods – Most sauces, baked beans (because of the sugar added during cooking), nearly all soups.

Bottled foods – All soft drinks (even diet), all fruit juices (even homemade), most condiments.

Boxed or Packaged foods – microwaveable or oven-ready meals, nearly all breakfast cereals, all chocolate, all candy, all ice cream, and most frozen foods.

Foods Already Containing Yeast or Mold:  Um.  Fungus gets lonely.  It’s in the mood for like-minded neighbors.  Don’t give it a friend.  Stay away from dairy!  No milk, no sour cream, no buttermilk, no butter, and worst of all?  Cheese.  Don’t eat cheese, but if you must, don’t even think about touching stilton cheese.

Alcoholic Drinks:  Not only is alcohol a literal poison, it’s also one of fungus’ most beloved pals.  No wine, no beer, no cider, no brandy, no whiskey, no gin, no rum.  “But why is all the rum gone?!” you may ask.  The answer is simple: You’re not a pirate, you’re a loved one infected with fungus and someone, somewhere needs you alive and well and waiting at the hospital only to greet newborn grandchildren, not awaiting a death sentence.

Processed and Smoked Meats:  Hot dogs, smoked fish, ham, bacon, sausages, corned beef, pastrami…  Basically, if it doesn’t resemble the original animal, don’t eat it.  Have you tried veganism?  No, that salad suffocated by chicken strips doesn’t count.  Look, nobody’s judging you here, maybe you can’t be a vegan for the love of animals, but you most-certainly could be a vegan because you hate plants!  Give it a try or do a little research on where your meat comes from and how it’s made, for your own sake.

Edible Fungi:  Seriously?  Mold is destroying your body and you want to eat its cousin?!  I already told you – no fungus friends!  No mushrooms, no truffles – don’t even think about it.

Condiments: Put down the ketchup…  and the mustard, too.  No condiments (or pickled foods) containing sugar or vinegar.  That’s right, get in the habit of saying, “Hold the mayo.”

Malt Products:  Say goodbye to breakfast cereals, Malt-O-Meal, candies, and that naughty chocolate malt shake you’ve been sneaking on Fridays after work.

Fruit Juices:  It’s no longer a trending rumour on social media sites, every single packaged fruit juice is a potential mold smuggler.  All packaged fruit juices may potentially contain molds. (Fresh fruit juices made in your home are the only ones you’re allowed to sneak, but do so in moderation because of the high sugar content.)

Dried Fruits:  Personally, I’m not at all disappointed by this one, are you?  No more dried raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, dates, etc.  Why?  Sugar, sugar, sugar.

So, you might be looking at this list and wondering just what you can eat.  Unfortunately, I’d have to change the title of this article in order to answer that question so why don’t you go check out Foods To Eat When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body.

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TheWife is the mother and personal chef of two boys, the domestic technician of a three-bedroom desert home, and occasionally, a freelance writer and editor. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @TheWifesLife

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42 thoughts on “Foods to Avoid When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body

  1. You forgot gluten, especially bread. And nuts. I get “exposure symptoms” when I eat some bread (or even smell from the bag), few or no symptoms if it’s pretty fresh. Gluten tends to be inflamatory, but most people don’t notice it, so gluten should be avoided for this reason alone. Nuts are hit/miss for me, some are contaminated and I can tell right away, but I stay away from peanuts (aflatoxins). Some say rinsing nuts helps. Cooking doesn’t kill mycotoxins, but temps of 165*F will kill spores (but leaves the toxins if present). Corn tends to harbor mycotoxins, especially if stored badly after harvest. I’ve noticed no symptoms yet with yogurt, kefir, most cheese (haven’t found a bad one yet, but I stay away from the “moldy” kind, like Blue). Root veg (like potatoes & carrots) are supposed to be avoided, but I’ve had no symptoms from them. Potatoes should be avoided because of the sugar surge anyway (they are a simple carb).

  2. What about canning your own food and meals? I like to can salsa, chicken stock(using organic chicken), meats, beans, fruits and veggies, condiments (I’ve made my own ketchup, bbq sauce, mayo, etc), and dry cans of ready to make meals (which I am switching the pasta noodles to gluten free alternatives).

  3. I’d like to mention that anything you can do to improve your immune system is beneficial when trying to battle internal yeast or fungus. Obviously antibiotics should not be taken if it’s yeast or fungus, and will only make it worse. Steroids are also very bad. Probiotics will help. The “spit test” you can do at home is a good indicator of candida, and will help you estimate whether or not your regime is helping or hurting. Additionally, an elimination diet to start will help you gauge whether some foods help or hurt.

  4. Angie: IMO, preparing all food from scratch is ideal, so canning is great! Way to go! I don’t have the energy for that, but I make casseroles to freeze in glass microwavable containers for quick meals when I’m too ill to cook. I also use frozen fruit and veg if I can’t cook/get fresh. My doc told me not to even eat gluten-free flour products (Wah!) because it’s still a simple carb (highly processed).
    I’m ill due to exposure to mold for 3.5 years. At first, I thought it was candida, but eventually I was tested for biotoxin illness, and then they found mold growing in the walls and carpets of the water-damaged building I was working in. It overwhelmed my immune system (and poisoned me with mycotoxins!), so while I did have candida, I also had EBV and other problems that were due to my impaired immune system — moreso than anything else I was doing. The candida and elimination diet helped a little, but not enough, so I continued to search for a doctor that could test and diagnose the CAUSE of why I was so ill. Because of the mold, I probably also have a persistent sinus infection, even though it doesn’t seem like I do. I was using sinus sprays every day due to stuffy/runny nose, but a change in diet greatly helped with that. (no milk or gluten especially)

  5. HI. I´m from Denmark and have a lot og difficulties to find material about mold and treatment.I have been on diet for the last week and feel the symtoms even more now. Have any of you observed at the start of your diet, that your symtoms is getting worse
    Annie Jannsen

  6. Dear Everyone,,

    Is there anything I can use instead of regular pasta? I have used all kinds as my husband was dxed at borderline diabetic. I have used the kind made of veggie flour I think, Now I have been dxed as having systemic mold or fungus by my naturopathic doc. BTW, I just LOVE Italian for and any kind of pasta – BOO HOO and cheese ):!!

    If I cannot use the veggie pasta am I forced to use the zucchini and get that thing that makes the zucchini like spaghetti. I would think it would be OK but far from the same. By the way, if you do the zucchini noodles do you cook them or eat them raw.??

    I have so many questions but this is a start I guess. Have to go out to eat tonight and have to eat Mexican so just blow that off as a total cheat. All I can do with that is forgo cheese for sure and try not to eat to many chips.

    Would also love any short cuts. I am almost 75 and have also had FM, and little NRG and lots of pain for years. The thought of cooking everything from scratch is not good. Unfortunately I have to cook for my DH. I can do without a lot of stuff, if I have to for the most part. I will also miss my daily wine but have to cheat once in a while.

  7. Anyone,

    Also, what do any of you know about sour dough bread?? My naturopathic doc said it was OK to eat some or a little bit of it but not a whole lot..I think it is also OK for those with borderline diabetes like my DH or diabetes.

    Thanks to everyone reading in advance !

    God bless !

  8. Zucchini noodles are really tasty! I was surprised! I eat them raw. As far as how much to change…I’d start where you can and keep looking for more information and ways to eat healthfully, especially when you are dealing with mold symptoms. Check out the candida diet.

  9. Angie from Denmark, it is common to have a detox period, or healing crisis. The symptoms can elevate as the mold starves in a strong struggle to survive. This should elevate withing 1 to 3 weeks. And then grow exponentially better as time goes on.

    Remember that carbohydrates break down into sugars and then, too, feed the fungi.
    Keep carbohydrates minimal and complex, like sweet potatoes.

    Neem and Vitamin C are great internally and externally.
    Cedar Wood Oil is great on rashes, hives, athletes foot, ringworm, ceriosis, excema, etc…

  10. Fruit, veggies, grains, even salad contain sugar to a certain degree. Unless you’re living entirely off animal flesh there are likely to be sugar molecules entering your body.

  11. IMO, start by eliminating things that are actually made with molds — cheese, bread, etc — and work from there if you have a problem with this. But maintain a balanced diet that is SUSTAINABLE. Small changes over a long period.

  12. Reading all the things you CAN’T eat makes me really wonder what I actually CAN eat? What do you typically eat for breakfast for instance?

  13. Mmmm … though I’ve had cronic fatigue symptoms on and off for years… with severe reactions to anti-biotics…overwhelming sense of fungal growth (feeling unsafe and stressed in damp environments- tingly, creeping of fungal growth in ears, foggy confusion, constant chest weekness with in a few minutes of damp /cold air – it seems v stupid on my part that I am only now taking the anti- candida diet seriously …though not finding it straight forward…Mainly because of unexpected thrusts of sugary/fungal temptations constantly offered to me daily in community living. A friend unexpectedly baked me cake today…as a gift…At community lunch all meals had mushrooms and sweet dressing on the salad…To-day out driving – I stopped at a small food mart & bought and ate 1/2 a bag of frozen peas as the best anti candida option I could find for quelling hunger – (great on a hot day) I learn from what i’ve read here – frozen foods aren’t OK…I am getting better at going without … but so far I bust on something most days suddenly out of the blue…like suddenly having a bite out of a peach I am offering family…The yeasty bugs are still screaming “Gimmee that sugar NOW”
    Mouthfuls of Tahini paste have been a helpful snack!
    I am going to need to extend this 3 week diet to 6 weeks prob..if not forever…(still tired and foggy and sore…though facial blisters are fading and so is tubbyness- legs are slimmer…Hooray – a healthy life change

  14. James – if broccoli s simple sugars are food for yeast then are peas and carrots too… they seem sweeter! I’ve been eating more of them lately…(oops)
    I thought tomatoes were a no no also …
    and onions are very sweet .. they almost fry up into toffee!…
    mmm what will i snack on now?… a mouth ful of shredded coconut! And a hot cup of crystal juice (water)…jo – Australia

  15. I had to live in a home for 3 years that had severe mold and I have gotten very sick. Is there an all-natural way I can get this mold out of my system? I am desperate!

  16. I have a mold allergies& problems with yeast infection. I need help with theses in understanding right foods to eat.

  17. What about eggs? I have a bad case of black mold and i feel like its taking the best of me.

  18. I’ve heard its bad to take antibiotics while healing from mold poisoning, but I’m currently on Cipro for the next few months because right before I found out about my mold exposure I was also diagnosed with Lyme Disease and another tick-borne illness. Any suggestions? Should I be taking lots of probiotics or no?

  19. Read Dr. Ritchie C; Shoemaker’s books on mold in your body and the diet that works .

  20. That’s a good article. Now I know what foods to avoid. It would be nice to know what actually I can eat to stay healthy and alive.

  21. How do i know if or when i’ve starved the mold out of my body? Will i ever be able to eat Sugar and Wheat again?

  22. I just got a friggin yeast infection (the lady kind) and was looking to see if I could eat coconut/palm sugar at all (honey made it come back after it was almost gone), and I found your article. A big thank you for posting this 🙂 Will stay away.

  23. Hi my name is Johanna I have Aspergilloses, not serious at this stage, I am trying the mold free diet but would like to if I can still drink Kefir, thank you Johanna.

  24. Hi Johanna, it looks like Kefir is allowed on the candida diet. I’m not sure how it applies directly to your case with Aspergillosis. Are you mainly drinking it to balance the gut flora? If you are unsure, I’d look into effective probiotics instead of the Kefir.

  25. Hi Krystle and Brian. Thank you for the information! Very helpful.

    I noticed you do not include any information for how long you must follow this diet– or how you might know when you have rid the mold from your body. Can you speak to this?

    Thank you!

  26. Honestly you should include what one CAN eat because for the exception of vegetables, every other food is listed.

  27. As far as what to eat and what not to eat, check out the Cable/Satellite TV program called “KNOW THE CAUSE”, with Doug Kaufman. He maintains a website called:

    He’s written quite a few books that are available from Amazon and other online suppliers.

    After nearly being killed by too many, Doctor prescribed anti-biotics (Z-pak, leviquin, Cipro, Augmenting, etc.), Doug’s information has been a life saver.

  28. Your reasoning here is incredibly stupid, similar to that of a child. You do not use any critical analysis at all. Most of your recommendations do not apply.

    Eating healthy fungus will not cause bad fungus to grow. The absurdity of that notion is laughable. You are literally making stuff up that sounds good and people who are emotion-driven eat it up with a spoon.

    Hence the reasoning of women is limited to her emotions and similar to that of a child.

  29. Alice,

    Have you looked up the anti-candida diet before? It is pretty similar to what this article discusses.

  30. I think eggs are considered okay. Though, I’d try to get really good quality eggs. Pasture-raised, organic eggs are what I try to find. Home-raised are often the best.

  31. Yum, coconut is so good! I also love walnuts! I would think most veggies would be okay, except perhaps potatoes. Grapefruit and granny smith apples are usually the fruits considered okay on this protocol, but avoidance of many of the other fruits, at least for awhile.

  32. A lot of the time the food you eat has preservatives in it.. Whats the big deal here you say? well nothing except preservatives tend to kill off your natural flora making space for more candida.
    There is always some candida but tipping the balance is easy. The worst preservative is 220 sulphur (dried fruit plus you get the sugars).
    my 2 cents provided free!

  33. Andre, your comment on preservatives is an excellent addition to this list. Thank you for pointing that out.

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