Low Carb Foods - High Carb Foods
Okay, we know that for our purposes, lower carbohydrate foods are a smart choice when ridding the body of excess candida yeast.
This does not mean eat no carbs.
It means eat smarter carbohydrates, be choosy.
Carbohydrates digest as sugars, and yeast loves sugar. Some high carbohydrate foods are going to cause more trouble than others.
So, let’s look at what carbohydrates actually are, and what foods contain them.
The three main types of carbohydrates are:
- starch (also known as complex carbohydrates)
Foods high in starch are definitely not low carb foods. They include:
- grains & anything made from grain flours: wheat, oats, barley, quinoa, millet, rice, etc.
- legumes: beans, lentils, peas etc.
- starchy vegetables: potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, corn and yams
For our purposes, and our candida recipes, your smartest choices are the starchy vegetables.
Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods.
When you consume dietary fiber, most of it passes through the intestines and is not digested.
The carbohydrates in fiber do not offer us any nutrients or energetic values.
We obtain plenty of fiber in the candida recipes with a bountiful assortment of plant foods (including vegetables & non-sweet fruits, leafy greens, herbs, nuts, seeds, sprouts).
Foods high in fiber include:
- vegetables and fruits
- leafy greens
- whole grains
- nuts and seeds
Our smartest choices from this list are the vegetables (and less sweet fruits for those who can tolerate them), leafy greens, small amounts of seaweed if desired, and nuts and seeds in moderation.
Sugar is another kind of carbohydrate.
You will find sugar in:
- Naturally occurring sugars such as those in milk or fruit.
- Maple syrup, honey, molasses, etc...
- Sugars added to foods during processing.
Common names for sugar include:
Table sugar, brown sugar, beet sugar,
cane sugar, confectioner's sugar, powdered sugar, raw sugar,
turbinado, molasses, corn syrup, rice syrup, golden syrup,
honey, malt, malt syrup or malted anything, maple syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, and sugar cane syrup.
Chemical names for sugars include sucrose (table sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), and lactose (milk sugar).
There’s also glucose, levulose, maltose, galactose, and mannose. Anything that ends “ose” is a derivative of sugar.
Then there are sugars with names that end with “in”, like dextrin and maltodextrin.
There are also sugars made from date palm, sugar maple, sorghum, and beets.
Sugar alcohols - sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol, are metabolized more slowly than sugar, but are eventually used by the body as sugar. These may work for some on a candida cleanse, as an occasional sweetener.
Of course, beware of the artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes including aspartame and saccharin.
Avoid Nutrasweet, Sweet n’ Low, Splenda, Equal and all the rest of the fake sweeteners.
Food manufaturers can claim them as low carb foods, but they're not foods at all. They're laboratory created chemicals.
The safest bet is to stick with the recommendations on the Foods To Include list.
If you have a nagging sweet tooth, try a stevia-sweetened treat.
You didn't think I'd expect you to jump aboard and agree a total lack of sweetness in your life, did you? I wouldn't do that to you. ; )
I use stevia (the whole herb as well as a liquid extract form) to sweeten foods and beverages. It's delicious, 100% natural, with no sugars.
My stevia recipes will help you make all-natural, low sugar treats!
Low Carb Coconut Macaroon Recipe
Low Carb Fruits
All our vegetable recipes are low carb
All our coconut recipes are low carb
All our beverage recipes are low carb
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Candida Diet Guidelines