Is the Candida diet healthy … or should you avoid it because it can damage your health?
Candida is a fungus that naturally lives inside the human body. It becomes problematic when its levels go out of balance.
The reasoning used for doing the candida diet is that sugar feeds your Candida overgrowth. Thus, you need to starve the Candida by greatly limiting sugar in your diet.
But this can lead to all manner of health problems.
Yes, it’s important to address a Candida overgrowth.
A Candida overgrowth can cause all manner of health issues like fatigue, brain fog, anxiety and bloating to name a few.
On a more serious note though a Candida overgrowth can cause a leaky gut.
This can then lead to serious health issues, like autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus to name just three.
So do you actually need to follow an anti candida diet?
This is exactly what I explore in my video today.
Is Anti Candida Diet Healthy?
With an anti-Candida diet, a large amount of total calories comes from fat, which invariably means eating lots of saturated fat.
Well, this is simply a recipe for a health disaster.
Just some of the health issues linked with high saturated-fat meals/diets include:
- Inflammation, oxidative stress in your body, and also arterial stiffness, so damaged to your arteries. This can last up to six hours after a meal high in saturated fat. (1,2)
- Increased risk of nonalcoholic liver disease and diabetes. (3)
- Saturated fat and trans fat increase abdominal obesity, which then increases the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer. (4)
- Diets high in saturated fat increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline and dementia. (5,6)
- Many studies show that consuming foods high in saturated fat significantly increase a person’s type 2 diabetes. (7)
High fat diets, especially high in saturated fat, can cause damage to your health long term.
When you experience an overgrowth of Candida, you do really need to take the correct steps to balance it as soon as possible.
So would a Candida diet be a necessary step to take? The answer is no.
A study was conducted that put people on a high sugar diet that contained 14 spoonfuls of sugar a day.
What they found was that there was no correlation between Candida counts and sugar consumption, meaning the Candida population in their gut did not grow any bigger with adding all that extra refined sugar. (8)
Of course you don’t want to eat 14 spoonfuls of sugar – you want to keep your diet high in whole food carbs, however sugar is not a problem when Candida is concerned.
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