Yeast free diets
It is not difficult to have a yeast free diet. One of the ways
is to avoid foods that contain yeast.
Yeast is a fungus organism that feed on sugar and produces gas. We need certain amount
yeast in our body to maintain a normal and healthy digestive tract but too much yeast in our body will give rise
to many health problems such as a yeast infection Hence, people with yeast intolerance need to learn
how to eliminate yeast from their diet.
Yeast is found in most confectionary food such as bread, biscuits, commercially manufactured
gravy and sauces. It is also a common fermentation agent in preserved foods like pickles, vinegar and chutneys.
Read food labels before buying to ensure that there is no yeast. When dining out, do not order meat dishes with
stuffing and gravy. Alcohol such as beer and wine should also be avoided as they contain high yeast
content. Other yeast laden foods are cheese, mushroom and stock cubes. As yeast feeds on sugar, it is also
advisable to reduce or eliminate sugar totally from your diet.
It is easy to plan a yeast free diet. A yeast intolerance condition will
not deprived you of great food. The following are examples of delicious and appetising yeast free
- Rice dishes- plain boiled rice do not contained yeast. It is important to
note that soya sauce used in fried rice contains yeast. If you are cooking your own fried rice, use yeast free
soya sauce such as tamari sauce.
- Salads – a mixture of crunchy and fresh green vegetables makes
a healthy and refreshing lunch. Salads complement meat dishes perfectly Salad creams should be
avoided in a yeast free diet. Try making your own salad dressing by using fruit juice with vegetable
oil. An example of yeast free salad dressing is a blend of orange juice, herbs and olive oil.
- Vegetables provide one of the best sources of vitamins essential to our
wellbeing. Boil, steamed or stir fry vegetable (with tamari sauce), do not overcook the vegetables as it will
destroy its important nutrients.
- If you need to make bread, consider making soda bread or crispbreads and look
out for yeast free bread recipes.
- You can have a hearty and nutritous breakfast without bread. Substitute bread
for breakfast cereals such as rice crispies, oat cakes and oat porridge.
- You can have a yeast free meal of fish, pork, beef, chicken and other meat
products as long as you avoid adding ingredients that contain yeast such as gravy, sauces,
cheese and yeast extracts. Grilled, roast or stir fry meat dishes with seasoning like salt, pepper, sesame oil
and herbs for lunch or dinner are healthy examples of yeast free cooking.
Do not eat fruit immediately after meal. The reason is because whilst the
food you have just consumed is being digested in the stomach, fruit will be left to ferment, this is
one of the reasons why some people experience flatulence after a meal. The best time to eat a fruit is
in the morning or an hour before or after a meal.
Consult a doctor and do your research before embarking on a yeast free diet.
Remember, we do need a certain amount of yeast in our body especially in our stomach. People with yeast intolerance
should look into re introducing good yeast like acidophilus and bifidus
bacteria after a period of yeast free diet.
You no longer have to suffer from the symptoms of yeast intolerance or get
yeast infection when you follow a yeast free diet. There are Yeast free
recipe books available that will show you how to cook delicious yeast free dishes. You will be
amazed by food choices available that do not need yeast. Make it your personal adventure to make yeast free dishes,
who knows, you could be sharing your own yeast free recipes to people with yeast intolerance.