Overproduction of yeast in the body can lead to the development of yeast infections. People prone to yeast infections often choose to go on a yeast-free diet to rid their bodies of yeast build-up. Studies by the Wisconsin Institute of Nutrition show that a yeast-free diet might help in the treatment of autism. Some people are simply allergic to yeast. At first glance, a yeast-free diet might seem like it restricts the intake of many different types of food, but there are plenty of healthy yeast-free food choices.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories. With a few exceptions, fruits and vegetables are generally acceptable foods for a yeast-free diet. Clinical nutritionist Blake Graham from Nutritional Healing recommends eating fresh vegetables, fresh tofu, beans and any fruit you can peel. Graham also recommends staying away from mushrooms, olives, capers, berries, melon, figs, dates, prunes, cherries and fruit juices.
You may link yeast with carbohydrates, but that's not always the case. Regular bread might contain yeast, but soda bread does not. Other grains such as rice, some pastas, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, oatmeal and grits are yeast-free. When considering grains for a yeast-free diet, it's best to check the label if you think a product might contain yeast.
Nuts and Seeds
Unprocessed nuts and seeds are yeast-free and healthy. Stay away from processed nut products, such as canned peanuts or peanut butter. Nuts are high in protein, vitamins A and E, minerals and fibre. They are also high in carbohydrates and oils, so eat them in moderation.
Avoid certain types of dairy products that might contain yeast, such as yoghurt with fruit and aged or processed cheeses. Safe dairy products for a yeast-free diet include butter, margarine, feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, milk and plain yoghurt.
Meat and fish are naturally yeast-free foods, making them good choices for a yeast-free diet. Beef and uncured pork are good choices for tasty yeast-free meals. Lean meats and fish--including chicken, turkey and shellfish--can also help if you want to lose a few pounds.