I am often asked whether I approve of including stevia and xylitol in the Candida crusher diet. My reply is this: Do not become a slave to any kind of sugar. Don’t become a slave to any food or beverage. It’s a concern if you feel that you need added sugar in your diet. You should be able to get all the sweetness you need from berries and other kinds of natural food in your diet. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and even bell peppers are quite sweet. When you adjust to only eating fresh, healthy foods, you’ll find you won’t need to add sugar to your diet.
The less sugar you have in your diet, the better the microbial balance in your gut, and the healthier your digestive system. Avoiding the sugar highs and lows that come with added sweeteners will also improve your mood, energy, and sleep.
If you are going to have something sweet in your diet, I prefer that you eat a little bit of Manuka honey rather than stevia or xylitol. The sugar found in Manuka honey is called levulose. Levulose will give you an instant hit, which will satisfy your cravings. At the same time, your body converts some of those complex sugars into glycogen that is absorbed slowly.
There has been a long debate about eating Manuka honey if you have Candida. Some people believe that honey exacerbates Candida. However, I’ve had many clients who can easily get away with small amounts of Manuka honey despite having Candida. The honey causes them no problem at all. I recommend that you don’t add sugar to your diet. If you do decide to add a little something sweet to your daily eating routine, Manuka honey is the best option.
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