What natural sugars do I recommend for people on the Candida diet?
To be honest, I don’t recommend any sugars at all.
In my diet, I include honeycomb or honey. But, remember, I don’t have Candida. Manuka honey is my favorite. It has proven anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
I write about xylitol and stevia at quite some length in my book, Candida Crusher. These are the two sugars I recommend if you have Candida.
If you’re going to use a sweetener, I particularly like xylitol. Xylitol is extremely It’s sweet, and it’s found in many different types of berries, fruits, vegetables and even bark from birch trees.
Xylitol is a natural sugar, but unlike cane sugar, it doesn’t shoot your blood sugar way up, leading to an insulin surge and then a blood sugar crash.
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Xylitol inhbits streptococcus mutants, which is an oral bacteria involved in plaque. Just be careful that you don’t buy xylitol that has multi-dextrins or other crappy sugars mixed in with it.
The other thing I like about xylitol is it inhibits acetaldehyde, a toxin produced by Candida. The World Health Organization classifies acetaldehyde as a carcinogen.
Stevia rebaudiana is a small plant that grows in Paraguay and various countries in South America. You can grow the plant in your garden. You can add stevia to salads and drinks. I think that eating the plant is the best way to get the sugar because you get fiber with it.
Stevia is many times sweeter than can sugar. Stevia does have some impact on blood sugar, but it is minuscule. Still, I think xylitol is better for people with diabetes.
Still, remember that the best sugar is no sugar. If you want something sweet, eat berries or bell peppers instead.
If you get bloating and gas when you have stevia or xylitol, stop it at once and you
may need to do some breath testing for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
If you have a terrible reaction to xylitol or stevia, consider getting a comprehensive stool analysis. Check to see if you have a lack of beneficial bacteria or lots of harmful bacteria lurking in your digestive system.