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Can I Eat a Banana on the Candida Diet?

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Bananas are good foods, with lots of Potassium. I eat them a lot when I execise, but the problem is they are very sweet. Can I eat a banana if I have candida?
asked Aug 10, 2013 in Diet by Linda

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No, you really shouldn’t. While some fruits are OK to experiment with a little later on in your diet plan, you should really be avoiding all fruits and fruit juices in the beginning stages. This includes bananas.

This doesn’t mean you need to give up bananas forever, though. They’re incredibly healthy and beneficial, but they’re definitely too high in sugar for those with a severe overgrowth. You’ll need to avoid them for a few weeks, at a minimum – most likely for the first few months of your treatment. The only fruits that are really OK in the beginning stages are things like coconut (fresh, though you will use oil a lot as well), single servings of avocado, strawberries and blueberries in moderation, and juice from lemons and limes.

Once you’re past the initial stages of your diet, you can experiment with adding bananas back in. You’ll want to make sure this is the only food you’re adding so that you can monitor yourself for a few days to ensure you’re not feeding your Candida overgrowth. While bananas are high in sugar, they’re also full of fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium.

A lot of these vitamins are essential to your health and regular bodily functions (like your heart’s electrical activity or your pH balance). This is why, in the case of bananas, the risks of the sugar content are outweighed by the nutritional value. As long as you can tolerate them, you should be able to have them in moderation (no more than one per day, for most people).

Not sure what to do? Definitely call your physician or naturopath for additional guidance. No two people are the same and you may need to some help identifying which foods are right for your Candida diet protocol.

answered Aug 11, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)
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