Many people who are following a Candida Diet to eliminate chronic yeast infections ask if potatoes are allowed.
The answer is generally yes and no. The potato wouldn’t be totally forbidden on a Candida Diet, but there are some general guidelines to follow.
Potato Candida Diet Guidelines
Most websites would say that potatoes are OK occasionally while on a Candida Diet, but potato skins should be avoided completely. The premise is that since potatoes grow in soil, they would contain Candida yeast cells on them. Despite washing them and cooking them, you still potentially could be putting yeast into your system by eating the skins.
During the first 60 days of a Candida diet, potatoes should be eaten in very small amounts because the starch in potatoes is converted to sugar pretty quickly by the body. After 60 days and you’ve cleansed you body of Candida overgrowth, then you can eat more potatoes. They should be part of a balanced diet that includes a variety of healthy foods. Potatoes a couple times a week is acceptable.
The Baked Potato Candida Diet Tip
If you are in the maintenance phase of the Candida Diet and are just dying to eat a baked potato, skin and all or want to make some twice baked potatoes or potato skins, here’s a couple of tips.
Soak the potatoes in a strong solution of baking soda and water for an hour or two. This will kill any yeast cells that might be present. If you’re making some potato skins or fried potatoes, fry them in 100% Virgin Coconut Oil for added precaution and health benefits.
I personally only allow myself potatoes one day per week as they are high in starch and carbs, but this is a good precaution when wanting a potato.