If a Person Is Allergic to Yeast, What Foods Should They Not Eat?

Updated on August 03, 2008
K.R. asks from Charlotte, NC
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My daughter (10 years old) was found to be allergic to yeast. But, what does this mean? I've heard I should stay away from wheat and sugar. So, I attempt to eat rice, vegetables, and meat. I'm wondering if we should be following a gluten free diet.

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answers from Nashville on

What does the doctor say? Have you noticed her symptoms improving with the diet she is on now? I know it takes awhile for it to get out of the system. my advice is to become an expert at yeast allergies look up everything and anything you can. Google, talk to people dealing with this issue. Call dieticians and dr's. I hope you get some useful advice. Good luck.

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answers from Hickory on

I have food allergies as well, and the good news is that it does get easier with time as you learn what to do and what not to do.
BUT...before you go through all that, I would advise anyone with this circumstance to be certain to get EXCELLENT medical diagnosis.
First...is your daughter allergic or non-tolerant of yeast. This can be determined by her reaction to yeast - hives or swelling of the face, mouth, trouble breathing - that's a food allergy
Other symptoms mean intolerance - which is a digestive issue
Since your daughter is only 10, which is not an uncommon age to have allergy issues, it is very likely she will outgrow an allergy such as this.
The first thing I would do if it was my child would be to visit the BEST allergist I would probably go someplace like Duke. I have had bad experiences with local allergists (not just this location, but several others). A good allergist will ensure you have the necessary info to avoid problematic foods!



answers from Greensboro on

Dear K.,

Look up Candida diet to find the foods you need to avoid. Also www.feingold.org is a great resource for anyone with food sensitivities.

L. B.



answers from Raleigh on

I agree that your doctor should have given you some type of direction. My son has tree nut allergies and I have found that educating those with whom he comes in contact is very important. Just last weekend, his Sunday School teacher and the food director at Vacation Bible School created potential nut situations for him. Please remember to educate her teachers and other caregivers about her needs. Also make sure she is learning to speak up and question foods that may be risky for her. Try this website
www.foodallergy.org/ It is the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Network. They can give you more information.



answers from Huntington on

They should not eat yeast bread. This means using baking powder and/or soda instead of yeast for a raising agents. You could also make unleavened bread. There are a lot of tasty reciept using peanut butter, oats, spelt, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds,etc. She should stay away from sweets because they cause yeast to grow. We all have yeast in our digestive tracks, and we just don't want it to get out of control.
J. P.

I stay at home for now and have 4 grown children. I am health conscience, eat as much organically as I can get or grow, make my own bread.



answers from Nashville on

Your local hospital should have a dietician on staff. Call and schedule an appointment to see the dietician and get some professional advice.



answers from Chattanooga on

Hi K.,
It's very nice to meet you. I'm not sure of all foods that have yeast in them, however, most breads that I know of do. My mother and I used to make homemade pizza crust from a recipe on the back of a yeast packet bought at our local grocery store, so I figure pizza dough has yeast in it as well. Maybe you can check with a local bakery to ask if there are any breads that do not contain yeast in them. I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help K.. I hope and pray that your daughter will outgrow this, maybe it's temporary. May the lord lead and guide you to find something that your daughter's digestive system can tolerate in which she can still enjoy in the bread group.
Hope, Prayer & Hugs,



answers from Wheeling on

You asked what it means to have the allergy to yeast...maybe just google "yeast allergy" to give you a more informed idea of what you're up against. When I googled it the only info I got was yeast infection, yeast rash et., but nothing about allergy. I didn't spend much time on that, so possibly you'll have better luck on line with that question. Lots of luck K., I hope you get some answers for your daughter.



answers from Huntington on

The doctor who diagnosed her didn't tell you or refer you to a dietitian???

Yeast is in anything that rises, i.e., bread, rolls, pizza dough, etc.

I don't know why you would have been told wheat and sugar, except that most wheat products require yeast for rising. Flatbreads wouldn't. Sugar is used to activate the yeast, so sugar alone wouldn't apply.



answers from Wheeling on

You can log on to this site and it gives you some pretty heavy-duty info on the subject: http://www.womentowomen.com/digestionandgihealth/candida.... with foods you should/should not eat to detox your body. The first few days you will feel really yucky as your body gets rid of the toxins (headache, extreme lethargy, etc.).
This website suggests taking a product called Candida to help rid of the yeast in your system - but I just recently found another product called "ThreeLac" that I just ordered the other day and am going to try. This is the website for that that you can read about: http://www.stopyeast.com/

It can be pretty miserable as it affects so many areas of your body - gastro/sinus/vaginal yeast infections, etc. I can tell you that after I eliminated the main culprit - sugar - I felt sooooo much better, clear headed, and had so much more energy within a week or so. It was amazing.

It isn't easy - but once you get over the hump you will no longer crave the things that are bad for you. I eat a lot of fresh fruits, fish, poultry, veggies - and just try cool ways to fix them that aren't boring. I puree strawberries and different fruits w/ olive oil, etc. to make salad dressings (may sound gross but it's not so bad). Best of look to you. God Bless :)



answers from Johnson City on


It would be good to set up an appointment with a nutritionist to help you and your daughter figure out which foods should be avoided, and how to tell if something has yeast in it before she eats it.


answers from Clarksville on

Hi K.,

I am sorry to hear your daughter has a yeast allergy. One nice thing is you'll be able to start eliminating the foods that have been causing her problems and she will be on the path to healing.

On another note, I find it troubling that you haven't been given the support, information and education that you should have received from the allergist, doctor or clinic where your daughter was tested. I'm glad you are seeking advice and support of others here though.

To start, I second the suggestion to google "yeast allergy" and see what information you uncover. You may find that you have a better understanding of what this means in reference to your daughter, the foods she can have and places you can get the items.

I would also contact the allergist, specialist or dietician to ask about the specific foods/limitations for her.

Hope that helps and best of luck to you and your family as you make these dietary changes. I know from personal experience that it can be challenging at times but it can be done.




answers from Memphis on

You shouldn't need to be as restricted as the gluten-free diet. White flour is the primary restriction on a gluten-free diet, including breads and pasta. White flour isn't the problem in a yeast allergy. Yeast is added to things that rise, like breads, but generally not in pastas. There are breads and pastas that don't contain gluten but that may contain yeast. There should be breads that are yeast-free but they will be heavier, not light and fluffy. In short, they are 2 very different problems. You should talked to your ped., allergist, or nutritionist to learn what to look for and what to avoid.



answers from Knoxville on


A gluten free diet it not going to help an individual who is allergic to yeast.

Individuals with a yeast allergy will also cross react to mold so that also needs to be eliminated from the diet, so you need to consume all products within 3 days of opening them or keep them frozen until you are ready to consume it.

Mold can be found in cheese and fresh milk. It is best to consume either frozen or canned fruits and veggies. Anything that has mold that can be seen on it should NOT be eaten as the mold is throughout the product. So if you decide to consume a tomato and it has a small piece of mold on it, your child will react.

You will need to read food labels, because alot of products contain yeast that you would not thing did, ie. doritos.

Here is a website for the yeast free diet, but I do NOT agree with including any cheese in a yeast/mold free diet. Most cheese is made with mold and mold is a natural contaminate of it as well. So cheese should be eliminated entirely. I recommend soy or rice cheese to replace regular cheese. They are not made with mold. I keep it frozen to prevent contamination though. This website is concentrating on eliminating


Others have recommended some really great resources.

T. Cornelius, MS, RD, LDN, CLT

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