Is Tea Yeast Free or Should You Avoid it on a Candida Diet?
Tea is generally considered a harmless, if not actually nutritionally beneficial, beverage. However, if you are on a Candida diet to avoid yeast products, you might want to stop and ask “is tea yeast free”? Read ahead to find out if you can still enjoy a steaming cup of tea if you are actively avoiding yeast:
Can You Drink Tea on Candida Diet?
Yeast occurs naturally in our bodies and is also part of some of the foods we eat. While yeast is generally not harmful, it can negatively affect your health if you have a yeast allergy, an infection, or hormonal problems that make you prone to yeast infections. If you don’t suffer from any of these conditions, there’s no reason to actively avoid yeast.
Yeast is commonly present in baked goods we eat, mainly bread. Tea, of course, is not processed in this manner. The tea you buy in stores are dried and oxidized leaves from tea bushes. The tea processing method does not involve yeast in any of the stages. In simple terms, if you are on a no-yeast diet, tea is perfectly safe to consume.
There is, however, an exception. Some teas are fermented. These specially processed teas are said to improve the nutritional profile of the beverage. Doing so involves fermenting with yeast, so when you are on a Candida diet, you may want to avoid these fermented teas. The label of the tea brand would clearly state if the tea is fermented or not.
Generally speaking, regular teas like black, green, or breakfast is not known to contain yeast, unless the packaging specifically says so. As a precaution, it’s best to look at the allergy information on the label and check if the tea leaves are processed in an area with yeast.
On the plus side, rather than being harmful for people on Candida diets, tea might actually be beneficial. There’s at least one study to confirm that black tea might have yeast-fighting polyphenols that one day might prove to be therapeutic. Currently, tea is not recommended as an anti-fungal agent. But it’s not harmful either. So even if you have yeast problems, you can safely enjoy a cuppa every now and then.
A word of caution: While tea is safe, it does contain caffeine. Some Candida dieters prefer to avoid caffeine altogether. If you are in this group, make sure you consume only decaf tea or herbal teas with low caffeine content.
What Drinks Contain Yeast?
Tea in general does not contain yeast. However, other beverages you enjoy might. Here is a list of drinks to avoid if you are on a Candida diet:
- Alcohol or alcoholic beverages, as these are often made by fermenting with yeast
- Any type of sugary drinks, as sugar promote yeast growth
- Beverages containing artificial sweeteners
- Drinks with high amounts of caffeine, such as coffee with Espresso shots
What Foods Do Not Contain Yeast?
Yeast is often present in processed and sweetened foods. That means you have to lay off all risen bread, conventional baked goods, and similar products. Instead, opt for the following to go with your cup of decaf tea:
- Complex carbohydrates like red rice, quinoa, and oats
- Low-starch vegetables
- Low-sugar fruits like avocado and tomato
- Lean meats like fish or red meat
As always, double check your Candida diet with your doctor, especially if you are taking medicine for it. Also, don’t forget to drink only a cup or two of tea when you are on this diet. Too many and you might overdose on caffeine, defeating the purpose of the diet plan. Last but not least, don’t sweeten your tea too much.
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Consultant Nutritionist and Dietician
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. However, her love for tea began long before she understood the health benefits of tea. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Dheena had the privilege of being surrounded by the world-famous Ceylon tea. This is what got her started on her exploration of the various types of tea. She has now extensively tasted and examined teas from all over the world.