Tomatoes and the Candida Diet

Tomatoes, once thought to be poisonous and grown only for decorative purposes, are today one of the world’s leading vegetable crops. Tomatoes have always been a part of my diet as I am a huge fan of marinara sauce and salsa. Fortunately, tomatoes are allowed on the candida diet I currently follow. The candida diet, also known as the yeast-free or anti-candida diet, is the cornerstone of treatment for a medical condition known as candidiasis. Thrush is an overgrowth of yeast in the body that causes a wide variety of seemingly unrelated health problems. Research suggests that a variety of foods and ingredients can exacerbate this condition. The candida diet seeks to eliminate or greatly reduce the intake of such foods.

Tomatoes appear to be fairly well tolerated by most candidiasis sufferers. I believe that using tomatoes allows you to create a variety of tasty meals that are extremely helpful on a diet that restricts so many foods. Tomatoes are delicious both raw and cooked, another reason why they are the main ingredient in so many dishes. Tomatoes are the main ingredient in many of my favorite Italian and Spanish dishes. The taste of a tomato depends on the maturity and the variety. Commercially available types of tomatoes include vine, steak, cherry, and plum. In addition to their great flavor, tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A and C, folic acid, and potassium. They are also a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against certain types of cancer, most notably prostate cancer. It is believed that cooking tomatoes can actually increase the level of lycopene.

So how do you fit tomatoes into the candida diet? Incorporating tomatoes into your candida diet plan is easy. You can use fresh tomatoes in your recipes freely. I use fresh tomatoes in salads, as a topping for yeast-free sandwiches, and to make yeast-free sauces and stir-fries. Occasionally a recipe will call for canned tomatoes or tomato paste and substituting fresh tomatoes will not work. When choosing canned tomatoes, be sure to choose varieties that don’t contain citric acid or other additives that can pose problems for people with thrush. Look for canned tomato products that contain only tomatoes. Although tomatoes are extremely tasty and have additional health benefits, they may not be right for everyone. Tomatoes are a common cause of allergies. Many thrush sufferers have developed food allergies and sensitivities over the years, and tomatoes may be one of them. All in all, I think tomatoes are a good choice for the candida diet.

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