Nutritional Yeast - can it cause candida?
I love to sprinkle nutritional yeast on my foods for extra nutrition and flavor. However, I read somewhere that since it is a yeast it could possibly lead to candida? I checked out the Mayo Clinic's website and it didn't say anything about diet being a factor:
Oral thrush and other candida infections can occur when your immune system is weakened by disease or drugs such as prednisone, or when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in your body.
Normally, your immune system works to repel harmful invading organisms, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, while maintaining a balance between "good" and "bad" microbes that normally inhabit your body. But sometimes these protective mechanisms fail, which can allow an oral thrush infection to take hold.
These illnesses may make you more susceptible to oral thrush infection:
* HIV/AIDS. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) — the virus that causes AIDS — damages or destroys cells of your immune system, making you more susceptible to opportunistic infections that your body would normally resist. Repeated bouts of oral thrush may be the first sign of an HIV infection.
* Cancer. If you're dealing with cancer, your immune system is likely to be weakened both from the disease and from treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, increasing your risk of candida infections such as oral thrush.
* Diabetes mellitus. If you don't know you have diabetes or the disease isn't well controlled, your saliva may contain large amounts of sugar, which encourages the growth of candida.
* Vaginal yeast infections. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the same fungus that causes oral thrush. Although a yeast infection isn't dangerous, if you're pregnant you can pass the fungus to your baby during delivery. As a result, your newborn may develop oral thrush.
Has anyone noticed any issues with nutr. yeast? I haven't in all my years of veganism, but I was just curious if anyone else had?
I think I read long ago that nutritional yeast is not an active yeast and would not contribute to candida. Diet would play a role though.....especially sugar, because yeast thrives on sugar. Your immune system is stronger without sugar.
I eat NY almost every day and am pretty much yeast free. I used to get infections a lot before i discovered NY...and before becoming veg. Most doctors do not know what nutritional yeast is, so if they heard the word "yeast" they would likely tell you to stay away from it, not knowing what it is or if it would contribute.
Agree with Little2ant
I've had Candida issues and there is the bread yeast, which is active, and the nutritional yeast which is not.
If you buy nutritional yeast...look on the canister. I remember seeing "Candida free" or something like that, just a month ago when I was browsing that section.
And I've been eating a lot of it lately with zero reaction...and I need to stay on a mostly Candida diet. So I think it's OK...just make sure you get the right yeast.