Our focus today is on pasta. A frequently posed question we receive is, “Is pasta suitable for the Candida diet?” Pasta, for many, is a staple food. However, its main ingredient, wheat flour, particularly durum wheat, is high in protein and contains a significant amount of gluten. A common misconception is that a plate full of pasta with sauce is a nutritious meal. In reality, there are healthier alternatives available.
Consider soba noodles made from buckwheat or shirataki noodles derived from a wild yam. Available at select health food shops, shirataki noodles are translucent and contain galactomannan, a prebiotic beneficial for the bowel. When assessing the suitability of pasta, especially for those experiencing bloating, gas, and yeast infections, it might not be the best choice. Opting for soba noodles or 100 percent buckwheat noodles can be a healthier route. Be vigilant, however, as some soba noodles are blends containing rice or flour.
While couscous might seem like a good alternative, remember it’s wheat-based. Those striving for a gluten-free diet should avoid such products. Instead, turn to 100 percent gluten-free options like buckwheat or shirataki noodles.
|Shirataki Noodles||Wild Yam||Yes|
|Regular Pasta||Durum Wheat||No|
If you do indulge in pasta, be mindful of the quantity. A balanced meal should comprise mostly sauce with a smaller portion of pasta. Complementing a pasta dish with a fresh salad can also help balance the meal. In essence, while some might tolerate pasta well, those with gut issues, including Candida, might fare better with alternatives like soba or shirataki noodles.
Disclaimer: While we provide these insights based on our understanding, it is essential to consult with your healthcare professional before making dietary changes.