One of the things that is eliminated entirely on The Kaufmann Diet is yeast. Yeast is a type of single-celled fungi that lives in colonies and requires moisture and warmth to thrive. Naturally, we all have yeasts in our digestive tracts from the time we are born, and often, it lives with in us harmlessly and symbiotically.
Under certain circumstances, however, yeast can become harmful, particularly if it is given an opportunity to flourish in the gut.
This can happen in a variety of ways, but one common way yeast can become problematic is when the good bacteria that also naturally exist in the gut can become damaged. These bacteria can be damaged by poor diet, drug and alcohol use, stress and environmental contaminants. One of the most prominent ways these colonies are damaged, however, is through the use of antibiotics.
Antibiotics kill bacteria, both good and bad. Sometimes, taking an antibiotic is necessary, and you should always follow your doctors advice if he or she prescribes antibiotics for you. But these drugs can damage the good, natural flora existing in the gut, and when this happens, yeasts have an opportunity to flourish. When they overgrow, it is thought that these yeast colonies can cause health problems that are often difficult to diagnose.
Most commonly, we think of it being used to make bread “rise”. It is used in breads, other baked goods, pretzels, and pizza dough. Many people assume that if they give up any foods containing grains, they are automatically ridding their diet of yeast. While this is a good start, it is an incomplete way of eliminating yeasts entirely.
Alcohol uses yeast in the fermentation process and should be avoided.
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated version of yeast that should be avoided. Many processed foods contain nutritional yeast or other yeast ingredients and should also be avoided.
All vinegars (except apple cider vinegar) and condiments (including soy sauce) should also be avoided. It can also be present in foods like melons, cheeses, peanuts and pistachios.
Fortunately, if you are following the Kaufmann Diet, not only are you avoiding foods that might be contaminated with or contain yeast, you are actively working to eliminate pathogenic yeasts in the body. However, it is good to be mindful about yeast in foods other than just breads, because yeasts’ presence in foods is more common than you might think.
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