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Can You Eat Rice on the Candida Diet?

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When it comes to rice and Candida cleanse, brown rice is a top choice. But don't be so quick to dismiss white rice, especially basmati, which packs more fiber than other polished grains. Still, portion control is key. Don't go overboard with large serving sizes. Trust me; your gut will thank you for it.

If you're not used to eating rice, start slow. Introducing grains gradually helps the bacteria in your gut ferment it correctly. Otherwise, your digestive system might be upset. So take it easy and ramp up slowly. Keep an eye on your bowel movements to ensure everything is working smoothly. Before you know it, brown rice will become a staple in your diet.

Rice is great, but don't forget to mix things up. Think outside the box and combine it with other grains. Quinoa is an excellent pairing for brown rice, but stay away from glutenous rice. And if you're a fan of sushi, be mindful of sugar content. Some sushi chefs add white sugar to sweeten up the cooked rice. If you want to avoid excess sugar, try making sushi at home. But keep in mind that people usually prefer sweet food, so when they say they like the taste of something, it's often the sugar talking.

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To summarize, rice is an excellent addition to your Candida cleanse, but it's essential to be mindful of portion sizes and sugar content. Don't forget to mix things up with other grains and keep an eye on your body's reactions. And if you're a sushi lover, be cautious of added sugars. With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to a successful Candida cleanse.

William H. McDaniel, MD

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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