Good or Bad?
Many naturopathic doctors recommend brewer’s yeast as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of constipation, eczema, high blood pressure, cholesterol, exhaustion, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies and even cancer. Brewer’s yeast is known for containing high levels of chromium, selenium, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, zinc and copper.
But what if you’re food sensitivity test requests you stay away from brewers yeast?
Now, please don’t mistake brewers yeast for nutritional yeast or bakers yeast. Brewers yeast is a single-celled fungus known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae (sometimes found in probiotics). Typically, brewer’s yeast is used to prepare beer and wine in addition to being the medium for growing B vitamins and seldom used for baking breads. As mentioned earlier, one should never mistake brewer’s yeast for baker’s yeast. Bakers yeast is specifically used to make (bake) breads help rolls rise.
If your food sensitivity test returns back positive for brewers yeast, the most common after effects of ingesting brewer’s yeast is gas, diarrhea and bloating. Oh and let me mention, it is important to add that Candida albicans (a living being that results from yeast contagions/infections) is also different than brewer’s yeast and brewer’s yeast does not solely cause any time of yeast infection.
In addition, if you are suffering from Chron’s or Ulcerative Colitis, it is highly recommend that you omit brewers yeast from your diet. Scientific studies have shown that antibodies against S. cerevisiae were found in 60-70% of patients with Chron’s, 10-15% of UC patients and in 8% of healthy control study subjects.
Foods and supplements you may need to avoid while you are experimenting with your 3-6months of NO BREWER’s YEAST:
– Wine and Beer (Write and Red. If you have a lactose allergy, be sure to stay away from white wine).
– Some probiotics and B-Vitamins
– Soy Sauce
– Vinegar (Except Braggs apple cider vinegar)
– Foods that contain vinegar (mustard, olives, pickles, ect)
Try 3-6 months brewer’s yeast free and see how you feel once you slowly add it back in! Oh and if you want a great website with a list of “yeast free foods“, click on the link!