The typical diet that helps control the growth of the fungus responsible for tinea versicolor is low in sugar and low in carbohydrates. It is a matter of being judicious about what types of food to avoid and what types to consume.
However, diet alone may not always control the disease, and you may often need to take antifungal antibiotics simultaneously.
Foods You Need to Avoid
Sugar provides an ideal medium for the growth of the fungus. Whether the sugar is organic or refined white, the fungus grows in both environments. As far as the fungus is concerned, sugar is sugar. Hence, intake of all forms of sugar needs to be curtailed.
Eliminate its consumption with such items as sweets, tea, coffee, cereals and oatmeal. To remove its consumption from other food items, read the food labels carefully. The forms of sugar to watch out for are beet sugar, date sugar, maple sugar, cane sugar, cane syrup, dextrose, lactose, maltose, fructose, maltodextrin, powdered sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey and alcohol.
Carbohydrates get converted into sugar in the body. However, carbohydrate is an essential item that the body needs. So you need to avoid eating only food items that are high in carbohydrates. Examples of such foods are carrots, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, beans, winter squash, white breads and white rice.
Peanuts tend to be mouldy, so they need to be avoided. Cashew nuts have high content of carbohydrate, so avoid them.
Almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts have less carbohydrate content, so you can consume them in limited quantities.
Fruits contain fructose, a natural sugar. Some fruits have higher content of fructose than others. Fruits with high content include bananas, oranges, raisins and dates. Fruits that have moderate content of fructose can be consumed in limited quantities, and they include apples, pears, apricots and melons. Fruits that have low content of fructose can be consumed freely, and they are strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and peaches.
Baker’s yeast is used in the preparation of baked foods. So, baked foods aid the growth of the fungus and need to be avoided. Substitute them with non-yeast bread.
Vinegar, which is formed from wine that is very old, has high concentration of yeast. So, avoid vinegar. Vinegar is usually an ingredient in ketchup, mayonnaise and salad dressing.
Barley malt is a by-product in the manufacture of beer, and aids the growth of yeast. So, avoid its consumption with certain types of bread and cereals.
Foods You can Eat
Whole Grains and Low-carb Vegetables
Whole grains and low-carb vegetables contain antioxidants that boost your immune system and help fight the infection. Vegetables that are helpful are cabbage, lettuce, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, broccoli and green peppers. Whole grain rice, oatmeal and pasta are good.
Lean Meat and Eggs
Lean meat and eggs are rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. Hence, they are good to consume.
Garlic is antifungal. Eat one or two raw cloves of garlic along with meals.
Yogurt is rich in probiotics. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help curtail the growth of other microorganisms in the body, including fungi. So, consuming yogurt can be beneficial. However, take it with caution because yogurt also contains lactose, a type of sugar.