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Do certain foods cause yeast infections?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. No single food will cause a yeast infection, but certain foods might contribute to the overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus, which causes yeast infections. Foods with yeast, mold or allergens can all spur on the fungus. The most likely culprits include sugars, artificial sweeteners, cheese, dried fruit, alcohol and mushrooms. Commercially produced meat, poultry and milk contain antibiotics, which also might encourage the development of a yeast infection. However, certain foods can help prevent a yeast infection: Garlic has inherent fungus-blockers, as do grapefruit seed extract, caprylic acid and undecenoic acid. Boosting your vitamin A, vitamin B6, zinc, magnesium and essential fatty acids will also help discourage Candida albicans from getting out of control.

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