Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2011

Allergy diet - yeast free

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a diet that excludes yeast and yeast products.


Avoids all foods containing yeast and yeast ingredients (baker’s and brewer’s yeast), all foods fermented with yeast (e.g. vinegar, cider, beer, sauerkraut and tempeh), and those with a high likelihood of contamination with yeast (e.g. mushrooms, aged cheese).


Diagnosed yeast allergy or intolerance.

Note: Although yeast-free diets have been recommended for treatment of autism or Candida infections, no clinical trials examining autism interventions have been published in peer-reviewed literature to date, and Candida overgrowth in the intestine has not been documented by endoscopy.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.




Suitable for use in paediatrics when combined with an age-appropriate diet.

Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishesAll others, including all plain cooked meats, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes and fresh tofuDishes with mushrooms, vinegar, breadcrumbs, beer or tempeh
Sauces, graviesAll others, including gravy

Soy sauce

Any sauces containing mushrooms or vinegar.

Starchy vegetables / pasta / riceAll-
VegetablesAll othersMushrooms, sauerkraut
SoupsAll othersAny soups containing mushrooms
SandwichesNone, unless made with yeast-free breadAll
Salads, dressingsAll others


Mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, dressings made with vinegar

Breads, cereals

Yeast-free breads (some flat breads and wraps – check label)

Rice and corn cakes

All breakfast cereals

Most breads and rolls are made with yeast

SpreadsButter, margarine, jam, honey, peanut butter Yeast spreads, e.g. Vegemite™, Promite®
Hot breakfast choicesAll othersMushrooms
DessertsAll others

Any desserts made with bread

Yeast-based cakes, e.g. doughnuts, coffee cakes

Milk and cheese

All milks

All other cheeses (including cheddar)

Aged cheeses, e.g. parmesan
MiscellaneousSalt, pepper, nuts and seedsMiso, tamari, natto


  1. Department of Health and Ageing. 2006. A review of the research to identify the most effective models of practice in early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders.
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