Yeast Allergen List

Yeasts are a form of fungi. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the yeast most often used for baking and brewing beer.  Brewer’s yeast and Baker’s yeast are different strains of the species.  There are multiple different strains, some are proprietary to different brewers.   Saccharomyces ellipsoideus or S. Minor is a wild yeast that is found on fruits, especially grapes, and grains, and is used for making sourdough bread.   Note that these are completely different from Candida Albicans, the yeast that causes vaginal yeast infetions, and that is subject of the controversial book “The Yeast Connection.”  (Note: Don’t self-diagnose with Candida.  Read this article about the dangers of doing so.  Always consult with a reputable GI or allergist when dealing with food allergies/ sensitivities    You may have an underlying medical problem that needs treatment.)

Some people have a sensitivity to yeasts, either due to the histamine content of foods that yeasts grown in, or to the yeasts themselves.  It is fairly rare to have an Ig-E mediated allergy to yeast, though it is possible to be allergic to just about any protein, and there are documented cases in the medical literature of allergy to Saccharomyces cerevisiae.   From what I have read, people with yeast allergies often have environmental allergies to molds and fungus.  However, my daughter skin tests positive for a yeast allergy and negative for allergies to molds, once again proving that everyone is different and you just have to figure out what works and what doesn’t for you.

Let these lists act as a general guide for yeast and mold- containing foods.  There are so many different yeasts and molds, and they are all around us.  It is impossible to completely avoid them, the goal is just to reduce your exposure to them.  Try some of our yeast free recipes.

 Foods containing baker’s/ brewer’s/ wild yeasts

  • Anything fermented (vinegar, alcohol, bean paste, soy sauce, etc.)
  • Any baked good with baker’s yeast (pizza dough, bread, etc., including most sourdough breads)
  • B Vitamins, unless stated that they are not from yeast
  • Barley malt
  • Beer
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Buttermilk
  • Canned or bottled juices
  • Cheese (all kinds)
  • Cider
  • Citric Acid (this used to be made from citus juice, but is now made from fermented corn)
  • Dried fruits such as apricots, figs, or raisins
  • Flavor enhancer (usually MSG, though it may also be yeast extract)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Grapes
  • Jams/ Jellies
  • Lactic acid (generally made from fermented corn or potatoes)
  • Liquor
  • Malt
  • MSG (produced from fermentation of starch or sugar)
  • Mushrooms
  • Raisins
  • Aged meats (sausage, bacon, etc.)
  • Black tea
  • Grapes
  • Malted barley flour
  • Olives
  • Peanuts and peanut products
  • Preserved or pickled foods
  • Root beer
  • Soy sauce, miso, tamari
  • Strawberries
  • Tempeh
  • Vinegar (and foods containing vinegar, such as olives, mustard, ketchup, etc.)
  • Wine
  • Yeast extract  (autolyzed, hydrolyzed)
  • Yeast spreads such as Vegemite or Marmite, etc.

Low-Yeast Recipes

Avoiding yeast can be a difficult diet to learn to cook for. These recipes are low in natural yeasts, and free of yeast additives. There are many more on Top Eight Free!

163 thoughts on “Yeast Allergen List

  1. Raj Reddy says:

    Does yeast cause sinus infections.
    Everytime i eat pizzas or chinese with black bean sauce and have few beers. i get a serious sinus condition.

    • Kim says:

      Does anyone else out there have an inhaled allergy to yeast.? I have baker’s asthma, (owned a bakery 15 years), and tested allergic to Saccharomyces cerevisiae. I can eat it, however, although yeast extract and other flavor enhancers give me migraines. My question is, where are there large indoor/outdoor concentrations of this yeast, aside from bakeries, pizza parlors, and decaying leaf piles.??

      • There is documentation of inhaled allergy to yeast in the medical literature. Like you, many people who develop this have worked in bakeries. I”m not sure if the type of yeast would bother you or not, but breweries and wineries may also have airborne yeast.

      • Aly says:

        I have an inhaled allergy to bakers yeast. When I’m around rising bread I start sneezing and my asthma will start to act up. But I cannot eat it either. When I eat it I start to have skin and asthma symptoms too.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cut out gluten from your diet ( any wheat) it is known to cause sinus problems, and has a lot of the same symptoms as an allergy to yeast

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, if you a allergic to it. I’m allergic to soy, nuts, and baker’s yeast and if I eat food containing any of them, that is one of the symptoms. I also get join and muscle pain because it causes inflammation in my body. Sometimes I get headaches and dizziness if my histamine is too high.

  2. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t diagnose you.

    From my own experience, however, I have a friend with a mold allergy who has this type of response to mold in foods like cheese.

    I would suggest seeing an allergist to help you with this. (Or maybe just knocking off the beer and pizza for a while, and see if it impoves first.)

    Good luck!

    • Carolyn says:

      I am actually allergic to just about everything unfortunately but the thing that gets me most is that I am allergic to the yeast that my own body produces,so I am allergic to ME basically lol.But my question is this,I recently had a yeast roll and some strawberries and I am worried that the roll caused me to have another reaction,is it possible that the roll caused it or is it my bodily yeast most likely the culprit?Ty for any ideas :)

  3. Reading the list of foods containing the yeast allergen, I react to most of them. Sometimes I get a rash on my arms and wrists, I feel short of breath, I seem to get migraines.

  4. maria says:

    i read in many sites coffee is to be avoided when following a yeast free diet, can anyone tell me why? i love my two cups of coffee in the morning. i´ve replaced my usual coffee (mixed roasted with sugar i believe) for one natural (roasted without sugar) as i am cutting out all sugars from my diet for at least two months.

    • Coffee beans are fermented as part of the curing process, I believe. As is black tea.

      The real reason for the avoidance (and I don’t know anything about yeast free diets) may be that coffee is high in natural histamine, which may aggravate allergy symptoms or cause migrane headaches in some people.

    • The baker’s/brewer’s split is not very scientific of me. There are acutally many sub-species of yeast, all of which have different scientific names. Oue eperience has been that yeasts used in fermentation processes, such as winemaking or vinegar, caused a reaction in our child, but bread yeast did not. So that’s the dichotomy I am using on this site.

      Hope this helps.

  5. Anna says:

    I am allergic to yeast, particularly Brewers and Bakers yeast (says the allergist) and indeed ingesting both creates a series of odd symptoms including feeling dizzy, out of body, and profuse vomitting. I recently spoke with a breadmaker who suggested I try her sourdough, which she claimed she baked with a sourdough starter and it may not cause me to be ill. Amazingly, I ate a sourdough dinner roll for the first time in years and didn’t experience symptoms. Later ingestion caused a mild reaction, but as the article-writer stated, I also have fermentation and mold allergies/sensitivities. My goal is to find out which sourdoughs seem to have no impact on my system, and in which amounts, because that simple item potentially can open up an entire world of food to someone with severe yeast allergies.

    • Hi —
      I can’t remember the brand name, but there is a brand of bread out there that I have seen in some health food stores that may help. I believe it is made in Canada, and it is usually sold from the freezer section (at least that’s where I’ve seen it).

      Sourdough bread usually has a mix of bacteria and yeasts in it — creating a wild sourdough starter is basically a process of collecting spores from the air, and most bakeries have plenty of yeast floating around in them. But this one company’s bread is made from a starter that is all bacterial. It says on their label that they have it tested by an independent lab to confirm that there is no yeast in it.

      I hope this offers a grain of hope. (no pun intended)

    • Anonymous says:

      According to these companies web sites, their breads are yeast-free:
      French Meadow bread
      Food for life bread – Ezekiel 4:9

      I’ve read on another web site that Kashi cereals are yeast-free, but I couldn’t confirmation of this on that company’s web site. I have sent an email asking for clarification.

      If I find any other brands, I’ll post them. (I’ve just been diagnosed with an allergy to baker’s yeast and have started doing the research to locate alternate food sources.

      • Becky H. says:

        I’ve contacted the Kashi company and received a reply stating their cereals DO contain Vitamin B-fortified vitamins DERIVED from yeast. So watch ALL Vitamin B-fortified products as most contain yeast-based B vitamins. Good luck all.

  6. LaBrea bakery sourdough doesn’t affect me and I have brewer’s/baker’s yeast allergies. It’s also one of the more simply-made breads I’ve ever seen.

    Only a handful of ingredients, no yeast, just “sour culture”

  7. Jeff says:

    According to these companies web sites, their breads are yeast-free:
    French Meadow bread
    Food for life bread – Ezekiel 4:9

    I’ve read on another web site that Kashi cereals are yeast-free, but I couldn’t confirmation of this on that company’s web site. I have sent an email asking for clarification.

    If I find any other brands, I’ll post them. (I’ve just been diagnosed with an allergy to baker’s yeast and have started doing the research to locate alternate food sources.

  8. ruth says:

    I am researching food allergies that might apply to a dog. Should I assume that selenium yeast might be problematic? I looked up what it was, but it was a bit confusing….I’m not sure why it’s often included in dog foods, but now I’m wondering if it could be the cause of my dog’s allergies.

    (Sorry – double post, but I realized I didn’t provide my email address and I WOULD like to see any comments. I may forget to come back here to follow up…

    • Unfortunately I don’t know much about dogs, although as a child I had a dog who was allergic to fleas, so I do know that dogs can have allergies just like humans. A quick search through my local phone book found several alternative-medicine vets in my area. I think seeking out someone like that would be your best bet in tracking down your dog’s allergies. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  9. Susan says:

    Hello. I am in desperate need of any help you can provide. I have a 14 month old son that has had diarrhea for 6 weeks… has had ALL kinds of testing done and nothing was found. I decided to take him to an allergist and found out he is allergic to Baker’s Yeast.. but the doctor really only told me that he can’t have buns, biscuits, rolls, pastries, doughnuts, cakes/cake mixes and cookies. But that doesn’t tell me about regular sandwich bread, what about muffins? pancakes/waffles? vanilla wafers? graham crackers? club crackers? The doctor did say he CAN have saltines and pastas… but surely it can be as limiting as it seems… or is it?? Basically, how do I find out what has Baker’s Yeast by looking at the list of ingredients on the foods? They NEVER say “Baker’s Yeast”… so how do I know??? This is soooooo complicating :(
    HELP (if possible)!!

    • MaryLou Clark says:

      I have been diagnosed with a bakers yeast allergy as well. It’s been my experiece that autolyze yeast extract also causes reactions for me. The form is being used in place of MSG as a flavor enhancer. I now read every label in the grocery store before I buy. Most frozen meals and sauces and gravy sold in jars also contain it. I have to read labels on salad dressings and other packaged/processed food. If some for of yeast is an ingredient, I will not buy it.

      • Kristina says:

        Yes, I’ve been told that autolyzed yeast is really just MSG in disguise. Usually any baked item that needs to rise, such as breads, have yeast in them to help them rise. So, any bread is off-limits on a yeast-free diet. Good luck!

    • Nancy says:

      I know this is too late to help the poster, bur there is no reason to include biscuits and pancakes in the list of forbidden foods. They are made with baking powder. Saltines and club crackers list yeast in the ingredients. I have been treating a yeast and mold allergy for more than forty years and find that if it lists any kind of yeast I had better avoid it. I can never be desensitized because of the mold and yeast in the air I breathe. My best course is to avoid high mold locations such as hot tubs or pools. and to control what I eat.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would honestly suggest just baking on your own. These days there are so many yeast free recipes that rely on baking soda and/or baking powder which both create the rising effect found in breads, cakes, etc…I’m allergic to both yeast and gluten, but I don’t find it difficult to enjoy foods I used to simply because I have learned how to bake alternatives (and honestly taste is never an issue). Here’s an example : http://www.food.com/recipe/yeast-free-bread-67405

      Hope this helps :)

  10. N Garlow says:

    Just to add, there is bakers yeast in dried egg powder. Not certain if its in all dried egg powder, but the main ingredient is dried egg, bakers yeast and citric acid.

  11. Rachel says:

    Recently I took a blood test to identify food sensitivities and discovered I am highly reactive to brewer’s and baker’s yeast. Ezekiel bread does not affect me though.

    Does anyone know if Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar uses yeast to ferment?

    • Kristina says:

      I have been tested and am severly allergic to all types of yeast. I was told by my allergist that I could have Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar in moderation since it is not fermented with yeast. I use it with my dressings and when recipes call for vinegar. I haven’t had any reactions; but, I spent over three months eliminating yeast from my body after finding out about my allergies. I’ve tried introducing some of the above foods (berries, olives in water, peanuts) in moderation and have not had reactions, except with highly fermented foods.

    • LILY says:

      I am in a similar situation, Rachel. My blood test also tested positive for Baker’s and Brewer’s yeast allergies. My naturopathic doctor told me that I can ONLY have distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar. So you should be good to go on the Bragg’s.

      • Note that the tests such as IgG blood tests done by some naturopaths are controversial and have little research backing them up. IgG levels do not predict a traditional allergic reaction to a food. For that, you need a RAST test done by a traditional allergist.

      • Aly says:

        I was originally tested with the IgG allergy test by a naturopath. And I tested positive for soy, whey, and bakers yeast. I can personally attest that the test was 100% dead on. Once I eliminated these foods, skin conditions, fatigue, migraines, and other health issues were gone. Unfortunately I did not stick to eliminating these food forever and slowly introduced these foods in my diet in small moderation. However I started having asthma attacks recently and have now linked it to bakers yeast. I know the tests are controversial, but they personally worked for me. The controversy has been said to be what company does the test not the test in itself.

    • Anonymous says:

      I would have to say it does. I have a severe yeast allergy that triggers my asthma and all over puffyness that only occurs when I eat anything with yeast–even a touch. I drank apple cider vinegar for my stomach acid and balance my ph and found out it was yeast itself that triggered my heartburn and ibs.

      • Note that apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples with yeast and bacteria. To read more on the health uses of apple cider vinegar, what has and has not been shown to happen, see this article.

  12. MaryLou says:

    I have suffered from yeast allergies for the past 17 years. Due to the symptoms I experience – gas, stomach pains, diarrhea- I thought I had IBS(irritable bowel syndrom). After trying the Adkins Diet, my sypmtoms when away. At that point, I realized it was connected to bread. An Allergy Doctor confirmed it. I’ve found a really great tasting yeast free bread made by Sami’s Bakery in Florida. I purchase this Millet & Flax bread from a local health food store. It can also be purchased online directly from the bakery……www.samisbakery.com.

    • wirewoman says:

      I also have bought their Millet & Flax in the past. Had it not been for the expense & inconvenience (no store nearby), I would have continued to eat this bread long after I stopped my wheat-free testing I was doing. It was wonderful!

  13. Rick says:

    I am 56 years old and about 7 years ago developed a reaction to yeast. Mostly from bread and wine (the two most perfect foods). I break out in hives on my face and have had a few episodes of a swollen upper lip. But most recently, the last few years, I have had sever face hives from what appears to be an allergic reaction to anything with yeast extract. Everything has yeast extract in it. Frozen meals, soup, soup broth, you name it. I have not found anyone else that has this problem. Curious if anyone out there has the same symptoms.

    • My daughter is also allergic to yeast extract. I am wondering if you have had allergy testing for this allergy. It may be a “true” allergy, in which case, given the severity of your symptoms, you need an Epi-Pen. Or it may be that you are sensitive to the high levels of naturally-occuring histamine in the yeast extract (though the most common symptom for that type of sensitivity is migranes, not hives and swollen lips).

      I urge you to see an allergist if you haven’t already. Having your lip swell is one of the symptoms of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening.

      • Thanks fro the feedback. I have been to an allergist. A huge waste of time. Basically he didn’t believe that it was yeast, and didn’t even have any yeast to test me against. He tried all the standard stuff, but at the end said there wasn’t any magic pill for food allergies anyway, the best course of action is avoidance.

        I have found lately that the rash I am getting on my face is also being triggered by anything fermented. Soy sauce, balsamic vinegar is the two newest things to trigger an episode. The other symptom I get with each episode is achiness, irritability, and lack of energy. I have not had the swollen lip symptom in a about 5 years, just the face rash and aches and pains. Trying to avoid yeast extract is becoming a real chore though, as it is in so many things.

        By the way I do get an occasional migraine, but usually triggered by too much coffee, chocolate and stress.

    • Kristina says:

      I have similar symptoms that you have for yeast. I went to an allergist who did a food allergy blood test. I tested positive and severely allergic to yeast, wheat, eggs, cheese and onions. When I eat something that even has a touch of those foods, I start itching, breaking out in hives, my throat closes up, I have difficultly swallowing and breathing, and have shallow breathing. I also experience swelling of my body, especially in the face and extremities. If it’s really bad, I start experiencing tingling and numbness in my extremities. I’ve been prescribed an Epi-Pen but usually take an antihistimine and see if it goes away. These reactions are usually when I have a meat that has a seasoning with one of these foods in it. I can’t imagine what would happen if I actually ingested one of these items fully, such as a piece of onion or a piece of bread. You definitely need to go to an allergist who will test you, as you seem to have a severe allergy to yeast. It is one of the worst items to be allergic to so be careful. Let me know if I can help you…I spent three months after finding out to rid my body of the yeast, avoiding all of the above foods and any products that contain yeast. Good luck and let me know how you are doing!

      • Rick says:

        Thanks for your concern Kristina. Its been a few years since I last visited this site and it is interesting to see all of the feedback. I have been struggling on and off with this yeast allergy since my post in 2010. Seems like my body accumulates yeast and then a severe reaction occurs. I am going through one of those episodes at this time. During the holidays I let my guard done and consumed too much yeast. The last 2 to 3 weeks have been terrible. The current manifestation is my eyes. I get severe swelling, redness, itching and then an eczema type scaling. It appears to have been triggered again by unexpected yeast extract in food contents. Tonight was a perfect example. Uncle Ben’s rice pouches have been free of yeast extract. We had a different flavored rice tonight (butter garlic) and sure enough, right after dinner, I could feel it hit me. This is after suffering over the last few weeks with a terrible outbreak. Its a real battle.

        After reading some of these post, I am somewhat concerned about my house and mold. It is an antique colonial (circa 1780), with a stone foundation. I am sure there is some mold in this house and wondering if that is contributing to this issue.

        Thanks to all of you that have contributed to this site. I’m not happy that so many have the same problem, but I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone.

      • Rick –
        That sounds miserable. So sorry you had this experience. It is frustrating when you use a product and feel it is safe and then the company changes the ingredients. Very frustrating.

        It is possible to have your house tested for mold and have mold remediation done. (its not a good idea to DIY if you have mold allergies – I had to have someone else do it.) It may or may not help the symptoms you are describing though, which sound like classic Ig-E mediated food allergy symptoms. I hope that you have an epi-pen just in case your reactions become more severe.

      • Barbara says:

        I am suffering so terribly with a yeast allergy, but I know less (so far) about what I am eating/ingesting that is causing it. Since I also have other allergies (to gold, nickel, chromium, cobalt and iodopropynl benzemate), I am up S—- creek without a paddle. My face currently makes me look like a burn victim. I am beet red on my face and neck and chest. This allergy is undoing me. I have tried to cut out the obvious sources (bread, sugars, beer, milk) and yet I’m just as bad as ever. Any help gratefully appreciated!

    • Lori says:

      Many Drs, even allergist will not do a blood test to check for food allergies, because it is not usually covered under insurance. It is a $400-$500 test and may still give false positives. I have yeast allergies too, to both yeasts, but the symptoms are the normal ‘can’t keep my eyes open’ thing.
      I’d say don’t eat anything without a label and watch any dried items (like coffee or black tea). I’ve had to cut out almost all sugar to, since it feeds yeast.

    • charlie v says:

      Exactly the same. 56 also and this has been going on with me for about 7 years also. I did not want to believe it and for years doctors have been treating me for seasonal allergies. Never taking anything I told them serious. Last night I had Rice a Roni and chicken and 4:00 am I was up with swollen eyes, severe sneezing, 6 trips to the bathroom etc. I ran to the garbage and looked at the ingredients-sure enough: brewers yeast and yeast. I go thru this almost every morning and always feel better after about 6 trips to the bathroom. It seems there is nothing at all we can eat. I got layed off a year ago and being on unemployment, I have been buying cheaper food and it’s almost impossible to find food without yeast. I can’t afford to go to allergist since I have no insurance. All I can do is live like you do….eliminating everything from my diet. Is this depressing you as well? You know if you eat it, your gonna suffer terribly.

      • Charlie- I am so sorry to hear about your symptoms and being laid off. I hope you can find a way to be tested for celiac disease and allergies. I would suggest you try buying dried beans and rice and cooking them yourself – cheap and no additives! Hope it helps!

    • Anonymous says:

      rick ,
      my six year old breaks out in hives, around mouth and butt cheeks we think from canditas. have you heard of this condition? the rashes are severe.

      • Hives are an allergic response. Candidia is a microorganism always present in the body, and perfectly normal. Sometimes the body’s ecosystem gets off balance (from taking antibiotics for example) and you get what is commonly called a “yeast infection.”
        This is NOT an allergy. If your son is getting hives you need allergy testing to determine the cause so you can avoid his allergen(s). Please see an allergist or talk to your pediatrician!

    • paulo says:

      Rick,
      I have very similar symptoms with the face swelling. I also went to see an allergist and he was a waste of time. I’m going to see another allergist next month now that I have more information. It’s difficult to pin point what exactly causes these swelling episodes. But pizza+wine or beer, will do it. Scary to think that the swelling is life threatening. Good luck to all.

      • charliev says:

        That is terrible to waste your time on such a doctor. For many years when I was in my 30’s (i am 56 now) I went to an allergist and got shots…2 allergist never ever tested me for food allergies. True waste of my prime years. I did notice that after obtaining a list of pain clinics (fibro, herniated disc) I saw one on the list that specializes in yeast problems as the yeast can cause chronic pain and other conditions.
        Why is the medical community so ignorant of this problem with yeast allergies? when I mention to primary – they look at me like I am out of my mind. Now I fear my granddaughter who is only 1 has the same problem as she has the diaper rash from hell that is fungal in nature and keeps coming back even after 2 visits to dr. and much treatment. But they have not even mentioned it might be an allergic reaction.

      • Rick says:

        Paulo,
        Personally I think allergist are a waste of time and money, especially when it comes to food allergies. Its purely what each individual can tolerate or in most of our cases, can’t tolerate. Its identifying what triggers the reaction. The one piece of wisdom an allergist shared with me is that there is no magic pill when it comes to food allergies. Yeast is everywhere. I have found that eating comes down to the basics: make your own, use basic ingredients (no pre-processed food) and double check all ingredients. Today I was buying frozen vegetables with a cheese sauce and to my surprise yeast extract was present. I hope you have controlled the allergic reactions, but I am sure like myself, it is a constant battle, and an evolving one at that.

      • Allergists are not a waste of time and money for those with Ig-E-mediated, “traditional” food allergies. If you have a reaction that includes any of the symptoms of anaphylaxis, you need a prescription for an epi-pen.

    • victoria keavey says:

      I am 51 years old, and about a year and a half ago started experiencing severe redness and swelling around my eyes. My Medical Doctor of over 25 years was convinced it was a topical allergy so I threw out all creams, eliminated everything with a scent, and threw away all makeup. I also stopped using makeup. It got better, and the redness and swelling went away. This all began in early November, and the problem settled down in the springtime. Over the Holidays I started having the redness and swelling again around my eyes. A Homeopathic allergist conducted a IgG Standard Food Panel blood test, which showed acute sensitivity to Banana, Cranberry, and Pineapple, with mild sensitivity to Baker’s Yeast. (brewer’s yeast showed no sensitivity). While it’s comforting to know others are dealing with appearance altering allergies. I would like to get at the root of the sensitivity, and am questioning the quality and actual content of the food that is produced- as in what exactly does “genetically modified” do to our bodies? Yeah, big questions, but it’s really got me thinking………I am also trying to understand the relationship between the sugars in fruit and the correlation to yeast.

      • Hello Victoria, I know this reply is over a year later (ha!) but I found your reply thru a google search. i too have tested high IgG for Banana, Cranberry, pineapple and mild to baker’s yeast. i also tested mild for mushroom. thought it was funny we had pretty much same outcome and wondering if you found anything more about the connections or if you retested and saw changes. best of luck!

  14. Suzy says:

    I have an allergy to Baker’s and Brewer’s yeast as well but it presents as digestive issues rather than hives or vomiting (massive bloating). Within hours I’m miserable and it stays that way for days. I also get mouth sores (cankersores) that I’ve yet to be able to get rid of. I’ve been yeast free for about 2 months after massive elimination diets. I tried gluten free (my sister is a Celiac), dairy free, etc. Finally hit upon yeast and home run!

    I’ve found that French Meadows is absolutely amazing. I love it and it doesn’t cause issues. I’m sure I have sinus issues with coffee but I’m not ready to cut that out yet. I can drink wine with no digestive issues, but beer, no way-it’s bad news. I can eat cheese, though I don’t hardly eat much of it, but grapes are out of the question. I feel icky after eating those. Still finding new foods that don’t work…

    But again, love the French Meadows. I find it here in CA in Whole Foods markets. If they don’t have it in stock, they will order it for me. Haven’t seen it elsewhere yet…

  15. Lisa says:

    Hi Suzy and Rick and MaryLou,
    I also can’t tolerate balsamic vinegar, fermented soy (ate health food cheesecake made with tofu cream cheese before I knew it was a yeast problem), grapes, beer and … I don’t really know what else because I’ve been on such a strict elimination diet for a long time. When I added balsamic vinegar to the plainest of meals, that was a big clue. My symptoms are red hives on my face and milder hives on my upper back, terrible bloating and my digestive system just sort of shuts down for up to a week. Also, I have 1-2 days of total lethargy and can barely get out of bed. So what can we eat?? Would you please share your “allowed” foods with me? I kind of overdid it last week and had a reaction to something, either “fresh squeezed” local bottled orange juice or a cup of black tea. I will guess it was the OJ; do any of you drink tea? Any diet advice would be so appreciated.

    • Rick says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Sorry I didn’t see this post earlier. I am wondering how you have made out over the last year plus some. Sounds like many of the symptoms I experience from time to time. The reaction you mention about being lethargic is one I experience. My whole body feels like it is under attack from the inside out. Joint pain as well.

      Hope you are doing well.

  16. i have just had allergy testing done and I am allergic to brewers yeast (and mold!!!) but i am having a lot of trouble working out which foods specifically contain only brewers yeast so i know what to avoid. Or if something has 1 type of yeast, does it usally have brewers yeast too???

    • victoria keavey says:

      Hi nic- I am learning about the difference between brewer’s and bakers yeast, but rightnow I’m going with anything fermented has brewer’s yeast (beer, soy sauce, vinegar) and anything that rises has baker’s years (breads)

  17. Shea says:

    I am having alot of problems with extreme itching and hives on my face. My face and body are severely swollen I am miserable beyond belief.e I have gone through a several allergy test. I have had three different result. One said that I was allergic to yeast, soy, milk, white rice and trees plants and shrubs. The next allergist said the only allergy that I had was to grass and I was free to eat what ever. I went to yet another and they told me that I was allergic to white potatoes and that was it. All of these test have been in the last year. I am desperate to find someone who can help me. I cannot eat much of anything without itching I only have whole grains. I have not had a piece of bread in years. I have recently eat fruit because I was under the impression that I could.. I cannot eat beans, oatmeal, barley. Never have tea, I have been drinking coffee lately because I am so tired and I can barely put one foot in front of the other. My meals consist of chicken, carrots, hamburger and just a handful of other vegetables. I am always hungry. What should I do?

  18. MandyJo says:

    I recently found out I am allergic to brewer’s & baker’s yeast. I’ve already had to avoid gluten but that did not make a difference in my symptoms. If anyone has any tips on which friuts & veggies are safe, seasonings, any flavorings.. I would really appreciate it… I’ve already lost 36 lbs due to not knowing what is ok to eat. Definitely could use some feedback.

    • victoria keavey says:

      Hi MandyJo- it may help you to know that sugar content in fruits are different, so the affect to your body will be different when you consume products with yeast. I’m avoiding banana, cranberry, and pineapple because the large amounts of sugar in them is food (and therefore possibility) for a reaction to yeast. The reaction can manifest itself into symptoms.

  19. Jessica says:

    I have an allergy to yeast extract. I have anaphylactic-type symptoms when I eat it. Same reactions to wine. I previously had an allergy to MSG and nitrates/nitrites that triggered migraines. I seen an acupuncturist to remove these allergies. Check out the NAET procedure. It is a one-time trip per allergy and then the allergy is gone. Myself and many I know have had success with this. Soon I will get the yeast extract allergy treated. Best of luck to all you allergy sufferers! :)

    • victoria keavey says:

      Jessica, I am very interested in acupuncture. How did you arrive at the decision to see an acupuncturist, and what research did you do? Also, is it costly?

  20. matt says:

    rick ,
    my six year old breaks out in hives, around mouth and butt cheeks we think from canditas. have you heard of this condition? the rashes are severe.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I see peanuts on the list. Are other nuts ok? I have been desperately trying to gain weight for the last six months after developing irritable bowel syndrome and when I was diagnosed with a severe yeast allergy this week I hope it might be the answer to why my body went crazy. I still want to keep as much good fat in my diet as possible so I have been putting unsweetened almond butter in my oatmeal. Is that safe?

  22. jane says:

    ive been told not to have brewers yeast but not told what its in eg foods etc,i know its in beer and other alcohol drinks but thats all.if anyone can help please do.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Could you offer any recipes using bread machine to make gluten free and yeast free bread? My husband is on a gluten free diet and I;m having trouble finding a bread recipe that is gluten and yeast free. It’s odd that my husband’s nutritionist suggested eating foods with some form of yeast in it (which is a long list)…. It’s hard to avoid them…

    Thank you…..

    • Your best bet is going to be looking for gluten-free cracker or muffin recipes. They are generally not bread machine recipes, since they are quick breads.
      There is one bakery that makes a certified yeast-free sourdough bread fermented with bacteria, but it has gluten. It would be hard to do at home because there are wild yeast spores in the air that get into your sourdough starter.

  24. tee says:

    I was tested and was told I’m alergic to Bakers and Brewers yeast. Can I still eat thing that have wild yeast? Even though I’m positive to Yeast but I don’t have any server reaction to date it only if I eat excessive amount of pizza dough…

  25. jim says:

    I get horrible heartburn from bread less than 24 hours old. Wine exagerates the burn. Nothing else seems to cause this. I havent heard anyone else say this. I drink lots of beer and never get heart burn. of course the yeast isnt new. I have decided only fresh yeast is my problem. sound familiar to anyone?

  26. kim says:

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with “baker’s asthma”, and had to leave my workplace. Tested positive for baker’s yeast allergy. Allergist said there wasn’t a lot written on the subject due to it’s rarity.
    Is there any reading that you can recommend on the subject of baker’s yeast allergy.? My case also includes asthma, so it’s difficult to tease out what symptoms are from breathing vs. eating baker’s yeast.

  27. katy says:

    I have only just found that i have a yeast allergy. Before that through eliminating wheat that migraines, small itchee skin rashes, profuse scalp itch,sinus stuffy feeling, have gone away or are much less. The main thing that made me cut out wheat was my scalp itching so mutch that i would have to wash my hair several times a day, cut out wheat and severe itch was gone. So yeast was discovered when i had a wheat free dinner and then ate some pepper salt pistassios really good…but i got a instant headache and rash on my leg where i usually get it. I looked at all the ingredients of my meal and there was yeast extract in the nuts. It makes sense that wheat allergy and yeast allergy. Come to find out my moms cousin suffered from celiac disease..i dont have that but i am indeed sensitive to these two things..no doubt i dont need an allergist to tell me that but it would be interesting to go to one.

  28. michelle says:

    I am allergic to yeast, dairy, peas, & garlic. These are very hard to avoid.
    I appreciate all of the ideas everyone is writing in about. Very bad itching
    lethargy, & swelling from these. This is a new diagnosis for me.

  29. johnsie says:

    I just ound out that I am HIGHLY allergic to mold as well, (thought it was wheat and it is not) and I just had a drink with friends a few days ago and have had a baadd issues with my sinuses, headache, and stomach upset as well as a few bumps on my face…all week! I’m curious, are there ANY adult beverages that may not be harmful to me or am I just a complete non-drinker now?.. a friend told me to check into “distilled” alcohols because of their cooking process possibly killing off the mold bacteria…???

  30. Kelly says:

    I was just diagnosed with an allergy to baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, soy, wheat, gluten and dairy. It’s going to be a tough road ahead but I’m looking forward to finally feeling healthy after almost 5 years of constantly being sick. So grateful for websites and communities like these that provide awesome resources!
    Thanks!

    • Kelly that can be done, hon. We did no wheat, dairy, soy, nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish and eggs for three years. Learn to love all forms of coconut: coconut milk, cream, oil. Garlic kills the coconut flavor if you need to.

  31. I had eliminated all grain products, starchy veggies and ate only low-glycemic fruits…trying to balance blood sugar and control candida. My latest blood allergy report came back with brewer’s and baker’s yeasts way off the charts high. Thanks to your website, I checked my supplements. Guess what? Its in those B Vitamins, multi-vitamins and digestive enzymes that I take multiple times EVERY DAY!!!

  32. Lillian says:

    I just found out I’M alleric to yeast I finding very hard to find some other things to eat because everything i look at has something in it that is not on the list that i was given to me by my doctor. i ‘m getting tried of the same old things to eat i really miss my yogurt and cheeses and peanutbutter

    • drlex1 says:

      Mind that once you have had an ‘attack’, your digestive tract may need several days to recover and anything you eat during that time period will likely cause irritation even if it is perfectly safe. At least this is the case for me. The only way to reliably test a certain food is to only eat safe foods and take no antihistamines for at least three days, and avoid any other contact with yeast. You must feel good at the time you eat the suspect food. If it has allergens, you will notice irritation in your throat within fifteen to thirty minutes and you will probably feel bad the day after.

  33. Ali says:

    I have a yeast allergy which presents in various ways depending on the type of yeast and method of contact. For example if I walk near a bakery in the supermarket my lungs will react like asthma and produce fluid thus causing coughing. My throat also swells (and neck and face) and this can affect my voice significantly but as yet not my breathing. If I ingest a small amount (e.g. gravy made with Oxo cubes) I will get bad stomach pains a few hours later). I can get away with a small amount of vinegar eg on chips. Bread triggers migraines that cause me to lose chunks of time! There is something called a Herman cake (aka a friendship cake) so beware of this as I react even if its sitting on the side in someones kitchen covered over. When its stirred it must release something from the live yeast culture! If I stir it I react immediately with throat swelling and coughing and if I am just in the room then it may take a few hours before the swelling starts. I take antihistamine as soon as it happens and it takes about an hour to recover. I reacted the other day to a teaspoon of plum jam! I also have an issue with oats but I dont think there is a connection? I have also found a live greek yoghurt that triggers migraines and some live yoghurt can contain yeast! One glass of alcohol means fatigue and being unable to wake up properly or think clearly does anyone else get this? Like a severe hangover. Mine is linked to migraines so some of the symptoms may overlap. I’m still learning as its only recently, after years of ill health that I became aware that it was a yeast allergy. All help and advice appreciated!!!

    • Kim says:

      Ali,
      Have you been to an allergist.? Sounds like you have, among other things, Baker’s Asthma, an INHALED allergy to yeast, flour, or another bread ingredient. It is different than ingested yeast allergy and requires different medication. I also get the same alcohol reaction as you, and have limited diet due to migraines. My email is blazing bagels@gmail if you want to compare information. Good Luck.

    • Marissa says:

      Ali, I defenitely understand you. I have baker’s yeast, nuts, soy, oatmeal and histamine allergy and even without an alcoholic drink, I get severe hangover reaction. I hate it!
      If I really want to have a drink, I have a glutten free vodka, smirrnoff or tito’s with organic apple juice. I don’t react bad with this.

      • Kim says:

        Telnix, It’s been over a year since your post, but wanted to let you know there can be an inhaled (as opposed to ingested) allergy to yeast used in bread making (whether it’s natural spores or man-made). This inhaled allergy often starts out as nasal issues (sinus infections or sneezing, etc.), skin rashes (I never got those) and eventually can build up to asthma. You should see an allergist – you will test positive if it’s an inhaled allergy. Most people with inhaled baker’s yeast asthma can eat foods with yeast.

  34. Telnix says:

    I have been making my own bread for years. When I was growing up I spent long hours in a traditional bakery. Yesterday I started making my own sourdough bread form a wild yeast culture. Every time I sniff the culture – it is lovely – I get terrible symptoms – runny nose and streaming tears for a couple or so hours. This is odd. I eat loads of other yeast products and have never had any adverse reactions before

  35. drlex1 says:

    I recently figured out I am allergic to yeast and avoiding foods with yeast has pretty much changed my life. I highly suspect I am also allergic to a mold or fungus in the cellar because staying longer there than one minute is pretty much a guarantee for a reaction. I suspect the mold and yeast must share the actual protein that I react to. Antihistamines work, but they only suppress the most obvious (typical ‘fever-like’) symptoms. A bad exposure typically lasts for two full days.

    I think the list in this article is a bit on the safe side and is most useful as “be careful” advice. The allergic reaction is inconvenient to say the least, but being unable to eat many foods is also inconvenient. Therefore it is useful for everyone to scan their personal limits. For instance, among the things I can safely consume are distilled liquors (when consumed in moderation — always a good idea anyhow), coffee, tea, olives, several kinds of cheese, buttermilk, mushrooms (the regular white ones) and so on. I am lactose intolerant as well, so cheese and buttermilk do cause problems above a certain amount, but nothing like the reaction to yeast.
    If you suspect you react to something, it pays off to test it again at least once under controlled circumstances. Perhaps you reacted to something else and you are avoiding one of your favorite foods for no good reason.

    Last few days I had another ‘attack’ without really knowing why, but the timing fits perfectly with eating a bunch of raisins last Sunday. So I can confirm that raisins are a definite no-go. The mere fact that the internet is full of descriptions on how to cultivate yeast by simply throwing raisins into water speaks for itself, next time I’ll do some research _before_ eating anything remotely suspect…

  36. drlex1 says:

    I recently figured out I am allergic to yeast and avoiding foods with yeast has pretty much changed my life. I highly suspect I am also allergic to a mold or fungus in the cellar because staying longer there than one minute is pretty much a guarantee for a reaction. I suspect the mold and yeast to share the actual protein(s) that I’m allergic to. Antihistamines work, but they only suppress the most obvious symptoms. A bad exposure typically lasts for two full days. The most concise way to describe what happens during a reaction is that it is like having a fever, only then without the actual fever.

    I think the list of foods in this article is a bit on the safe side and is most useful as “be careful” advice. The allergic reaction is inconvenient to say the least, but being unable to eat many foods is also inconvenient. Therefore everyone should figure out their own personal limits. For instance, among the things I can safely consume are distilled liquors (when consumed in moderation — always a good idea anyhow), coffee, tea, olives, several kinds of cheese, buttermilk, mushrooms (the regular white ones), and so on.

    If you suspect you reacted to something, it pays off to test it again at least once under controlled circumstances. Perhaps you reacted to something else and you are avoiding one of your favorite foods for no good reason. Also, within several days after the acute symptoms of a reaction have disappeared, you will still feel uncomfortable after eating anything because your digestive tract is still recovering. Either wait until you have fully recovered or watch for symptoms beyond the few hours after eating.

    Last few days I had another ‘attack’ without really knowing why, but the timing fits perfectly with eating a bunch of raisins last Sunday. So I can confirm that raisins are a definite no-go. The mere fact that the internet is full of descriptions on how to cultivate yeast by simply throwing raisins into water speaks for itself, next time I’ll do some research _before_ eating anything remotely suspect…

  37. I now have a major yeast allergy to both baker’s and brewer’s yeast. I only acquired it after being exposed to high levels of mold in our house. I just had a c-section and was in their for 8 weeks. Even my children got really sick so I knew it was something environmental. Test your home and workplaces for mold and reduce as much as possible to exposure. Molds change to fungal and yeast forms. Too much exposure makes you succeptible to the yeast allergy because your body is too bombarded. Cleaned up the home and everyone is slowly getting better. Also had a systemic yeast infection from the ordeal. It is almost always an environmental issue…… who thought to put humans in boxes (house/work places) that get no fresh air or windows for sunlight to kill microbes???? Saving energy is killing people!!!

  38. Lex says:

    ok Im having another bout of thrush and all I have overeaten is eggs and maybe dairy. I now want to give the candida diet a go. I heard toast is ok as the yeast has been burned off, is this correct?

    • Thrush = an infection of candida. Yeast in bread = Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a different species, and not one that infects humans. If you have thrush, you need to treat it with antifungals (either traditional or alternative medicine ones are available.) Limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates will lower your blood sugar and can help to control the infection as well. Eating yogurt or taking probiotics will also help.

  39. BrittneyB says:

    Do any of you get migraines/headaches from yeast or yeast extract? I have had a headache all the time for two years. Since I normally don’t feel well I eat “comfort food” which in my case is breads and lots of sugar/carbs. I went on “the migraine diet” and never felt better – I could have as much yeast (as long as it was more than a day old) and sugar as I wanted. So doing some research (I’m desperate!) I thought that it could be yeast?

      • Ali says:

        That’s interesting to know as I have the same problem and the migraines can be severe. I try to avoid all yeast extract as it is a bad reaction. I have also found that some breakfast cereals are a problem even though there is no disclosed yeast on the ingredient lists and suspect that yeast is getting into the process. Has anyone else had this cereal issue?

  40. kim says:

    This is almost every food you can think off Smh… that’s crazy how can u keep your yeast balance without starving your body? Lets face the fact your body needs protein and simply sugars. Should I be a vegan this is ridiculous. I also hear chlorine in the water can cause you to developed yeast as well. If all of this is true I can only imagine what pharmaceuticals drugs are doing to our body. I’m glad you wrote this article it let us know we are what we at clique but true.

    • This list is for people who have allergies to yeast or who have chronic urticaria. The alt-med diagnosis of “having yeast” is questioned by many even in the alt-med world, and you should not overly restrict your diet based on a belief that you have yeast in your bloodstream. Of course avoiding simple carbs like refined sugar is good health advice for everyone.

    • (Note: Don’t self-diagnose with Candida. Read this article about the dangers of doing so. Always consult with a reputable GI or allergist when dealing with food allergies/ sensitivities You may have an underlying medical problem that needs treatment.)

  41. Sona Pyle, LPN, AS, CEO says:

    I have been allergic to Penicillin since 14yrs of age. Cig smoke has always made me loose my voice in high school then triggered constrictive Asthma when in college. Been to the allergist three times…tested negative for molds. No yeast test done (think Dr Higgins was a c student in med school). Out of the BLUE 12 days ago, I have 5 Anaphylactic reactions back to back. First 3 were to breads and cream cheese. The next two were from vinegar and cig smoke on a customers clothes. Owning an EpiPen and wearing a mask in public was kind of a whirlwind, out of body experience for this business owner/nurse. Then had more reactions….while on 150mg of Benedryl AND 40mg of Prednisone. The last one lasting 5 hours of swelling of face, throat, hives, tight chest, and short of breath. The only thing that has all of these last ones in common was the room I was in…on carpet that is God knows how old. Contractor here this morning first thing, and pro cleaners right behind. Happy to report I can now take a deep breath for the first time in days.

    Here is what I found out…yeast is used to ferment things. Yup, we all know that now. But its in some soured milk products (like cream cheese and sour cream), its used to ferment tobacco in cig smoke, its in vinegar, penicillin, and the thing that had me stumped was the carpet…it was so dry it was crunchy…no obvious mold. Ive tested negative for mold 3 times. But GUESS WHAT…yeast is used to FERMENT THE GLUE IN CARPET!!! This last time after I had it professionally cleaned, the fibers started coming out. Its old…oh well…but am wondering now if the cleaning didn’t break down the glue as to why the fibers were coming out and now I have an allergy after living here for eleven years? Who knows…but point being, MOLD IN CARPET is not alone!!

    I am hoping this helps some of you out there to know you are NOT crazy! And any allergist docs that are reading this, I hope you start doing a better job of tracking this for people. I am 37yrs old and have had to start leaving my door unlocked at night so someone could come in and find me if they needed to for the past week plus!! I sure would like to know why all the docs in town consider anapylaxis an emergency except Dr. Higgins office! As an established patient, getting someone in after having 5 attacks doesn’t seem to much to ask! I have called the office 3x myself begging for service. Maybe med school was a bad idea for you….

    • According to Wikipedia there are multiple types of yeast used in brewing, some are different strains of the same species, others are different species. However:

      “The most common top cropping brewer’s yeast, S. cerevisiae, is the same species as the common baking yeast.” and “Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, usually S. cerevisiae.”

      So I think your answer is no, unfortunately.

      • Kim says:

        I’ve learned (from micro-biologist) a highly concentrated area of S. cerevisiae in the environment is Bio-Fuel distilleries. They use S. cerevisiae to ferment the vegetation that makes ethanol. “Distillers grain” is made from the remaining mash and is loaded with S.cerevisiae. Distiller’s grain is used mostly to feed livestock, occasionally in cheap pet food. If you have an inhaled allergy to yeast, being near a Bio-Fuel plant or feed for livestock can be a trigger. Spores are not found in gasoline or exhaust containing ethanol.

    • I am not able to answer your question because I am not your doctor. Ask your doctor for a list of what you should be avoiding. Wheat itself does not have yeast in it, but your doctor may advise you to avoid it for fear of cross contamination.

  42. josh says:

    I recently been diagnosed to be allergic to yeast. and i guess its just been giving me eczema,sinus congestion , should i be scared now of all these other symptoms if i have been eating breads and other things containing yeasts my entire life. can i still eat yeasts stuff?

    • I can’t answer your question about what you can and can not eat. I would talk to your allergist to get a list of what you should avoid given what you tested for. Then avoid all the things on the list for two weeks to see if you feel better before trying any of them again. If you re-introduce any foods, do so one at a time so you can tell what caused a reaction.

      • Karen says:

        I am SO thankful for this web site. I am allergic to yeast. Afraid to eat sometimes. Thank God for allergy doctors. That’s how I found out I am allergic to yeast. Also allergic to molds and many other things. Thanks I am not alone.

    • Kim says:

      I am also allergic to yeast. It is a rare allergy. My allergist told me it was ok for me to eat it, for me it is an inhaled only allergy. It started with sinus infections, then skin rashes, then it advanced to Asthma because I didn’t realize it was an allergy until Asthma began. My workplace (bakery) was loaded with yeast so I immediately left. The symptoms you describe are often a precursor to “Baker’s Asthma”. You should google it and see if anything rings true for you. If it is “baker’s asthma”, the good news is you should be able to eat yeast, you just can’t breath in airborne yeast (it stops being airborne after bread is cooked). You would need to avoid places with high concentrations of airborne yeast, bakeries, pizza parlors, distilleries, etc.

  43. corinne says:

    corinne,
    i too have a problem with the bakers yeast called saccharmyces cerevisiae, i had a stooll test done in 2008 and was told i had many yeast in the stool sample, my email is corinnepopovich@hotmail.com, if anyone can offer advice i would appreciate it, i am using the formula called sf722 for yeast and i still have the problem today but is better somewhat i havenot eaten anything with yeast since 2008 but this stuff is horrible to deal with, thanks, corinne

  44. charliev says:

    Have yeast extract and yeast allergies and just about everything has this in it. I just bought some high end facial anti aging cream that was marked down to a ridiculous price of 4.25 (usually 40.) at Ulta and was so excited to get such a deal to help my aging skin. Used it 2 nights now and woke up with eyes swollen closed. Googled the ingredients and there it was “yeast extract”. Have to return. why is this yeast extract hidden in every thing including cosmedics? and really, what the heck can we eat?

  45. I just ate a new wonderful piza at a restaurant. Because I am trying to abstain from wheat products they offered me a millet flour and flax seed shell. I ate 3 pieces and had gingerale to drink. I recently had ‘anaphylaxis’ with grapes (I am 41 yrs old) and ate grapes all my life. Now suddenly I am alergic to so much more. After eating the pizza I almost fell asleep at the table! I felt tired/drunk. After reading the site…maybe a yeast/mold allergy? *sigh*

  46. Kristi in California says:

    There is hidden MSG in yeast products. Many of you could benefit from googling “hidden sources of MSG.” I have ongoing sinus issues and watery eyes. Sometimes I get a crazy cough that turns into asthma. I eat almost exclusively organic food, but I am realizing that MSG is in pretty much everything, including organic food. “Natural Flavors” are in almost everything, and I have been noticing reactions from natural flavors even. I guess I just have to go back to eating things that dont have an ingredients list, and just eat whole foods. Eating anything processed can make me blow my nose for hours and make my eyes itch and cry. You just wont believe how much MSG the FDA allows to be hidden in your food. Whole Foods, Trader Joes and every other health food store is full of hidden MSG. Google it, you just wont believe it! This stuff is eating away at our brains and causing autoimmune reactions. Why does a good organic bottled juice need natural flavors added? Is the sweet natural taste of the fruit just not good enough? Hidden MSG is added to everything in order to cause a process in our brains to crave more, and thus, eat more and buy more. Even the organic food industry is privy to this. We need to go back to eating food in its most natural state, the way God intended. If our food was supposed to be loaded with additives, or have a different genetic make-up (GMO’s), it would have been already created that way. Man is molesting everything and manipulating nature and disrespecting the Creator, who knows perfectly what is best for the human body to consume. So why do we need to change anything? All you moms who are so concerned about what you are feeding your little ones, or what is causing their ADHD, look into hidden MSG and GMO’s. Even your baby foods are loaded with it!

  47. Sona says:

    You’re welcome to your opinion but so far this list has saved my life and if I followed your advice to “test under controlled circumstances” I would be dead. You are obviously not as allergic, do please don’t assume this author is conservative. I appreciate them

  48. Ashley says:

    My son has been sick for a week now, and we thought it was a bug that was going around, but everyone else who had it is feeling better, and my son isn’t. He;s had sneezing, vomiting, diarrea, hives, and itchy, watery eyes. He stopped vomiting two days ago, and he didn’t have diarrea at all today. He hasn’t been very hungry, so I was happy when he told me he was starving. With dinner still thiry minutes from finishing, I let him have a donut. Within five minutes, most of the symptoms he’d been displaying all week were back. I’ve been looking on the internet and it looks like a yeast allergy. My local Price Chopper has an Irish soda bread that’s yeast free, so I bought some of that for when he goes back to school Monday (today is Saturday). First thing Monday I plan on calling his pediatrician and getting a referral to an allergist, to figure out whether or not this really is a yeast allergy. If it is, I think I’ll be really glad that this is the year we’re putitng in a garden :) Thank you so much for having this website, it’s easing my mind to get a game plan in place in case he is allergic.

    • Sona Pyle says:

      make sure your allergist even tests for yeast and not just mold. The ones here don’t. I hope your son gets to feeling better soon! Its so scary!

  49. charise says:

    Was so sure dairy was causing all of my problems, but it appears I have a horrible yeast allergy. Can have pasta, muffins etc. Have personally tested avoiding gluten and no success, as well as negative Celiac tests. Has anyone found that avoiding other allergens positively affects their yeast allergy. (i.e. avoiding gluten or dairy causes yeast allergy to minimize or disappear). All tests in the past have pointed to dairy, but my experience tracking my diet points to yeast.

    • Rick says:

      Charise, so sorry to see another with this horrible allergy. I haven’t found that avoiding other allergens affects my yeast allergy. My yeast allergy also appears to be evolving. Food that i could tolerate before now cause terrible reactions. Yeast is on so many food items, and the one that sneaks into the diet is yeast extract in processed foods. Good luck with the battle.

  50. Mary Lou says:

    I too am allergic to bakers yeast. I order my bread and bagels from Sammi’s Bakery.
    You can find them online. I order several loafs at a time and freeze them.

  51. Lorie says:

    My allergies started with garlic. It took me years to figure out that I also have a gluten allergy. So I have been on a pretty strict gluten free diet and have been feeling somewhat better. My headaches have improved immensely and the pain in my joints is better. I was eating this yummy gluten free bread and started to feel really bad with stomach pain and bloating. I recently had a bad reaction to a bag of cheesy kale chips. I had heart palpitations, trouble sleeping, just an overall uncomfortable reaction feeling. I at first thought it might be the kale so I bought a bag of plain kale chips. No problems. So I looked at the labels of both bags and noticed nutritional yeast on the cheesy bag. I had never thought of that as a problem before. I started my research and realized that is what I have been having an allergy to for years. I gave up beer years ago. I was so excited when I found gluten free beer but within 15 minutes of drinking it I have a terrible headache and swelling. It all makes sense now. As much as it’s frustrating to realize I have another allergy to contend with it feels great to finally have answers to my symptoms and that I am not going crazy :)

  52. Lorie says:

    I now realize so many of the things that I was feeling sick with was because of the yeast issue. I have a terrible time with B vitamins and stopped taking them. I avoid any bread that has yeast in it. My main symptoms are similar to when I accidentally ingest MSG. I feel lightheaded, my breathing quickens, and I feel strange heart palpitations. It’s a little easier for me because having the garlic allergy first eliminated a lot of things that also contain garlic and gluten. I never eat frozen meals or dinners. I stopped using salad dressings years ago, ect. So the transition to avoid yeasts I am hoping will just be a little more work in reading labels. Does anyone else have the heart palpitation symptoms I have when ingesting nutritional yeast? I have learned to make a lot of things from scratch like gluten and yeast free pizza dough, banana bread, pancakes..ect. I am surprised about the fruits. I used to have terrible reactions to strawberries but I thought it was from the pesticides. I still have occasional reactions from organic strawberries like mouth sores. But now it makes more sense that it is yeast related. I can’t touch wine at all because I get strange heart palpitations and my neck and face become flushed. I love this forum and hope to learn more about this newly discovered allergy. Thanks to everyone for sharing their stories and experiences.

  53. Doreen says:

    i have just recently been tested and told that I am allergic to bakers yeast and brewers yeast. I have been reading all the above comments but am somewhat confused. how can i tell if i am allergic to wild yeast. the same test results show that I am not allergic to cheese milk yogurt etc. and when i google allergies to yeast they say i should not eat cheese or yogurt. I guess one more question would be what kind of yeast is in vinegar? I have no idea where to go to get a definitive answer to all these questions. Your opinions will be greatly appreciated as I start on this journey. thanks

    • Yogurt is fermented by bacteria, not yeast. Cheese is cured with mold, but not bakers or brewer’s yeasts.

      Vinegar may vary in its yeast content. A wine vinegar would contain very high amounts of the yeasts used to make wine. There is a “wild yeast” that grows naturally on grapes that is used in the fermentation process. Distilled vinegar would theoretically no longer contain yeast, but in practice it may still cause you to have symptoms.

    • Rick says:

      Doreen, the one thing I have learned from my own experience with yeast allergy and all my research is that there is no definitive answer. My experience is that it evolves and changes. I’m convinced that the biggest problem is the amount of yeast we all take into our body. And it had been ramped up with the explosion of yeast extract use by food processing companies. I think this allergy to yeast will become more common as we all overdose on yeast. There may be reasons why some people can tolerate more yeast than others, but none of the doctors I talk to have a good explanation I thought maybe my allergic reaction was tied to my lack of a kidney and adrenal gland (I was born with just one). The adrenal gland produces cortisol, a natural steroid. It seemed logical that if I wasn’t producing enough of this natural steroid my body would react as it does when I digest yeast. But I have been told that the reaction is an autoimmune response. But who knows.

      I have been going through an extended period of an allergic reaction, which I think is based upon foods that in the past I was not allergic too. Things like raisins, strawberries, certain soy sauce (sushi without soy sauce and wassabi isn’t the same). My list just keeps getting longer and longer, and I seem to be getting less tolerant. I have taken yogurt off my list of things i can eat, though I nay try to add it back once I get this back under control. I have found I can have a beer (the first one in 6 months last weekend sure tasted good). But I don’t dare try wine. Sure do miss pizza though.

      Good luck to all that suffer with this allergy.

  54. My son was recently diagnosed with a yeast allergy. 90+ in rast, 4+ on skin and tested on a patch test for EoE and that also came back positive. Does anyone know other names for yeast. For example dairy; whey, casein, milk protein, etc. I am not finding much info anywhere. Email: Brandystarr@live.com Thank you!

  55. Deetermined says:

    I just found out I am allergic to bakers and brewers yeasts and appreciate this blog and the information you provide. I am curious after reviewing your list of foods containing yeast, how can fresh fruits contain yeast? Is it just the mold content? Will thorough washing prevent most allergic reactions? Thanks for your help!

  56. Beth says:

    Thank you for this article. I’ve suffered hives for at least 18months, possibly 3 years. After 100+ allergy tests my doc found no positive result for any food. (Yes for seasonal allergies such as grass and tree pollen; as well as mold and dust mites.) Tho, through my eating habits I appear to be allergic to almonds, sesame, sunflower/safflower, walnuts, strawberries. Now I’ve been reading about naturally occurring histamines in foods and have learned that tomatoes, spinach, fermented products, soy and vinegars can all be culprits…which makes me question my earlier assumptions about my (self determined) nut allergies. Am about to start an elimination diet (foregoing histamine-rich foods).

  57. Anonymous says:

    Balance your microbiome (Agustin flora) and the yeast sensitivities will slowly fade. I had many sensitivities mainly yeast though. After avoiding yeast and taking natural antifungals, antibacterials and anti parasite supplements I no longer react to the foods I use to. I had bad reactions to anything that fed my gut flora imbalance I.e. Sugars of all forms and fruit sugar and milk sugar. Trial and error and patience while my body rebalanced with a good program. I had candida, and a lot of nutrient deficiencies from it. My symptoms were constant hunger, blood sugar issues, infertility, hypothyroid, weight gain, body aches, dizziness, fatigue, bloating, and extreme thirst. Each month I cleaned up my gut flora and cooked more fresh my body healed. But I had to kill off or balance my gut flora with proper supplements not by avoiding food sensitivities alone. Everyone is unique, don’t over stress but do your research & start a treatment plan with a professional. A doctor that practices functional medicine and a nutritionist like me that understands the gut brain connection :) be well & have faith

  58. I have not read all the comments but ascorbic acid is another “hidden” yeast. I found this out the hard way. I became ill (sinus infection and very sore throat) after drinking Celestial Seasonings tea. All of them contain ascorbic acid as a flavor booster. Anyway, I did a lot of digging and found out that ascorbic acid is made with a fermentation process. Bingo! That was it.

  59. Sona says:

    Folks are welcome to check out the Facebook Like Page of Yeast Free Living for recipes and research as I struggle with my own journey with this allergy. It is possible to live and live well!

  60. josie jones says:

    I sufder from allergy to airborne yeast. I can eat bread but gwt twrribly bad hiccups, but if i make bread, i instantly come out in a rash from head to to…… Ears, inbetween fingers….. Everywhere except my face??
    I alao get really bloated after bread etc

  61. mygrainetoo says:

    I keep seeing sinus conditions in these posts. Be aware that ‘sinus infections’ (especially those that are treated with antibiotics & don’t go away) are often really migraines.

    Around the same time I developed yeast & dairy problems & thought I was going to DIE before I figured out what was wrong. Seriously – I thought I had a brain tumor or something of that nature. Many people who have gone gluten-free really have yeast allergies/ yeast migraine triggers but don’t know it since eliminating gluten eliminates yeast. Very good studies from the U.K. substantiate this.

    Keep a food diary if you have any suspicions about food/drink related health problems. Eliminate all processed/manufactured foods & start with fresh fruits & vegetables & slowly add items to your diet. It makes for easy journaling – you probably won’t have to write down a thing until you have problems with some sort of processed food. Make sure you journal any vitamins & supplements you take, too. Items will start jumping out at you as the sources of your problems.

  62. Colin says:

    Is it possible to just be allergic to pizza dough but no other breads?. About 2 years ago I bit into my lower lip while eating pizza (we’ve all done it) and about 40 minutes later my lower lip swelled, soon after that I had hives “world-wide” if you know what I mean… now pizza does it to me all the time. I kept the Benedryl handy and purposely began eating and re-eating foods that I had eaten during the day I ended up with the hives and narrowed it down to pizza, then made up some garlic fingers using pizza dough and little else, then as a final test I ate only what went on garlic fingers by it’s self with no reaction. at this point I plan to eat just the dough and see what happens, I just want to know what is involved in pizza dough and not other things. Bread, pasta, any baked goods, beer, nothing else causes an effect, not even a hint of it. Why?

    • Did you make the pizza dough yourself? Or purchase it? Look at the ingredient lists of the bread you are eating and the pizza dough. Perhaps there is a preservative in the dough not present in the other foods? Good luck. This kind of detective work is so hard!

  63. Teresa Anton says:

    Im so confused. I found out im allergic to bakers yeast wheat soy peas.im not sure what yeast I need to stay away from.plz help

    • Mary Connelly says:

      I was diagnosed with a baker’s yeast allergy. I have bad reactions to Autolyzed Yeast extract. It is used as a flavor enhancer in most canned soups and many frozen dinners. I read all labels at the grocery store to avoid this form of yeast. I can not eat any bread that rises from bakers yeast. Instead I substitute flour tortillas, canned or frozen biscuits or Pillsbury canned crescent rolls for bread. I also special order from Sami’s Bakery in Tampa Florida. Their Flax and Millet line of baked goods is made from baking powder instead of yeast. The bagels and hamburger buns are a good substitute for the yeast breads sold commercially.

  64. My nutritionist informed me on top of my Celiac Disease I also am very sensitive to dairy and eggs and extremely intolerant to Yeast. She mentioned that I cannot have any form of sugar… including honey or agave nectar because it feeds the yeast. Does anyone have any experience with this?

  65. charliev says:

    I tried your beans and rice idea and so far not a terrible reaction. do you know if candy such as m and m’s are off limits as well? ate a handful at a christmas party…..haven’t felt well in so long and am running out of ideas of what to eat. I bought a crock pot to make my own chicken soup, etc. as all of campbells soup has yeast extract in it…..and i loved soup..

  66. Hey charliev, don’t want to be the bearer of bad tidings but many, many meats can cause a reaction. The animals are given antibiotics and will cause a reaction when the antibiotics are made from yeast, like penicillin. I used to react to chicken but have found a brand that does not use the yeasty antibiotics.

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