It took me several years of cooking to appreciate the value that broth and chicken broth, in fact, all types of broth and broth, bring to cooking. What was once something of a special item in my kitchen has now become a mainstay on my weekly shopping list. I frequently buy chicken and vegetable broth and broth for a variety of my family’s favorite dishes. It’s never been convenient for me to make and store my own, so I rely heavily on commercially available products.
Although there are numerous types of broths and broths available in the supermarket, most of these contain ingredients that could be dangerous to your health. Since I don’t want to consume dangerous ingredients and am on the candida diet, a diet to help treat yeast infection, choosing an appropriate chicken broth can be a challenging task. Candidiasis is a condition in which, through numerous external factors, yeast (candida) overgrow in the body. This candida overgrowth can cause numerous health problems. Many times, patients with candidiasis go years without any explanation for their poor health. The candida diet is the primary form of treatment for yeast infection, but one of the prohibited ingredients in the diet is preservatives, and commercially available chicken broths and broths are notorious for containing them.
I have found that the most commonly used prohibited ingredients in commercially available broths include monosodium glutamate (MSG), yeast extract, and citric acid. All three of these additives are used to preserve and / or enhance flavor. All three also undergo the fermentation process whereby yeast and / or bacteria are added to change the substance to a form that is suitable for commercial use and yeast is a prohibited ingredient in the candida diet. MSG, yeast extract, and citric acid can be derived from a sugar or carbohydrate source. Many of these original sources are also prohibited in the candida diet. Additionally, monosodium glutamate has come under fire in recent decades due to numerous studies that have revealed that it causes a wide range of health problems. Yeast extract actually contains MSG, so there is some concern to be aware of. In addition to the three additives already discussed, sugar is another ingredient often found in commercially available broths and broths and is also prohibited in the candida diet.
So how can you find a chicken broth or broth without MSG, yeast extract, citric acid, sugar, or any other preservatives? This is not an easy task, but I have found some brands that are fine to use on the candida diet. More than Gourmet Chicken Stock, Trader Joe’s Organic Free Range Chicken Broth and Imagine Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth seem to have ingredients that are fine for the candida diet. I bought More Than Gourmet Chicken Broth from Whole Foods. Imagine Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth is available in the organic food section of most supermarkets. Trader Joe’s Organic Free Range Chicken Broth can only be purchased at Trader Joe’s. I use the Trader Joe’s brand the most because it is the most affordable at around $ 2.29 for 32 oz. I hope these suggestions provide you with the convenience of using commercially available chicken broth and broth without compromising on the candida diet.