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Foods that Contain Yeast

by Allergy Guy

Yeast-containing foods can be avoided when you know what to watch out for.

If you need to eliminate yeast from your diet, there are many foods to watch out for. And not just food either. Some brands of vitamin B are derived from yeast.

This is a partial list of foods that contain yeast. Over time it will grow. I have already replaced the original article with this one.

If you are allergic to yeast, or otherwise need to eliminate yeast from your diet, use this guide help you avoid foods that contain yeast.

According to one of the comments below, if you find disodium guanylate on the ingredients, this ingredient can be derived from yeast, especially if it is listed as a vegan source of the ingredient (thank-you lori e).

There are three sections to this article:

Foods That Always Contain Yeast

These foods always (or almost always) contain yeast. For example, it is possible to make bread without yeast, but most bread that you see in the store is made with yeast.

  • Bagels
  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Bread rolls
  • Cider
  • Fruit skins, especially:
    • Grapes
    • Plumbs
  • Grape juice
  • Malt beverages
  • MSG (often extracted from autolyzed yeast extract or from wheat)
  • Oxo Cubes
  • Pretzels
  • Sake
  • Sour dough bread
  • Wine
  • Yeast Extract:
    • Bovril
    • Cenovis
    • Marmite
    • Oxo
    • Promite
    • Vegemite

Foods That Sometimes Contain Yeast

These foods may contain yeast. You must check product -by-product and recipe-by-recipe.

  • Cakes
  • Doughnuts
  • Fruit, over-ripe
  • Soup – prepared or canned
  • Soy sauce (Most brands do, some do not)
  • Vitamin B supplements (depending on the source of the vitamin B)
  • Chocolate (See article for specifics – chocolate is often fine, depending on type, brand and country).

Yeast-free foods

Eventually, this will become a separate article. For now I am including it here.

It is always best to double-check ingredients for packaged foods, in case manufacturers change their formula or there are variations between countries.

  • Ryvita (Used to contain yeast in some countries. The are now consistently yeast-free everywhere, according to their head office.)

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You can help!

I know I have missed things that should be on this list, and over time I will add to it. Leave a comment if you see anything missing. Thanks!

As Linja (comment #107) says, “Read all the comments; they are rich with hints.”

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1 Leigh August 3, 2018 at 16:01

Champagne is made so that the yeast is totally eliminated after the fermentation process is complete. I have been assured of this by several experts in the alcoholic drinks field ..I can drink it without ill effects ,and I have a significant problem with yeast….but I absolutely can’t drink wine .


2 okpuno felix March 29, 2018 at 18:43

pls send me the list of food not to eat this Passover and unleavened bread, food that are common to Nigeria


3 Commented November 6, 2017 at 04:25

Dates have the same yeast problem grapes do.


4 Mindialeth October 9, 2017 at 10:02

wait, any and every soup ever contains yeast? why?!


5 Allergy Guy November 19, 2017 at 21:54

Almost every commercially made soup I have ever checked the ingredients for contains yeast, more specifically yeast extract. I do not know why, possibly for flavouring.


6 Sarah October 2, 2018 at 15:03

It’s the stock that’s used. If you make your own you can buy yeast free stock


7 Elaine September 7, 2017 at 10:55

Is there a vinegar that doesn’t contain yeast?


8 Kate January 7, 2018 at 15:52

They say distilled vinegar has little to no yeast and most people don’t react to it because it’s gone through a filtering process. I must about to start a yeast free diet so will try it myself!


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