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 Bracha July 17, 2017 at 12:14

Do you know if wraps are a good yeast free option instead of bread?



2 Allergy Guy July 23, 2017 at 14:10

Probably wraps are yeast-free (I have not personally checked). Check the ingredients to be sure and it could vary from one brand to another.


3 Beth Zelten June 27, 2017 at 16:48

Most all bullion had yeast. Both the paste and the liquid broths have yeast. The only one I found without it is Pacific Chicken Bone Broth.


4 Vinay Kumar February 22, 2017 at 08:20

are products which are made by baking powder also contain yeast like biscuit or cake, can we eat them when we have allergy with yeast?


5 Allergy Guy March 19, 2017 at 22:47

It depends on the recipe. Usually either baking powder is added or yeast, but always check the ingredients. If baking pwder is added but not yeast, you should be OK.


6 Irma-insanely desperate for answers April 1, 2016 at 13:33

I find all these comments fascinating. I have been suffering from what I call “brain freeze” headaches that can last for weeks and has even left me being unable to sleep. The most was for 6 days. I have been rushed to ER & seen by various specialists but they could never find anything wrong. After 6 months of intensive suffering, I finally took it upon myself to figure it out. After a trip to Panera, I discovered it’s the cheese, tomato, chicken, & bread. Funny thing is that they then went to test me for these foods and all came out fine, no allergies to those items. Doc could only say I may just be sensitive & not necessarily “allergic” to these foods. In reading more, I’m even more confused than ever because im not too sure if it’s yeast I’m allergic to or msg or just everything because as soon as I think I’m clear to eat something, boom my headaches start up. I’m trying gluten-free food but I never even thought about fruit when it’s a bit spoiled. It’s just hard going through all this and feeling like it’s all in my head when I know it’s not. Any other helpful hints or ideas would be greatly appreciated.


7 Gina McGowen February 20, 2016 at 13:37

Hi! We just found out my 10 year-old son is allergic to yeast. I think some pasta may be made with yeast. My daughter took a cooking class and they made homemade pasta. She said they added yeast to the dough. I also think pizza crust has yeast. Thanks for your informative article. Gina


8 Sharon Ratcliffe April 9, 2016 at 22:44

Pizza has yeast in it. My 3yr old is allerg to yeast and she breaks out with cheese, tomato products containing vinegar, all stock powders and ready made stocks, pre made hamburgers and sausages, vegimite even contains yeast. So many products and foods contain yeast. But at least there is a silver lining she eats supper healthy and loves simple eating of veggies and meat and l give her a yeast free bread and mountain bread wraps.


9 Sharon Ratcliffe April 9, 2016 at 22:46

l also use a gluten free pasta for her.


10 Melody September 10, 2016 at 08:06

Gina, I thought store bought sourdough was fine! Where is the article you are referring to? I didn’t go back through the older comments. Also for everyone, while cheese and mushrooms may not contain yeast, they are molds which, if you have a yeast allergy, help feed yeast, as does sugar! Mel


11 Cliona May 3, 2015 at 06:22

I didn’t think sourdough had? My husband has been using this as an alternative for a while now and it was recommended as a yeast free bread substitute by a kineasologist..


12 Sharon Ratcliffe April 9, 2016 at 22:50

Sourdough has yeast in it. Some Brands of breads that l have found good is dovendale rice and chia bread and normal life have a great yeast free range normal life is my daughters favourite cause she can eat it as a sandwich which most yeast free breads are like cardboard lol and u can only toast it.


13 Renee March 2, 2015 at 16:10

My entire life I’ve head unexplainable hives and random swelling. $550 later after doing the MRT allergy test this month, my main culprit has been Yeast! In late July of 2014 I had a Hepatitis B vaccine. (A vaccine grown in yeast). 3 weeks after my vaccine my swelling symptoms greatened. What long term effect will this vaccine have on my body?


14 Allergy Guy March 3, 2015 at 13:49

Three weeks is a wide separation between an event (vaccination) and a reaction. I wouldn’t assume it had anything to do with the vaccine.


15 Emi's Mom December 18, 2015 at 22:13

Same thing happened to my daughter after Hep B vaccine…and she has a yeast Allergy.


16 Sherry September 1, 2015 at 22:29

Hi Renee, I found your comments interesting. I have had uncontrollable hives all over for the last 6 months. I have been on Allegra and Zrytec and ranidine trying to keep it under control as best I can. This is driving me nuts, have no idea what is causing this. Any suggestions? Thanks for taking the time to read this. Sherry


17 mona September 26, 2014 at 06:42

is cheese contain yeast


18 Allergy Guy September 26, 2014 at 15:20

Generally not, cheese is made with bacteria. If the cheese goes “off”, it could have been spoiled by yeast.


19 Mariska August 2, 2014 at 11:04

I found out I am not allowed to eat food that contains yeast, what should I eat?


20 Rosalie Scheel July 26, 2014 at 13:20

Allergic to yeast,rice. Likely gluten and lactose intolerant.Foods not to eat.please


21 Roseena Ahmed April 19, 2014 at 14:20

Please can you tell me if passion fruit and blueberry are yeast free, as they do not appear on your list

Many thanks



22 Eileenfb November 14, 2013 at 10:34

I believe that vegetables or fruit which have been stored too long or left to ripen too long will contain high levels of yeast. Most of it in, or near, the skin but eventually it would make it’s way into the flesh.

Can anyone confirm this?


23 Allergy Guy November 14, 2013 at 17:47

If fruit or vegetables start to spoil, then they likely have high levels of yeast, otherwise they should be fine. Some fruits, such as grapes, have a certain amount of yeast that grows naturally on the skin.


24 F. MOORE March 25, 2013 at 15:48

I was checking out the list about foods that always contain yeast and grapes is one of them. I did some further digging and found a scientific research article stating that the yeast on grapes is supplied from an outside source, mainly wasps. It also states that the gut of wasps is the only place the yeast can be found year around (it doesn’t survive during the winter) because the queen hibernates and re-introduces the yeast in food it provides for its young after it comes out of hibernation. These wasps then feed in grape vineyards where the yeast is injected into grapes. When the sugar inside the grapes comes on contact with the yeast the fermentation begins. The yeast is not therefore in all the grapes just the ones that have been molested by the wasps, so to speak. Is it then a reasonable conclusion that grapes should be removed from the list of “always contains yeast” to the list of “sometimes contains yeast”? If the yeast is supplied from an outside source, then it is reasonable that the same yeast can be cleansed from the grapes before consumption. After all how many people eat grapes that are already damaged? The produce employees where I shop advise me never to eat grapes that have already separated from the stem because they are laden with bacteria – yeast probably being one of those.


25 Allergy Guy April 1, 2013 at 16:54

Can you provide a reference to the article you were reading? Sounds interesting.

My understanding is that the yeast associated with grapes grows on the skin, and this is the yeast used to make wine. I would think that a grape with yeast in it, and that has started fermenting, would be noticeable and taste funny. Also, my understanding is that table grapes are heavily sprayed, so I wonder if wasps would ‘modest’ commercial grapes very much.


26 dr fungus April 4, 2013 at 05:58

dear all without going into academic jungle what we have to realise that scientists are usualy on taxpeyer pocket some are private they have quota to publish so many discoveries per year or two or they out of well paid and cushy job.we have cases where politicians told scientist what to publish regardless of scietific findings,in another words i do not trust god,but i do trust my own not money biased for grapes if you grow them in sterile environment and as soon you cut them from vine or if you leave them they will ferment naturaly,and wasp may come in contact with many fallen overripe fruit where it gets yeast and transfers it onto healthy fruit to speed up was believed that malaria is animal origin carried by mosquitos untill some one in melbourne discovers that is a fast spreading plant fungus in tropics.another one is where they observed how fish in lakes ate birds droppings and get infected with toxoplasmosis.scientists were saying that infected fish did not fear predatory birds from above they did not dive into deep to escape.what these scientists missed this infected fish had bloated belly from infection and could not dive.they also speculating that drivers who eat rare meat get infected with toxoplasmosis and they have no fear causing more accidents.we had also prominent medical scientist from uk explaining how people who are mysteriously sick in the gut doctors cant help,but scientist have found if suferer has worms in the gut their condition improves,but no candida mentioned.worms love rot thats what candidal person creates,ferments does not digest.decades ago i keep chickens feed them with medicated pellets they all died prematurely with gutfull of worms despite i give them medicated water to kill worms.once i put them on grains only and did not medicate water they all lived to ripe old age no worms in the gut.worms are atracted to rot,and pellets are with antibiotic and dry meal which is all fungal .in 1960 hunderd thousand turkeys died on farms in uk when they tested for cause they tracked it all the way to brasil meal from brasil which was mixed with peanuts.worst place to grow peanuts hot and humid,as peanuts naturaly contain dozens of toxins and some of them are aflatoxins most deadly ones.NOTE GRAPES IN SEASON TO BE EATEN ONLY AND ALONE NOT WITH ANY FOOD BEFORE OR AFTER yes they are healthy if they fresh and as soon they in stomach they may ferment,so always have some vine after eating fruits due to sulphur in vine slows down fermentation.
regards dr fungus


27 dr fungus April 30, 2013 at 07:25

dear all forumers there is another one of my pinpointing health concerns.i get up one night and had spining head and loss of balance.managed to get back into bed,believing by morning i will be fine,not so, get up still spining,if it is ear related then i will be sick in the gut,but it was not the i vas blowing my nose in wash basin i noticed black sooth in my mucus,never noticed it before,as i live at the seaside with crystal clear mind in the flash realised it was black fungus i have inhaled while picking madagascar beans which are so bushy like jungle.we had some good rain days before and cold weather leaves on madagascar bean did not dry but they are by nature abrasive and they traped black fungus which is everywhere floating in the air and dispersed by wind.whole day i was like drunk and following days i got back ache joints and muscle ache for days.from now on when i pick beans i use face mask,as you have to disturb leaves because beans are well inside under leaves.i grow these beans for forty years and i remember every now and then i used to be so dizzy,it has taken me forty years to work it out.these beans are delicious if eaten young,they protect you from radiation,as i have experienced,whole day in the sun unprotected dont get sunburn.history has it when annunakis where in ancient sumeria iraq today,they were guests in sodom and gomorah where some of annunakis were sodomised by locals.annunakis where considered as gods who come from haven and created man.they were so upset about it decided to blast both cities.prior to destruction they have told their earthly hosts to eat these beans for three months and leave city after time expired.archeologists have foun traces of nuclear blast in both cities,while antropologists have found missing link from early humanoid and all of sudden modern man and that time in between what is missing link these gods anunnakis come down to sumeria and geneticaly manipulated and produced modern man.that was hidden from general public for mileniums.just same as candida ,first one did not suit ruling clergy second one does not suit big pharmaceuticals doctors and all other quackery cashing on gulibles.


28 lindarae January 14, 2013 at 17:37

I am allergic to almost every thing what in the heck am I to eat or drink? Allergies, asthma, infections, eczema peanut allergies, wheat, yeast, etc wow what to do?


29 mario January 17, 2013 at 18:36

HI LINDARAE thanks for reviving this forum.i thought they are all healthy by now following my diet,or they all in hospitals on life support ignoring my life experience.if you read all my posts carefully ,you will find that once you put candida under control you can eat even some candidal foods like fruits so long they in season and you dont mix them with any foods as well,and not too ripe.pasta yeast free bread no problem so long you bake your own using cream of tartar instead of baking powder as i put it on original recipe.and once more allergy is medical academia medicine is self discipline. they dont call it candida for nothing it is candid hidden hard to pin point even if you on strict non candidal diet and if you just eat one candidal food for days you may have candidal symptoms from any food or drink you have, even they not candidal. then you panic that everything is candidal. regards dr fungus


30 Netta October 13, 2012 at 17:14

I have been having a lot of trouble with yeast infections, both vaginal and skin type. I have been baking my own yeast-free bread, and I am vegan. I eat a lot of soy-based and vegetable protein foods, and I see that the ingredients include autolysed, and hydrolysed yeast. I understand this to mean the yeast is “killed” during these processes, but does it/can it still add to my yeast problems?


31 Jenni July 24, 2012 at 11:15

Ok thanks!
What bout cheese and peanuts? I love both…. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚


32 Jenni June 28, 2012 at 13:02

Hi there, I am surprised vinegar is not on the yeast containing list…? All the other resources I have Lund list vinegar as yeasty. As well as mushrooms, cheese and peanuts??? Help! I found outi have a yeast allergy but am confused!


33 Allergy Guy July 9, 2012 at 21:54

There is a lot of confusion on this subject and I depend on information from a variety of sources which I also find confusing.

Vinegar may have yeast in it, put it depends on how it is produced. White vinegar is typically distilled and may not have yeast in it. Mushrooms do not have yeast in them, but they are a type of fungus, and some people feel that one should steer clear of all types of fungus if allergic to yeast.


34 irene June 23, 2012 at 14:25

Do you know if milk has MSG in it? I think my 18month son has yeast allergies. We have dr. appt. in Aug. to find out if thats what it is for sure. He had severe exzema since he was 5m. old. Dr. couldn’t help me much. Just pushed all kinds of creams witch made it worse. Since i stop giving him bread and other things that i thought was bothering him. His exzema is getting better. For some reason he doesn’t tolarate milk,soy milk, goats milk or coconut milk, his eyes and lymphnodes gets swallen. Im going to try oranic milk see what will happen.
thanks irene


35 Allergy Guy June 24, 2012 at 19:13

Hi Irene,

I would be very surprised if milk had MSG in it, then again anything is possible, especially for flavored products (e.g. chocolate milk). You could always try phoning your favourite dairy and ask them, just to be sure.


36 mario June 14, 2012 at 23:48

there is a toxic shock for all garlic worshippers.sorry guys i have to retract my comment saying once eat garlic leaves.finaly i have completed my 5 years garlic test with shocking result and money out of pocket.for milleniums we have been programmed how good garlic is,.one of biggest garlic protagonists dr paavo airola and his book the miracle of garlic died at age of 64 from stroke ,hope not garlic related.there are my findings,i used to blend my garlic with olive oil put it in ice cube container,divide them in half ,and freeze them .lovely always had fresh garlic in my food.then strange things start to happen ,i will have these dream like spells for short time every time i bend down i had dizzy spell,most times i feel like my whole body nervous system will switch off,heard noise in my body like stuck metal welding electrode .my left hand little finger will tick at high speeed when finger was in certain night i would be waken up with throbing noise on my whole left side even my eardrum was playing ,worse and most painful one was when in bed before asleep a tinyest squeak in bedroom will send a painfull shock wawe trough my whole body at the speed of light.gone trough doppler test ultrasound for blood flow to head perfect result gone trough neurologist tests and scanners result perfect.neurolgist told me he never heard of symptoms like that in his workig life,doctor was cautious not prescribing any meds suspecting mild epilepsy.i was googling like crazy about symptoms could not find anything didnt fit in nacrolepsy as well ,then i start to remove garlic from my diet symptoms gone ,try garlic again symptoms back even tryed garlic chives symptoms back.once i had oporto chicken beautifull with so litle garlic you could not notice yes mild symptoms back night i was googling something irrevelant bingo dr robert beck garlic is a poison ,potent neuro toxin which destroys brain cells,dont panic dr beck says you need a brain of wall nut to be a genius.sorry garlic lovers but i have to disappoint you, two cant be wrong .then i can revind all my symptoms back 65 years i remember these dream like spells in my childhood i used to pinch my self to confirm that im not dreaming. my question is how many people around the world are on useless medication when it is as simple as eliminating offending food,or will allergy guy say that im allergic to garlic???????keep forum alive please regards dr fungus


37 Linda W September 3, 2012 at 16:12

I’ve read that garlic in sufficient quantities is toxic to dogs.


38 mario September 4, 2012 at 19:26

yes Linda ,in one of my comments i have mentioned even domestic pets are now having human diseases,since they have been introduced to canned and dry food.long time ago i read somebody in usa has given his dog a good amount of chocolate,and dog died.going back to my childhood days,i remember,bringing two young squirrels from forrest home,i could not ressist their cuteness.we have eaten bread with yeast and butter on it,we gave a bit to squirrels they could not stop eating morning to our shock they were both dead,and at the back of their passage there was greasy fungus.probably fungus from yeast,and im still arguing today with doctors ,that yeast is not killed after bread is baked how they want us to believe .i was privileged to grow up with very primitive tribal people,and observing nature was my university.can you imagine a 8 years old child in deep forrest alone gathering mushrooms,got lost in in forrest ,come home after 10 at night.i wonder how did i survive without all this safety and risk assesement authorities,and dangerous animals and poisonous mushrooms were not properly labeled,no lighting no markings,all you left with is your point is that today people are programmed not even to think for them selves as they are not qualified for it.academics waant us to let them to think for us,and our body belogs to them,so long they follow gowernment guidelines,and cemeteries are filling fast,with younger and younger people,they have done nothing wrong.but i must admit a lot of people are even lazy to think,as they scared to be slaped with moniker like they calling me dr fungus.and im laughing with good health,in my old age,most people think im silly old exccentric man. keep up good work.ignorance is one of the scariest things im afraid of.


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