Yeast-containing foods | Allergy

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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