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Yeast Allergy and Vinegar

by Allergy Guy

Yeast Allergy and Vinegar

Yeast allergy suffers are forever on the watch for yeast-containing foods to avoid. Many wonder if vinegar is a problem if they are on a yeast-free diet.

There are many types of vinegar. They all have one thing in common: they involve fermentation with yeast. This is bad news if you have a yeast allergy. This is not the whole story on vinegar and yeast so keep reading.

Vinegar can be made from pretty much anything that can be fermented. Here are some examples of different types of vinegar:

  • Apple cider
  • Balsamic
  • Beer
  • Cane
  • Coconut
  • Date
  • East Asian black
  • Fruit
  • Honey
  • Job’s Tears
  • Kiwifruit
  • Kombucha
  • Malt
  • Palm
  • Raisin
  • Rice
  • Wine

The first stage in vinegar production is to ferment sugar-containing food into a dilute alcohol (ethanol) containing liquid. This first stage is very much like wine or beer production.

This first stage of malt vinegar production is similar to beer-making in that the barley must first be malted, turning starches into sugars, before fermentation can take place.

The second stage to vinegar production is to sour the based-based liquid with acetic acid bacteria.

Acetic acid bacteria is a range of bacteria types that metabolize alcohol and turn it into acetic acid.

Unlike the fermentation process, in which yeasts convert sugar into alcohol in the absence of oxygen, acetic acid bacteria require oxygen.

Distilled Vinegar

Distilled vinegar takes vinegar, made as described above, and distils it to concentrate the acetic acid and purify the vinegar.

Distilled vinegar is not guaranteed to be yeast-free, but has little (if any) yeast protein in it, depending on how carefully the distillation process has been conducted.

Vinegar and Avoiding Yeast

If you are on a yeast-free diet, it is generally advised that you avoid yeast.

To some extent this depends on the reason for your yeast-free diet. If you have a yeast allergy, any type of vinegar, with the possible exception of distilled vinegar, is likely to be a problem.

Some home remedies for a yeast infection include apple cider vinegar.

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1 Sally May 15, 2019 at 18:07

I have a YEAST, excess sugar, wheat and corn allergies or should I say the truth it’s not an “allergy,” but my body is allergic to foods that have pesticides and junk on them, no longer tolerates. This includes basalmic vinegar which I used to marinate my meat and fish in and after wards noticed bad break out of cold sores on my lips and or gas/bloating. I used to love eating pickles and sauerkraut and that too has fermination my body fuels as sugar for Candida albicans I have in my gut. I have that nasty yeast overgrowth in my gut, vagina, ear’s and nasal cavity. How do I know this? BECAUSE I have itchy ear’s, itchy palms, dry white flaky itchy feet and extreme exhaustion. I Heard the apple cider vinegar was good for killing “Candida albicans.” But, I believe it’s ALL nonsense consumerism to buy raw apple cider vinegar or probiotics did NOTHING for me, what did work were digestive enzymes, raw organic foods cheese goat kefir included. Those and anti parasite herbs along with daily fiber intake HELPED me flush out those bad guys bacteria trying to kill my immune system and LIFE. I again tested “Apple cider vinegar,” to see if my body really could tolerate it or Not? Last week I added some raw ACV to my gluten free teff and buckwheat flour mix along with a little baking soda and sea salt [ was trying to make gluten free Ethopian flat tortillas] to my amazement the flat vegan tortillas came out perfect. However, after I ate just one with a little raw honey and coconut sugar. My throat became coarse like flu type symptoms of mucous production and clear nasal drip along with a nice huge cold sore blister flare up on my upper and inner mouth lips. Horribly confirmed. I’m totally allergic to ALL types of vinegars and yeast in ALL form of drinks, sauces, foods, additives, ANYTHING. So, No! Maybe you can put ACV up your tutu to kill a YEAST infection, but NOT drink orally. It fuels that Candida to keep on growing and munching away.


2 Joe O'Rourke December 29, 2017 at 14:04

Some vinegar can have carry over yeast cells, Unfiltered vinegar such as raw cider vinegar should be avoided. However, wine vinegar and spirit vinegar as used in ketchup is filtered after fermentation to remove not only the large yeast cells but also the much smaller acetobacter cells. Bearing in mind the small amounts of vinegar consumed it is hard to see an allergy risk in filtered vinegar.


3 Rachel June 6, 2016 at 03:53

I had balsamic vinegar dressing and get joint pain, headaches and IBS. NEVER again will I have vinegar. I can have Ranch Dressing though. Can’t eat bread either, or donuts, pastry etc.

Another interesting symptom, is very hungry the next day. I don’t drink alcohol , so I don’t know the reaction I’d get from it. My parents didn’t allow it in the house.


4 Sandro March 16, 2017 at 14:00

I got this book on allergies and safe foods for an elimination diet this mentioned for people with sensitivities.. safe foods: were rice, white is more gentle than brown, lentils this is a legume like peanuts, (If lentils bother you split peas seem gentle too for me, although split peas were not on the list. legume and rice make complete protein I believe,)also squash all types, sweet potatoes (I eat lots of these), pears, cranberries, beets, parsnips, lettuce, millet, tapioca.
Another list in this book was for starter foods for babies which Says “low allerginicity”: rice, qiuinoa, amaranth, tapioca, millet, yams, sweet potatoes, squash (all types) parsnips, carrots, green beans, beets, broccoli, kale, potato, cabbage.pears, blueberries, peaches, banana, apricots. Take it easy on fruit if you have a candida overgrowth. In this baby starter foods there are no protein foods except quinoa, maybe amaranth. Just soak them overnight before cooking or for few hours to take off saponins. These starter foods Maybe a tiny bit harder to digest than safe foods but still safer than most foods.
I learned to make bread and cookies with ingredients I could tolerate. They turn out delicious too. The main thing you need for cookies is a soft fruit or mashed fruit and a starch or flour. For example mashed bananas with oatmeal, few teaspoons of baking powder, few tablespoons of oil and other ingredients, nuts, peanut butter, dry fruit, chocolate chips whatever. Bake 350 for about 20 minutes or until the firmness you desire. I even bake mine longer. You could also make savory bread or cookies. So what if it doesn’t get fluffy. Taste great. Just experiment with different things like mashed up potatoes or sweet potatoes, maybe type of flour there are so many brown or white rice, sorghum, nut flours, bean flour, some oil, salt, and just about anything you want, onions, veggies, poppy seeds, get creative. But the cookies I mentioned will taste good with peanut butter and honey on top. Also, take probiotics to boost you immune system. If you are ok with peanut butter you might try non gmo soy.p (also a legume) Has complete protein. Enjoy the cookies.


5 kris brahmer June 26, 2015 at 12:54

I have a bladder condition that does not allow me to eat alot of food vinegar is one of them . I am wondering if gluten and yeast is a problem now as I think I am reacting to bread. I cant find one with out vinegar in it. I know this is an old post.

I know it may not help me but I am in a huge flare . alot of pain I cant find alot to eat. I also cant have citrus, acid , tomatoes, condiments, anything out of a box, anything with ingredients I can not pronounce. mostly I am at a loss for if I cant find a bread to eat. As I like to have peanut butter and honey sandwitches. Which I just found out after feeling good for a whole day! what a day . and then having half of a sandwitch I went into a huge flare of pain.

since peanut butter and honey are on my good list I have to blame bread. and vinegar is on my bad list. I follow the interstitial cystitis diet plan food list for bladder freindly foods , It is a guideline. I am supposed to try to find my own list I am going down to about eggs and pears and my weight is very low and I am in alot of pain.

I need to add food , My doctors are at a loss and I am not one to fill my self up with norco . although I have it for my back pain I tend to lay on a heating pad mostly or put it between my legs for pain there in flare unless I have to go out and do something. I am disabled. And now I am about dead.

again suggestions would be appreciated if you get this . I know it is 2015 and your post was from 2011 LOL doesnt hurt and thanks for your time


6 Allergy Guy January 17, 2016 at 00:57

I don’t know how gluten or yeast would effect your condition.
You may be able to find sour dough gluten free bread you could try.
Also, peanut butter and honey on rice cakes should be OK.
Hope that helps.


7 Steph January 17, 2016 at 01:08

This may be of no help, but my mom had chronic bladder infections until I discovered it was caused by a drug she was taking. Once she got off the presc drug she no longer had the infections.


8 Rachel June 6, 2016 at 04:05

A friend gets UTIs from vinegar. She was in bed for four days, with headaches also. I noticed joint pain, headaches, fibro like pains, a scratchy stomach and feeling like biting in the colon.

I hope you’re feeling better. I had some problems with some doctors promoting vinegar as a health food, ugh! I get acid reflux later at night, about 5 hours later. Sometimes edema , is common with vinegar intolerance, and it can make arthritis worse. IBS is a big problem, a hot feeling in the digestive system also.


9 Szaki July 7, 2016 at 04:09


There’s number of breads or baked goods that are gluten free, rice bread, potato bread, flex seed bread etc….
Avoid any wheat base product, if you are sensitive to wheat!
You have to test it out, what cause your problems.
I get reaction to white vinegar some times, but not to apple cider.


10 KATI November 19, 2011 at 15:49

i have allergy to acid, vinegar, lemon orange and i don’t know what to eat. I have stomach pain, bloating gas acid in my mout after i eat bread join pain and feel down and i don’t know what to do


11 Allergy Guy November 19, 2011 at 23:20

You have a list of things you can’t eat, and that’s a start.

The important next step is to just start listing every food you can think of. Use cookbooks, websites and the grocery store, especially the fresh fruit and vegetable section, meats and fish.

Once you have a good long list, cross off everything you can’t eat.

I’m sure you’ll be left with a good long list of things you can eat!

Hope that helps. Oh, and it’s hard starting out but it gets easier.


12 Steve July 31, 2014 at 15:50

Yes, my elimination diet starts out with the foods I am most certain I do not have an allergy to -fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat. I’ve also over time trained myself to be more alert to symptom onset so I’m better able to identify possible allergens. It helps to limit meals therefore to simple foodstuffs such as a piece of fruit, a serving of a single vegetable, and some meat. That way it becomes easier to identify suspected allergens when symptoms occur. If after a meal I notice symptoms, I write down the short list of what I just ate in my last meal in my list of possible allergens. As I plan subsequent meals I include no more than 1 possible allergen in a given meal and am thus able to likely conclude if the questionable foodstuff is indeed an allergen. From what I’ve read it is highly unlikely one will have a severe allergy to more than 2 foodstuffs. The trick is to be more alert to symptoms more precisely when they first occur so you can start to build your list of suspected foods. Until you are symptom free be very cautious about what you eat so you can reset and start a new food challenge.

Another thing I’ve done is when I can clearly identify multiple foodstuffs I reacted strongly to (can of almonds, bread) I review the list of ingredients from each to identify common ingredients which then go on my list of possible allergens to subsequently be tested individually.


13 London Allergy Therapist November 11, 2009 at 09:02

Vinegar allergies

Good introduction to the issues of vinegar and yeast allergies. Many clients of mine that react to the yeast in bread and alcohol do not react to vinegars (at small doses in foods), and there are others that react to some vinegars and yet not to others. There are also those that react to all vinegars.

In any case, I think that there will be a lot more promotion of vinegar as a health food, as it has got a fair bit of attention for its positive effects on blood sugar level control. This recent studies all used 20g vinegar, a significant amount – if this advice is rolled out, we are likely to see more people noticing problem reactions.

Vinegar has anti-glycaemic effect – Johnston CS, Gaas CA (2006). Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect.

Regards, Marek


14 Alison October 20, 2015 at 13:27

My bottle of Heinz distilled whit vinegar says that it is made from corn.


15 Kasia December 24, 2017 at 15:57

Marku, you mentioned you are allergy Therapist, I am struggling unbelievably here…. is cooked vinegar has got the same values in the connection to yeast allergy…. I am allergic to gluten, yeast, eggs, milk, lamb,and secondary corn,wheat,agave,salmon,trout,grape,beef and duck…. living disaster


16 A.RUDNICKI February 15, 2018 at 21:56

Dear Kasia, am 55 and also have allergies. My advice–take calcium 1000mg for 2 months, then cut down to 500mg a day regularly.
Take vit d3 10 ug for 2 months and cut down to 5ug daily after. Take iodine 300mg daily — v. Important !! Drink herbal teas and plenty of water. Relax and believe that jesus can heal you !! He will also give you wisdom about your own body. Angela


17 Dana April 30, 2018 at 09:34

Hi Kasia, just read your post and can relate. I too am allergic to eggs gluten, dairy, yeast and several grains and herbs. What do you eat for breakfast? I used to eat oatmeal but just tested positive for that as well…so frustrating! I was looking at grits or tapioca. So you avoid all sugar and vinegar due to your yeast allergy?


18 Alexis Gallardo October 29, 2009 at 14:15

White Distilled Vinegar

Spirit or white distilled vinegar is made by the acetic fermentation of dilute distilled alcohol. Not from the distillation of vinegar.

It is possible to get acetic acid from the distillation of vinegar, but this is not vinegar.

Either way, yeasts do not go into the vapor phase during distillation. So there are no yeast in White Distilled Vinegar. By the way, it is called Distilled Vinegar, because it comes from Distilled Alcohol.


19 Steve July 31, 2014 at 15:34

Very helpful, thx


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