On The Candida Plan, we don’t recommend eating sugars and simple carbohydrates as they can support fungal candida growth; promote inflammation, hormonal imbalances, aches and pains, and rapid aging. We also don’t recommend sugar substitutes as these can promote some of the same responses, many times through the increase of insulin in the body. Thisis known as the Cephalic Response and is a conditioned response based on past exposure to sugars and their effect in the body. This type of learned stimulus-response was first put forth by Nobel Prize winning researcher-physiologist-psychologist-physician, Ivan Pavlov.

An easy example of a conditioned response that many people can relate to is to think of eating a lemon. For most people this thought causes an increase in the production of saliva, based on our past experience with eating lemons. There are many, many other examples that each of us can create based on our past experiences in life.
As I analyze research on a daily basis, I once again came across more information that confirms why people shouldn’t eat sugar or sugar substitutes when doing the Candida Plan. The information below can also be found on Wikipedia.
“Although saccharin thus has no food energy, it can trigger the release of insulin in humans and rats, apparently as a result of its taste.[3] [4][5]
  1. ^ Just T, Pau HW, Engel U, Hummel T (November 10, 2008). “Cephalic phase insulin release in healthy humans after taste stimulation?”Appetite 238 (4): 622–7. PMID 18556090.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18556090.
  2. ^ E Ionescu, F Rohner-Jeanrenaud, J Proietto, RW Rivest and B Jeanrenaud (1988). “Taste-induced changes in plasma insulin and glucose turnover in lean and genetically obese rats”. Diabetes 37: 773–779.doi:10.2337/diabetes.37.6.773. PMID 3289998.
  3. ^ H. R. Berthoud, E. R. Trimble, E. G. Siegel, D. A. Bereiter and B. Jeanrenaud (April 1, 1980).“Cephalic-phase insulin secretion in normal and pancreatic islet-transplanted rats”American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism 238 (4): E336=E340. PMID 6769337.http://ajpendo.physiology.org/cgi/content/abstract/238/4/E336.
Other recent research has shown that artificial sugars may also affect the ability of immune cells to leave the blood stream and enter tissues where infections have set up. This would definitely impact the body’s ability to eliminate, control, and regulate systemic fungal candida. This recent article from January 2010 goes into more detail on this subject. More research in this area is needed to determine if this affect is created by all artificial sweeteners.
The best source of sugars comes from fruits in the whole food form. Along with these natural whole food sugars, we get minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fibers that help to support a healthy body for years to come.