Honey should be taken as un-processed as possible. Cold-expressed honey is the healthiest type for human consumption as others are often heated to quicken their extraction from the honeycomb, which of course damages the micro-elements of the honey.
Honey has many health giving properties; it is a natural antiseptic which can be applied to open wounds, eczema and other skin rashes, mouth ulcers and erosions. It is a source of numerous vitamins and amino acids and can contain many bio-active substances depending on the flowers it has been collected from. It used to be used as medicine for arthritis, anaemia, cancer, debility, digestive troubles, insomnia and headaches, as well as infections of the throat and chest.
If you tend to crave sweet things like honey and sugar, you might have and Candida overgrowth in your gut. Another sign of this is a craving for carbohydrates; click here for more information. So it is important that honey and all other sweet things (except fresh fruit) are avoided as part of an anti-candida diet. It can be re-introduced once the Candida has cleared.
When following the GAPS Diet, natural honey is allowed as it contains fructose and glucose which a GAPS digestive system can deal with. It should however be avoided at the beginning of the diet to discourage Candida growth.
GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free) Diet
Wheat and gluten (protein found in grains)- this includes barley, oats, rye,spelt. Gluten-free wheat products are also to be avoided if not organic.
Processed carbohydrates containing gluten (Children with Autism need to follow a more structured elimination of food types, read Gut and Psychology Syndrome for more information).
All starch and complex carbohydrates must be removed – carbohydrates especially starch and refined sugars feed pathogens in the gut as well as elsewhere in the body. Removing these foods restricts the activity of these pathogens. This means no grains or starchy vegetables. Even healthy people have trouble digesting starch, so it often goes undigested, providing food for bad bacteria, so that they may thrive and fill the gut with the toxins they produce; which then leak into the blood. The reason we crave these processed carbohydrates is that we have abnormal gut flora, which needs them to survive. Click here for a list of non-starchy vegetables which you can still eat whilst on this diet.
Only eat ripe fruit – fruit especially when unripe contains sucrose – a double sugar, which cannot be absorbed without the enterocytes splitting them up into monosugars; something they are unable to do when gut flora is abnormal. Instead it will become food for pathogenic bacteria.
Once the gut has been healed, it should be OK to go back to wheat and gluten in moderation. If you have MS dairy should be avoided as a general rule anyway.
Do not worry about cutting out fibre from carbohydrates; fruit and vegetables provide a much better source of fibre that is less harmful to an impaired digestive system.
It is also sensible to follow the anti-Candida diet and the GAPS diet to heal your gut and stop any further problems from developing in your digestive system; the GFCF diet alone will not fix everything on its own.
Yeasts like Candida love sugar, so all sources need to be removed from the diet: avoid dry fruit and honey (sugar too – I am assuming you already do this – sugar is a poison!), fresh fruit is fine in moderation (its sugars are simple sugars) but avoid anything containing fructose, maltose, lactose as well as honey, maple syrup and the like. Avoid breakfast cereals (This is something to avoid long-term if you have MS).
Also avoid fruit which not yet ripe as well as fruit (and veg) which is going bad
Candida overgrowth is known to cause allergies to other fungi and moulds. Avoid all fungi and fermented foods such as yeast (including breads and pastries made using yeast), soured milk products, cheese, fermented drinks (alcohol), vinegar, malt, mushrooms, tea, coffee, dried fruit and commercial fruit juice (which often contains moulds). Once you are candida free, you can eat two tsps of fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and drink a tbsp of aloe vera juice before every meal, to prepare the gut for the food on its way, as part of a gut healing diet.
It is important to avoid soya (once the gut has been repaired you can eat organic fermented soya in miso or natto again, other forms of soya have no health benefits at all)
Candida is never alone in the gut, so to do things properly, and really heal your gut; it is also necessary to follow the GFCG Diet (Gluten Free Casein Free).