“What is the difference between the anti-candida diet and GAPS?” We receive this question a lot.
1. First, one needs to identify which anti-candida diet they wish to compare GAPS with. (There are a number of ‘anti-candida’ diets out there. Some permit fruits; some do not. Some permit sweet starchy veggies like carrots and squashes; some do not. Some include grains and/or pseudograins; some do not. Some allow mushrooms; some do not. Some allow fermented foods; some do not.)
2. GAPS balances candida overgrowth and a number of other issues (parasites, adrenals, leaky gut). I would venture that some anti-candida protocols do, too. GAPS, though, sets out to balance all of these in a gentle, careful progression whereas anti-candida diets focus primarily on balancing out the candida (which, yes, would likely allow other healings to take place, too).
3. The first 3-8 weeks on GAPS is very similar to the strictest anti-candida protocol. It is basically meat, veggies, salt, pepper. No fruit. Very little (if any) honey.
4. Ultimately, GAPS allows fruit, honey and some sweet veggies (squash, carrots, etc). If a person is very concerned about candida-overgrowth and wants to balance it out as fast as possible, she could remove those items from her GAPS repertoire, cautiously adding them back in later. Indeed, some people did not find major progress until doing so. However, many people using these foods do find great recovery, with the bonus of a moderated die-off. Some of these folks may choose to eliminate these things later, when they have adjusted to GAPS, completed a few initial rounds of die-off, etc.
In short, GAPS is one of the many anti-candida protocols out there. I feel GAPS has specific advantages over the others, thus prefer it for myself and my son.by