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Recently, I’ve been increasing the amount of fibrous vegetables I eat, based on the recommendations I’ve seen here. I’ve also started eating oatmeal again. But I seem to notice Candida flare-ups when I eat too much starch. Should I limit my intake of oatmeal and other starchy foods, such as sweet potatoes? Also, I’ve seen that green banana and green plantain are good prebiotics. Would you recommend eating these foods? –Autumn Dr. Chutkan: Autumn, as a general rule, incorporating fibrous plant foods high in inulin and resistant starches – like bananas, green bananas, green peas, lentils, uncooked rolled oats, white beans, as well as squash and sweet potatoes – is a great way to increase the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut and in turn, crowd out pathogenic bacteria. While some individuals suffering from dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria, including Candida overgrowth) will thrive on a diet containing these foods, others may find that starchy foods lead…