Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), developed by Dr.
Haas for Elaine Gottschall's
daughter, has been used successfully by many people to treat the
following: Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease,
Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Diarrhea, and candidiasis. The premise
of the diet is that damaged intestinal walls and bacterial overgrowth
are a part of a vicious cycle that wreaks havoc with the body's
health and immunity. The diet restricts the type of carbohydrates
that feed these bacteria, thereby restoring the body's inner ecology.
We recommend that you read Elaine Gottschall's book, Breaking
the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health through Diet, for more
in depth coverage, tips, and recipes about successfully using SCD
to treat illnesses.
combats bacterial and yeast overgrowth by restricting the energy
they require to live while keeping the host(us) well fed. This requires
eating foods with little or no carbohydrates, or eating foods that
contain monosaccharides which are quickly absorbed by the body.
A list of allowed and disallowed foods follows. If you are unsure
about a particular food, DO NOT EAT IT. Strict adherence is necessary
to obtain relief from symptoms.
Do not eat sugar, molasses, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose,
or any processed sugar.
All canned vegetables are not permitted.
All grains are not permitted, such as: corn, wheat, wheat germ,
barley, oats, rye, rice, buckwheat, soy, spelt, amaranth, and others.
Some legumes are not allowed: chick peas, bean sprouts, soybeans,
mungbeans, faba beans, and garbanzo beans. Starchy foods are not
permitted, such as: potatoes, yams, and parsnips. Seaweed and seaweed
byproducts, such as agar and carrageenan, are not allowed.
All canned meats are forbidden. Most processed meats are not permitted.
Make sure processed meat doesn't contain any harmful additive such
as corn, corn products, starch, and sugars.
All variations of milk are not allowed: whole, skim, 1%, 2%, chocolate,
etc. Some cheeses contain a high lactose content and are restricted:
ricotta, mozzarella, cottage cheese, cream cheese, feta, and processed
cheeses and cheese spreads. Commercial yogurt contains a high amount
of lactose and is not allowed. Heavy cream, buttermilk, and sour
cream are not allowed.
Other foods that are not permitted include: bread, pasta, other
starchy foods, canola oil, commercial mayonnaise (because of additives),
ice cream, candy, chocolate, carob, whey powder, margarine, commercial
ketchup, stevia, baking powder, commercial nut mixes, balsamic vinegar,
and FOS (fructooligosaccharides) products.
Foods- Quantities are not restricted if you eat a balanced diet
Honey is the only allowed sugar product. Not everyone can tolerate
it, so use with caution.
Most vegetables, fresh or frozen and raw or cooked, are allowed
including: asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, beets,
Brussells sprouts, cabbage, carrots celery, cucumbers, eggplant,
zucchini, summer squash, rhubarb, peppers, garlic, lettuce, spinach,
mushrooms (unless you have candidiasis), onions, turnips, and watercress.
Be careful of raw vegetables when diarrhea is present.
Dried navy beans, lentils, peas, split peas, unroasted cashews,
peanuts in a shell, all natural peanut butter, lima beans, and string
All unprocessed meats such as: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, quail,
ostrich, fish, shellfish, lamb, venison, rabbit, and eggs. Some
processed meats are allowed, but many require writing letters to
manufacturers to verify the absence of restricted foods. Many processed
meats contain sugar, starch, corn products, and other disallowed
All natural cheeses except those listed above are allowed: cheddar,
colby, swiss, havarti, dry curd cottage cheese, etc.. Homemade yogurt
that has been fermented for a minimum of 24 hours is allowed and
Most fruits are allowed such as: avocadoes, apples, tomatoes, olives,
apricots, ripened bananas, coconuts, dates, berries, cherries, citrus
fruits, peaches, pears, tropical fruits, and grapes. Nuts Almonds,
Brazil nuts, walnuts, chestnuts, filberts, and pecans.
The following foods are allowed: olive oil, coconut oil, soybean
oil, corn oil, weak tea, weak coffee, unflavored gelatin, mustard,
vinegar, saccharin, and juices with no additives.
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