What is a Specific Carbohyrdate Diet (SCD)?

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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was developed for people with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea. This is a very strict diet where absolutely no complex carbohydrates are allowed, as they are hard to be absorbed by the intestinal wall.

Below is a list of foods to avoid:

  • abasco
  • agave
  • apple juice
  • baking powder
  • balsamic  vinegar
  • bean sprouts
  • beer
  • bologna
  • bouillon
  • brandy
  • buttermilk
  • canned fruit & veggies (including tomato paste)
  • cereals
  • chick peas
  • chocolate, cocoa
  • corn, corn syrup
  • cottage cheese
  • cream
  • cream cheese
  • cream of tarter
  • dried milk
  • feta
  • flax seed
  • flours (all – including gluten free flours like; amaranth, buckwheat, rice and bean flours)
  • frozen orange juice
  • goat cheese
  • gums (all – including guar gum and xanthan gum)
  • hot dogs
  • ice cream
  • instant coffee
  • ketchup
  • maple syrup
  • margarine
  • milk
  • molasses
  • mozza cheese (cheddar, monteray jack and swiss cheese OK)
  • oats
  • parsnips
  • pasta
  • pineapple juice
  • potatoes
  • processed meat
  • quinoa
  • rice
  • ricotta
  • sesame seeds
  • sour cream
  • soy, soy milk, tofu
  • soya sauce
  • starches (all – including tapioca)
  • sweet potatoes
  • tamari
  • tobacco sauce
  • turnips
  • water chestnuts
  • white kidney beans
  • wine (vodka OK)
  • yams
  • yeast
  • yogurt

Here is a PDF of the complete list of acceptable foods, and those to avoid from the Breaking The Cycle website:
[button link=”” style=”download” color=”silver” window=”yes”]SCD Food List (.pdf)[/button][button link=”” style=”download” color=”silver” window=”yes”]SCD Food List (.zip)[/button]

See also
What is a Vegan Diet?

*For a more thorough list of foods to avoid and more reference information, see those websites dedicated to a Specific Carbohydrate Diet lifestyle.

Please note: Some recipes we categorize as SCD may have non-SCD ingredients that are easily substituted for SCD-allowed ingredients and we assume you will make the correct substitutions (eg. butter instead of margarine). We have tried to be as thorough and complete as we can in identifying SCD-friendly ingredients in our recipes, however our list is by no means exhaustive, and some ingredients may have been overlooked. If you notice a problem please use the “Report A Problem” link on the page you notice it on and tell us about it.  

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