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There are a number of reasons why homemade items are necessary for SCD™ instead of the "convenient" store-bought items.

  1. The 2% rule: There is a rule that allows some ingredients that constitute less than 2% of the total weight or volume unnecessary to report on the ingredient list. This can include sugar and other illegal ingredients, since these do not fall under the list of usual allergens.
  2. Store-bought products often pass through many sets of hands before they are put in the final package. For example, some juice concentrates can be made in one plant and then shipped to another plant where water is added and then they are bottled. The final producer can "honestly" say they did not add any illegals but what about the first producer of the concentrate. The original concentrate does not even have to be made in the same country as the final bottler.
  3. Commercial producers are not bound to report some of the ingredients listed in their foods. They can use processing aides, enzymes etc., that are used in the production of the food but are not technically an ingredient. When you make foods for your children you know "exactly" what you are putting into it.
  4. Buying foods such as cookies that are not listed on this site as suitable SCD™ products, can lead to trouble. Some producers may unintentionally use illegal ingredients. For example, a commercial producer uses honey that is not pure (i.e., cut with corn syrup) but includes honey on the ingredient list. The end result is that your child is unknowingly ingesting illegals.
  5. Some companies blatantly lie about the ingredients in their products.

    SCD leaders are not the only experts to recommend that only home made foods be consumed. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., a certified Neurosurgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, has written a well acclaimed book about the danger of hidden additives in foods. He suggests fighting against the food industry and their pollution of our food by avoiding anything prepackaged or prepared for us and cooking our own foods at home.

    In his book, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, he writes the following: "The first book I wrote, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" told of a group of food additives, such as MSG and aspartame, that in my opinion, and based on numerous scientific studies, pose a serious danger to our neurological health. One of the driving forces that compelled me to write the book was my anger at what the food-processing industry had done to, and continues to do to, all of us---but especially to our children. At the time I had two young children of my own. Fortunately, I discovered the serious danger imposed by such food additives in time to save my children from a life of misery. I felt I owed the same to other parents and their children. Christ told us to protect the children from evil. This was one form of that evil."

    Click here to view an article about manufactured juices

    Post by Rachel, the founder of the LI list.

    I really discourage the mention of prepackaged foods on the list (except the few mentioned in BTVC). I hope that you understand, but we've discovered companies to be less than honest about their ingredients, and sometimes (sometimes not) even innocently. For example, if this company were to use an apple based product purchased elsewhere, to lets say, thicken theirs, they could still claim that their product was only apples. However there is no way to know if the thickening agent or preservative, or taste enhancer, didn't include starch. And as you so aptly put it Carol, not everyone's experience is the same. For some, that tiny bit of non-SCD ingredient could make the difference between recovery and relapse.
    Love, Rachel
    PS: If you think me paranoid, rest assured that I wasn't born with it, and it took a lot of work to get this way ;-)

    Post written by Marilyn Alm.

    I live in hurricane country, so believe me, I understand the question of emergency preparedness.

    The standing rule of SCD is that no canned goods are permitted, unless you canned them yourself, without added illegals.

    However, Elaine allowed a few items after scrupulous research.

    Basic rules:

    1. No illegals on the label.

    2. Contact the company to determine if there are any hidden illegals -- and this can be harder than you think. For example, someone on the Pecanbread list asked about the Pacific brand vegetable broth. Susan B. answered pretty succinctly. "Not legal without a letter from the manufacturer. As per FDA regulations, sub-ingredients do not have to be listed. On the web site I visited, it mentions using two juice concentrates (which may have unlisted sub-ingredients), garlic and onion powders (both can have unlisted anti-caking agents) and tomato paste (some brands of tomato paste have unlisted sub-ingredients including gluten). I'll take a second to point out that vegetable stock is the easiest thing to make -- only takes about an hour or so. Simmer, strain, done! :)"

    3. You must get the information in writing, on the company letterhead. Basically, this is because you may get some know-nothing in the e-mail department or on the phone lines who will tell you whatever they think you want to hear in order to get you off the phone, and them on to the next victim, er, customer. (Example: I called to ask about a brand of chili powder which I had been using. They woman on the phone assured me that they used only the finest ingredients, blah, blah, blah, but when I asked her to send it to me in a physical letter, she refused, saying she was not allowed to. I asked why. Turns out the company changes their processing throughout the year, so what's in one batch may not be in another -- yet they use the same label year-round. These "processing aids" are not "ingredients" and do not have to be listed on the label.

    Be aware that what is put in one brand of a food in one part of the country (or the world!), even if the same brand) may not be the same as in another part. There is one brand of mustard (Maille?) which is legal in Toronto, but the same brand, the same label (almost) contains illegals in Atlanta.

    4. If you, personally, do not react to the canned food after you have verified it, then you may use it for your own purposes. BUT: if you do not see the levels of healing that you would like to see, then the first thing you should do is yank all commercially prepared foods. Failure to heal while using commercial goods does not mean SCD has failed -- but it may mean there is a flaw in your implementation of it.

    Marilyn Alm
    New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
    Author of a forthcoming SCD cookbook

    Post written by Carol

    Ten years on SCD has indelibly confirmed to me that undisclosed ingredients are the hidden peril in processed food and many restaurant foods. I've paid for any doubts with pain.

    Getting started on SCD often goes hand in hand with "product desire and defiance," which means, asking for and insisting on a desired food and that it be deemed legal. This is a violation of the gut-brain connection because we may rationalize while reading labels, but an injured gut doesn't need reading skills in order to react to what is destructive to it.

    Please heed the warnings about Manufactured Foods in the Getting Started section of Pecanbread. Your tummy will thank you for it.

    Here are a few articles to validate the basis for stringent SCD rules about store bought foods and even some fresh produce. There are many more articles and studies like these.

    1. Genetically modified foods are best avoided. A survey of the 35 largest food processors finds only two mentioning genetic engineering risks in their annual reports, and none analyzing these risks. GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health, and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit,

    2. "What's Wrong With Orange Juice?" Read brand new concerns about even the SCD legal pasteurized orange juice, Tropicana. Home squeezed O.J. appears to be the wiser choice:

    3. Written about Kosher Foods but filled with general information about food regulations and processed products:

    4. Hidden allergens:

    Carol Frilegh
    Celiac, SCD 10 years