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The following is a list of foods that are allowed (legal) and foods that are not allowed (illegal) while following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™, as outlined in the book,
Breaking the Vicious Cycle
by Elaine Gottschall. The SCD™ is a progressive diet and the introduction of many of these foods should be delayed until healing has taken place, please read the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" for further information.

Some general guidelines are, no grains (i.e. rice, wheat, corn, oats, etc.), no processed foods, no starchy vegetables (i.e. potatoes, yams, etc.), no canned vegetables of any kind, no flour, no sugar, no sweeteners other than honey and saccharin, and no milk products except for homemade yogurt fermented for 24 hours, prepared according to the instructions in the book.

This is the SCD Legal/Illegal List with the Most Foods and the Newest Information!

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Food
Legal / Illegal
Note
Acacia Illegal This soluble fiber is gum acacia. Gums are starches. Starches are not SCD legal.
Ašai See note See Ašai
Agar-agar Illegal  
Agave syrup Illegal  
Alfalfa Illegal Alfalfa is not legal. It contains starch.
Algae Illegal We do not use algae (Spirulina) because IBD involves the immune system and algae can aggravate an already disturbed immune system.
Allspice Legal As long as you're just using Allspice as a cooking spice, it's legal. Don't use the oil, see Allspice
Almond butter Legal Almond butter with no sugar added is allowed.
Almond milk Legal May be tried after being on the diet for 6 months. Almond milk is legal if you make your own. Commercial almond milk is not legal.
Almond oil Legal  
Almonds Legal Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating. Nuts should only be used as nut flour, in recipes, until diarrhea has subsided.
Aloe Vera Illegal It contains mucilaginous polysaccharides as well as increasing the release of tumor necrosis factor which is associated with IBD inflammation and increased immune stimulation.
Amaranth flour Illegal Amaranth is a grain substitute, contains starches and so is not allowed.
Anchovies Legal  
Annatto Legal It is OK to use while on SCD, but some people choose to purchase dairy products without it. It might provoke an allergic reaction in some people.
Apple Cider Legal It is brown and not clear as apple juice is. It should be just straight pressed apples. It is usually pasteurized in order to kill bacteria. Cider should be diluted with water before drinking.
Apple Cider Vinegar See Note Only legal WITHOUT "The Mother" in it, it must be filtered! "The Mother" looks like a "cob-web" like stringy structure with tentacles that either floats or settles at the bottom of the bottle. In general this is what turns alcohol into vinegar. Elaine did not want us consuming this as it can feed bad yeasts. The company Spectrum has a legal filtered one. IE. Braggs ACV is illegal as it contains "The Mother". It is possible to strain "The Mother" out yourself by using a very fine sieve.
Apple Juice Illegal Apple juice usually has sugar added during processing. Apple cider is allowed. It should be brown and not clear as apple juice is. Cider should be diluted with water before drinking.
Apples Legal  
Apricots Legal  
Arugula Legal  
Arrowroot Illegal It is a mucilaginous herb. Mucilaginous herbs are loaded with starch. This starch is food for the pathogens that the SCD™ is designed to starve out.
Artichokes (French) Legal They are the green artichokes that you steam, then dip the leaves in lemon butter and scrape off with your teeth. They have edible hearts and an inedible choke. See a picture here.
Artichokes (Jerusalem) Illegal They are actually a tuber, and are not legal. See a picture here.
Ascorbic acid Legal Should be nothing but Vitamin C.
Asiago cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
Asparagus Legal Fresh or frozen is allowed. Canned vegetables are not allowed.
Aspartame Legal When symptom free, one aspartame sweetened soft drink per week is allowed - Elaine. But see Aspartame
Aspartic acid Legal  
Astragalus Illegal contains polysaccharides
Avocadoes Legal  
Avocado oil Legal Good for mayonaise and salad dressings but might not withstand heat very well

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