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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
Bacon Legal Smoked bacon that has been fried very crisply is allowed once per week. There are sugar-free bacons available and if you are able to find a source of sugar-free bacon, you do not have to limit your consumption to once per week. Usually the low sodium varieties do not contain sugar but check the labels carefully.
Baker's yeast Illegal Saccharamyces cerevisae is baker's yeast and is illegal.
Baking powder Illegal Has starch as an ingredient, (usually corn starch) and other illegals to make it rise better.
Baking soda Legal  
Balsamic vinegar Illegal It's not that balsamic vinegar is illegal, it's that what you can get in the store isn't really balsamic vinegar and most have sugar added to them so Elaine doesn't allow it. You can make your own legal substitute though see scdrecipe
Bamboo shoots Illegal  
Bananas Legal They must be ripe with black spots on the skin.
Bark tea Illegal Bark tea (Pau d'Arco) contains steroidal saponins and is both an immune booster and a laxative.
Barley Illegal  
Basil Legal  
Bay Leaf Legal  
Bean flour See Note Do not use ready made flours made from beans or lentils as they probably weren't soaked prior to grinding to bean flour -
Bean sprouts Illegal  
Bee Pollen Illegal Pollen is irritating to a damaged gut. Clear, pure, pasteurized honey is okay. Cloudy honey (still containing the pollen) should be avoided. - Sheila
Beef Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
Beer Illegal  
Beet Sugar Illegal  
Beets Legal  
Berries Legal Berries of all kinds are legal.
Bhindi Illegal No okra (bhindi) or drumsticks, since they are a mucilaginous food, they are illegal.
Bitter Gourd Illegal  
Black beans Legal May be tried when symptom free. This is a very advanced food and caution is advised.. Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.'
Black eye beans Illegal  
Black radish Legal It is very fibrous, so go slowly and be careful.
Blue cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
Bok Choy Legal Bok Choy is much like cabbage and is legal but you should not use a member of the cabbage family until you are well on your way to getting better. In other words, do not use if you still have diarrhea and gas.
Bologna Illegal  
Bouillon cubes Illegal Bouillon cubes and instant soup bases are not permitted.
Bourbon Legal Only have it occasionally.
Brandy Illegal  
Brazil nuts Legal Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Brick cheese Legal May be used freely.
Brie cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
Broccoli Legal  
Brussell sprouts Legal  
Buckwheat Illegal  
Bulgur Illegal  
Burdock root Illegal It contains inulin (FOS) and mucilage.
Butter Legal  
Butter beans Illegal  
Buttermilk Illegal  

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