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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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Legal / Illegal
Cabbage Legal 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.
Camembert cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
Cane Sugar Illegal  
Canellini beans Illegal  
Canned fish Legal Canned in oil or water is acceptable but check the labels carefully. Do not buy products containing "broth". Usually, the low sodium varieties do not contain "broth".
Canned fruits See note Fruits canned in their own juice are allowed.
Canned vegetables Illegal There are no canned vegetables permitted, they must either be fresh or frozen.
Canola oil Legal Legal, but not recommended.
Cantaloupe Legal  
Capers Legal  
Carob Illegal  
Carrageenan Illegal Carrageenan is seaweed and high in polysaccharides, therefore illegal.
Carrots Legal  
Casaba melon Legal  
Cashews Legal Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Cassava flour Illegal  
Cat's Claw See note See Cat's Claw
Cauliflower Legal Cauliflower is sometimes hard to digest and should be tried cautiously after some progress has been made on the diet.
Celeriac /celery root Legal However, you should go slow and be careful. It is very fibrous, even if it doesn't seem so when you steam it and mash it.
Celery Legal  
Cellulose (in supplements) Legal Cellulose in your supplements is okay and virtually impossible to avoid.
Cellulose Gum Illegal  
Cereals Illegal However for a hot cereal see SCDrecipe Hot cereal
Chamomile See note See Chamomile
Chard Legal

Chard (red, green, rainbow and swiss). Chard is similar to spinach/celery so it is legal. It also reminds me a bit of the cabbage family so use with caution if gas is still a problem
- Elaine

Chayote Legal  
Cheddar cheese Legal May be used freely.
Cheese See Note If a cheese is not a processed cheese (manufactured) but is a cheese that has had a bacterial culture involved with its production and is aged at least 30 days. Elaine says its OK.
Cherimoya Legal Also known as custard apple or sharifa.
Cherries Legal  
Chestnut flour Illegal  
Chestnuts Legal May be tried when symptom free. However, if you buy dried chestnuts, soak them and cook them until soft.
Chevre Illegal Chevre is illegal, but you can make a close approximation by dripping goat milk yogurt. Directions can be found at
Chewing gum Illegal Contains things like aspartame, maple or date sugar and other sugar substitutes which are illegal.
Chia seeds Illegal Like flax seeds, they are mucilaginous (polysaccharide complex) and will feed harmful microbes.
Chickory root Illegal Chickory root is not legal. In my first book, I suggested that it might be used instead of coffee beans. I have since learned that it contains large amounts of fructooligosaccharides.
- Elaine
Chick peas Illegal  
Chlorella Illegal It is a blue-green algae similar to spirulina
Chocolate Illegal Dr. Haas advised not to use cocoa or chocolate and this still goes, it isn't just the sugar he was worried about.
Cilantro Legal  
Cinnamon Legal  
Citric Acid Legal Citric acid as an additive is OK
Club soda Legal  
Cocao butter Legal Unprocessed cocoa butter is legal.
Cocoa powder Illegal Dr. Haas advised not to use cocoa or chocolate and this still goes, it isn't just the sugar he was worried about.
Coconut Legal Fresh or unsweetened, shredded coconut and coconut flour are all legal.
Coconut Aminos Illegal We cannot be sure all the sugar has been broken down by the manufacturing process. The sap is mostly sucrose, which is illegal. Inulin in the product stays in the product and it is illegal.
Coconut Butter Legal
Coconut Flour Legal but very fibrous
Coconut milk Legal May be tried after being on the diet for 6 months.
Coconut oil Legal Withstands heat well, good for frying/cooking,
Coconut Nectar Illegal after processing it is mostly sucrose
Coconut Palm Sugar Illegal The major component of coconut sugar is sucrose
Coconut Sap Illegal after processing it is mostly sucrose
Coconut Sugar Illegal after processing it is mostly sucrose
Coconut Water Illegal made from immature coconuts which are full of polysaccharides and similar to green bananas. Mature coconut water is high is sucrose. Both are illegal.
Coffee Legal Coffee should be made very weak. Instant coffee is not allowed.
Coffee (instant) Illegal  
Collard greens Legal Of the cabbage family, introduce late in the diet
Colby cheese Legal May be used freely.
Cordials Illegal  
Corn Illegal  
Corn oil Legal  
Corn syrup Illegal  
Cornstarch Illegal  
Courgette Legal Also known as zucchini
Cranberry juice Legal We use Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice, as it has been checked out and does not have sugar added. It can be found in most health food stores. Juice should be diluted with water before drinking. Since this is pure cranberry juice it is very tart, you may sweeten it with saccharine or honey or dilute it with legal apple cider instead of water.
Cream Illegal It is illegal as it contains lactose. Cream can be added to milk and then fermented to make SCD™24hr yoghurt as the lactsose will be used up in the fermentation. Cream has less lactose than milk and the more fat it contains the less lactose it has.
Cottage cheese Illegal  
Cream of Tartar Illegal  
Cream cheese Illegal  
Creamed Coconut Legal it's the unsweetened dehydrated fresh meat
Croscomellose sodium Illegal  
Cucumbers Legal  
Custard apple Legal Also known as sharifa or cherimoya
Cyclamate Legal It is actually a better alternative than saccharine, if you can get it, because it has no aftertaste. But it's almost impossible to find by itself, and certainly not available in NA.

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