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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
Maca Illegal starchy and mucilaginous
Macadamia nuts Legal  
Macadamia oil Legal Makes the best tasting mayo - Deborah.  Withstands heat well
Magnesium citrate Legal (As a supplement ingredient)
Magnesium Stearate Legal (As a supplement ingredient)
Malic acid Legal As a food additive, there are no side effects reported for malic acid. However, taking malic acid as a supplement may provoke the following reactions: tightness in the chest, hives, skin rash, problems breathing and swelling.
Maltitol Illegal Sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol are all sugar alcohols and are not SCD™ legal. They fall under the category of indigestible carbs and sugars, and so allow companies to label things 'sugar free', even though they are providing nutrition to the bacteria that live in your digestive tract.
Maltodextrin Illegal Maltodextrin is the worst of the small molecules of sugars. It is a very short chain of glucose molecules (derived from starch). The chances of digestion are practically nil. It therefore will feed bacteria and because of its particular structure, Elaine feels it is worse than even lactose.
Manchego Cheese Legal  
Mangoes Legal  
Mannitol Illegal Sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol are all sugar alcohols and are not SCD™ legal. They fall under the category of indigestible carbs and sugars, and so allow companies to label things 'sugar free', even though they are providing nutrition to the bacteria that live in your digestive tract.
Maple syrup Illegal Maple syrup is a disaccharide.
Margarine Illegal  
Marshmallow 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.
Mastic gum Illegal  
Mead Legal If homemade and ingredients are honey and yeast, commercial is likely to have sugar added and is illegal
Meats Legal All fesh or frozen meats with no additives or processing are legal including beef, lamb, pork, liver, kidney, oxtail and tongue
Meats (canned) Illegal  
Meats (processed) Illegal Most have additives such as starch, lactose and sugar e.g. hot dogs, turkey loaf, spiced ham, bologna, smoked meats.
Melatonin See note See Melatonin
Melon Legal All types are Legal
Milk Illegal Fluid milk of any kind is not permitted.
Milk thistle See note See Milk thistle
Millet Illegal  
Mint Legal Curly mint, peppermint, and spearmintmint are SCD legal
Miso Illegal  
Molasses Illegal  
Molo-cure Illegal The main constituent of Molo-cure is aloe. Aloe is not SCD™ compliant as it contains mucilaginous polysaccharides as well as increasing the release of tumor necrosis factor which is associated with IBD inflammation and increased immune stimulation.
MonaVie See note See MonaVie
Monterey Jack cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
Mozzarella cheese Illegal  
MSG Illegal Regardless of whether it is SCD™ legal or not, we should all try to avoid it. MSG can be a potent neurotoxin.
Mucilaginous Herbs Illegal Slimy, mucilaginous substances are often prescribed as some think the "coating" properties are helpful to the intestines. They aren't. We who have compromised guts cannot digest this stuff but our bugs can have quite a party on it.
Mucilaginous Polysaccharides Illegal Slimy, mucilaginous substances are often prescribed as some think the "coating" properties are helpful to the intestines. They aren't. We who have compromised guts cannot digest this stuff but our bugs can have quite a party on it.
Muenster cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
Mungbeans Illegal  
Mushrooms Legal  
Mustard (plain) Legal Mustard is legal as long as it doesn't contain illegal ingredients; read the labels carefully.

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