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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.

List compiled by Kim Hesche

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Legal / Illegal
Tabasco sauce See note Only the original red Tabasco sauce, labeled
'McIlhenny Company Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce' is legal but as with all manufactured products check the ingredients. The other Tabasco styles all have sugars and gums added.
Tagatose Illegal  
Tamari Illegal It is made from soy
Tamarind Illegal See, Tamarind
Tangerines Legal  
Tapioca Illegal It is a starch, therefore illegal.
Tapioca Flour Illegal  
Tarragon Legal  
Taro Illegal It has much too much starch in it and is very similar to potatoes.
Tea Legal

Ordinary black tea is legal but should be made weak.
Instant tea,Ojibwa tea (Essiac), many herbal teas, teas made from bark etc are full of polysaccharides and are illegal. Peppermint and spearmint herb teas are legal, and you can make a tea from ginger which is also legal.

Teff Illegal  
Thyme Legal  
Tiger nuts Illegal  
Tofutti cheese Illegal  
Tofu Illegal It is made from soy
Tomatillos Legal  
Tomato juice (canned) Legal Should only have salt added. Also see Tomato Juice - canned
Tomato paste (canned) Illegal  
Tomato purée (canned) Illegal  
Tomato sauce (canned) Illegal  
Tomatoes Legal Canned tomatoes are illegal.
Triticale Illegal  
Turbinado Illegal It is liquid cane sugar, therefore it is illegal.


Illegal In the most recent printing of BTVC (Ninth Printing - May 2002), turnips were moved from the 'allowed' list to the 'not allowed' list.
Vanillin Legal But not in concentrated form see Vanillin
V8 Juice Illegal It has tomato paste listed as an ingredient. Elaine has listed tomato paste as being illegal. It is also made from concentrate and has added sugar.
Vegetables (canned) Illegal Canned vegetables are not permitted; they must either be fresh or frozen.
Vegetable stearate Legal I believe that stearate is always a fat (stearic acid) so vegetable stearate would be a fat from some vegetable like coconut, etc. -- Elaine
Vinegar Legal Red and white wine vinegar also white and cider vinegars are allowed but check the label for added illegals. Balsamic vinegar is not allowed as it has added sugar. However you can make your own legal balsamic vinegar substitute see scdrecipe
Vodka Legal Only have it occasionally.
Walnuts 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.
Walnut oil Legal Doesn't withstand heat very well
Wasabi Legal As long as it is in its natural state and hasn't had fillers added by a manufacturer 
Water chestnuts Legal But avoid if you are a beginner on the diet see Water chestnuts
Watercress Legal  
Watermelon Legal  
Wheat Illegal  
Wheat germ Illegal  
Wheat Grass See note Wheat Grass
Wild rice Illegal  
Wine Legal Very dry wine is legal. See, Wines for more information on dry wines.
XanGo See note See XanGo
Xanthum Gum Illegal  
Xylitol 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.
Yams Illegal  
Yoghurt (commercial) Illegal Eating commercial yoghurt is not permitted. Commercial yoghurt may be used as a starter for making homemade yogurt. For directions for making yoghurt
see, How to make yoghurt
Yoghurt (homemade) Legal See, yoghurt for instructions on how to make legal yoghurt.
Yucca Root Illegal  
Zucchini Legal  Also known as Courgette

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