The Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Frequently Asked Questions
Sucrose does occur naturally in some of our foods, but that is not the same thing as eating, for example, table sugar. Likewise, there are polysaccharides (starches) on the SCD that have been shown to be tolerated by folks like us with these types of problems - nuts, for example, or squash. XXXX *does* have sucrose intolerance - as I said, just like the rest of us (I always get a kick out of it when someone writes to the list saying they have "lactose intolerance." As Elaine says, that's just the tip of the iceberg.) - but all sucrose is not the same, just as all polysaccharides are not the same.
A lot of our legal foods contain di- and poly- saccharides. Squash and nuts, for example, contain starches. But there are some things which have been shown to be tolerated; and other things which are sometimes legal and sometimes not. Pectin, for example, which is present in foods like apples but not okay to consume in concentrated forms.
I understand your confusion, but if you try to analyze everything you will only make yourself crazy. The SCD, as someone once put it, is "evidence-based." It's been shown to work as it is. If you find you have trouble with a legal food, you may just have an individual sensitivity or you're just not ready for it. That's not at all uncommon.
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