SCD food list

After introducing our new diet to you I decided today to post a food list to the "legal" foods. Here is a summery of foods provided by the website.


To restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in your digestive system, Gottschall developed a yogurt recipe that calls for 24-hour fermentation to allow bacteria to break down the lactose in milk into digestible simple sugars. The SCD excludes milk, fresh cheeses and commercial yogurts, which are not properly fermented.


Honey, which consists of single-molecule sugars that are easily digested and absorbed, is one of the few natural sweeteners you can consume on the SCD. In an article published in the March 27, 2007 issue of "Medscape General Medicine," Dr. Shinil Shah notes that although many people with IBD have reported an improvement in symptoms after following the SCD, clinical research has not confirmed the diet's benefits, and the effects of sugars on nutrient absorption in IBD are not well understood.


The gases and acids that bacteria produce while digesting complex carbohydrates provoke intestinal inflammation and pain, according to Gottschall. Eggs and other non-dairy, protein-based foods do not contain the complex carbohydrates that encourage bacterial overgrowth in the gut, Gottschall notes.


The SCD's list of "legal" and "illegal" foods is long and comprehensive. Most forms of meat, poultry and fish are allowed as long as they have no added starches or sugars. You can include bacon and some other processed meats on occasion, depending on their sugar content.


Depending on their carbohydrate content, a variety of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables are safe to eat. Apples, oranges and other fruits high in fructose, a simple sugar, should not trigger symptoms, according to Gottschall. The SCD allows very ripe bananas, berries of all kinds, oranges, broccoli, carrots and many other options. Gottschall recommends that you avoid cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetables that cause gas until your symptoms are under control.


The SCD excludes most foods that contain starches, such as potatoes, corn, and other grains. According to Gottschall, people with IBD can usually digest the starches in legumes, as long as the beans are soaked for 10 to 12 hours before cooking.


You can eat most nuts, including brazil nuts, pecans and walnuts, as long as you avoid mixed nuts, which may have added starches. Gottschall advises that you consume nuts only in the form of nut flour, which you can use for baked recipes, until your diarrhea subsides.


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