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Legal/Illegal List     (432 items found)

Note: This list is meant to complement the information within Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Most of this information was originally compiled on the breakingtheviciouscycle.info website.
# Name Legal/Illegal Note
(1) ¶  Acorn Squash Legal
(2) ¶  Agar-agar Illegal wikipedia:agar-agar
(3) ¶  Agave syrup Illegal
(4) ¶  Algae Illegal We do not use algae (Spirulina) because IBD involves the immune system and algae can aggravate an already disturbed immune system.
(5) ¶  Allspice Legal As long as you're just using Allspice as a cooking spice, it's legal. Don't use the oil, see Allspice
(6) ¶  Almond butter Legal Almond butter with no sugar added is allowed.
(7) ¶  Almond milk Legal May be tried after being on the diet for 6 months.
(8) ¶  Almond oil Legal
(9) ¶  Almonds 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.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(10) ¶  Aloe Vera Illegal It contains mucilaginous polysaccharides as well as increasing the release of tumor necrosis factor which is associated with IBD inflammation and increased immune stimulation.
(11) ¶  Amaranth flour Illegal Amaranth is a grain substitute, contains starches and so is not allowed.
(12) ¶  Anchovies Legal
(13) ¶  Apple Cider Legal It is brown and not clear as apple juice is. It should be just straight pressed apples. It is usually pasteurized in order to kill bacteria. Cider should be diluted with water before drinking.
(14) ¶  Apple Juice Illegal Apple juice usually has sugar added during processing. Apple cider is allowed. It should be brown and not clear as apple juice is. Cider should be diluted with water before drinking.
(15) ¶  Apples Legal
(16) ¶  Apricots Legal
(17) ¶  Arrowroot 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.
(18) ¶  Artichokes (French) Legal They are the green artichokes that you steam, then dip the leaves in lemon butter and scrape off with your teeth. They have edible hearts and an inedible choke. See,
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/specialty/globe.html for a picture.
(19) ¶  Artichokes (Jerusalem) Illegal They are actually a tuber, and are not legal. See,
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/extension/specialty/jerusale.html for a picture.
(20) ¶  Ascorbic acid Legal Should be nothing but Vitamin C.
(21) ¶  Asiago cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(22) ¶  Asparagus Legal Fresh or frozen is allowed. Canned vegetables are not allowed.
(23) ¶  Aspartame Legal When symptom free, one aspartame sweetened soft drink per week is allowed - Elaine. But see Aspartame
(24) ¶  Aspartic acid Legal
(25) ¶  Astragalus Illegal contains polysaccharides
(26) ¶  Avocado oil Legal Good for mayonaise and salad dressings but might not withstand heat very well
(27) ¶  Avocadoes Legal
(28) ¶  Bacon Legal Smoked bacon that has been fried very crisply is allowed once per week. There are sugar-free bacons available and if you are able to find a source of sugar-free bacon, you do not have to limit your consumption to once per week. Usually the low sodium varieties do not contain sugar but check the labels carefully.
(29) ¶  Baker's yeast Illegal Saccharamyces cerevisae is baker's yeast and is illegal.
(30) ¶  Baking powder Illegal Has starch as an ingredient, (usually corn starch) and other illegals to make it rise better.
(31) ¶  Baking soda Legal
(32) ¶  Balsamic vinegar Illegal It's not that balsamic vinegar is illegal, it's that what you can get in the store isn't really balsamic vinegar and most have sugar added to them so Elaine doesn't allow it. You can make your own legal substitute though see scdrecipe
(33) ¶  Bananas Legal They must be ripe with black spots on the skin.
(34) ¶  Bark tea Illegal Bark tea (Pau d'Arco) contains steroidal saponins and is both an immune booster and a laxative.
(35) ¶  Barley Illegal
(36) ¶  Basil Legal
(37) ¶  Bay Leaf Legal
(38) ¶  Bean flour See Note Do not use ready made flours made from beans or lentils as they probably weren't soaked prior to grinding to bean flour -
(39) ¶  Bean sprouts Illegal
(40) ¶  Bee Pollen Illegal Pollen is irritating to a damaged gut. Clear, pure, pasteurized honey is okay. Cloudy honey (still containing the pollen) should be avoided. - Sheila
(41) ¶  Beef Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
(42) ¶  Beer Illegal
(43) ¶  Beets Legal
(44) ¶  Berries Legal Berries of all kinds are legal.
(45) ¶  Bhindi Illegal No okra (bhindi) or drumsticks, since they are a mucilaginous food, they are illegal.
(46) ¶  Bitter Gourd Illegal
(47) ¶  Black beans Legal May be tried when symptom free. Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the
book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.'
(48) ¶  Black eye beans Illegal
(49) ¶  Black radish Legal It is very fibrous, so go slowly and be careful.
(50) ¶  Blue cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(51) ¶  Bok Choy Legal Bok Choy is much like cabbage and is legal but 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.
(52) ¶  Bologna Illegal
(53) ¶  Bouillon cubes Illegal Bouillon cubes and instant soup bases are not permitted.
(54) ¶  Bourbon Legal Only have it occasionally.
(55) ¶  Brandy Illegal
(56) ¶  Brazil nuts Legal Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(57) ¶  Brick cheese Legal May be used freely.
(58) ¶  Brie cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(59) ¶  Broccoli Legal
(60) ¶  Brussell sprouts Legal
(61) ¶  Buckwheat Illegal
(62) ¶  Bulgur Illegal
(63) ¶  Burdock root Illegal It contains inulin (FOS) and mucilage.
(64) ¶  Butter Legal
(65) ¶  Butter beans Illegal
(66) ¶  Buttermilk Illegal
(67) ¶  Butternut squash Legal
(68) ¶  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.
(69) ¶  Camembert cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(70) ¶  Canellini beans Illegal
(71) ¶  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".
(72) ¶  Canned fruits See Note Fruits canned in their own juice are allowed.
(73) ¶  Canned vegetables Illegal There are no canned vegetables permitted, they must either be fresh or frozen.
(74) ¶  Canola oil Legal Legal, but not recommended.
(75) ¶  Cantaloupe Legal
(76) ¶  Capers Legal
(77) ¶  Carob Illegal
(78) ¶  Carrageenan Illegal Carrageenan is seaweed and high in polysaccharides, therefore illegal.
(79) ¶  Carrots Legal
(80) ¶  Cashews Legal Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(81) ¶  Cauliflower Legal Cauliflower is sometimes hard to digest and should be tried cautiously after some progress has been made on the diet.
(82) ¶  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.
(83) ¶  Celery Legal
(84) ¶  Cellulose (in supplements) Legal Cellulose in your supplements is okay and virtually impossible to avoid.
(85) ¶  Cellulose Gum Illegal
(86) ¶  Cereals Illegal However for a hot cereal see SCDrecipe Hot cereal
(87) ¶  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

(88) ¶  Cheddar cheese Legal May be used freely.
(89) ¶  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.
(90) ¶  Cherimoya Legal Also known as custard apple or sharifa.
(91) ¶  Cherries Legal
(92) ¶  Chestnut flour Illegal
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(93) ¶  Chestnuts Legal May be tried when symptom free. However, if you buy dried chestnuts, soak them and cook them until soft.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(94) ¶  Chevre Illegal Chevre is illegal, but you can make a close approximation by dripping goat milk yogurt. Directions can be found at http://uclbs.org/recipes/dairy/suegoatcheese.php
(95) ¶  Chewing gum Illegal Contains things like aspartame, maple or date sugar and other sugar substitutes which are illegal.
(96) ¶  Chick peas Illegal
(97) ¶  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
(98) ¶  Chlorella Illegal It is a blue-green algae similar to spirulina
(99) ¶  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.
(100) ¶  Cilantro Legal
(101) ¶  Cinnamon Legal
(102) ¶  Citric Acid Legal Citric acid as an additive is OK
(103) ¶  Club soda Legal
(104) ¶  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.
(105) ¶  Coconut Legal Fresh or unsweetened, shredded coconut and coconut flour are all legal.
(106) ¶  Coconut milk Legal May be tried after being on the diet for 6 months.
(107) ¶  Coconut oil Legal Withstands heat well, good for frying/cooking,
(108) ¶  Coffee Legal Coffee should be made very weak. Instant coffee is not allowed.
(109) ¶  Coffee (instant) Illegal
(110) ¶  Colby cheese Legal May be used freely.
(111) ¶  Collard greens Legal Of the cabbage family, introduce late in the diet
(112) ¶  Cordials Illegal
(113) ¶  Corn Illegal
(114) ¶  Corn oil Legal
(115) ¶  Corn syrup Illegal
(116) ¶  Cornstarch Illegal
(117) ¶  Cottage cheese Illegal
(118) ¶  Courgette Legal Also known as zucchini
(119) ¶  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.
(120) ¶  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.
(121) ¶  Cream cheese Illegal
(122) ¶  Cream of Tartar Illegal
(123) ¶  Croscomellose sodium Illegal
(124) ¶  Cucumbers Legal
(125) ¶  Custard apple Legal Also known as sharifa or cherimoya
(126) ¶  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.
(127) ¶  Date sugar Illegal May be tried after being on the diet for quite sometime and symptom free but it is not recommended.
(128) ¶  Dates Legal Medjool and California dates are allowed. They must be loose and not have anything added.
(129) ¶  Decaffeinated Products Illegal Decaffeinated products are not legal since the manufacturing process may introduce questionable ingredients or reactions..
(130) ¶  Dextrose (contained in commercial products) Illegal The problem with the dextrose and fructose which is being sold as a granulated form as well as the dextrose contained in commercial products is that it is not pure dextrose which should be the same as the single sugar glucose found in fruits and honey.
(131) ¶  Dried milk solids Illegal
(132) ¶  Drumsticks Illegal No okra (bhindi) or drumsticks. Since they are a mucilaginous food, they are illegal.
(133) ¶  Dry Curd Cottage Cheese (DCCC) Legal DCCC sources
(134) ¶  Durum Flour Illegal Its a type wheat grain flour
(135) ¶  Echinacea Legal Especially if it is in Alcohol, but even it is in pill form with a bit of lactose. It can be very helpful if a cold or flu is coming on.
(136) ¶  Edam cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(137) ¶  Eggplant Legal
(138) ¶  Eggs Legal
(139) ¶  EMPower Illegal Has many Illegal ingredients, Brown Rice Bran, FOS, Bifidus, flax seed
(140) ¶  Ethanol Legal Ethanol is alcohol - the kind in gin, etc.
(141) ¶  Evaporated cane juice Illegal Fancy name for sugar
(142) ¶  Ezekiel Bread Illegal Sprouted grain breads are illegal.
(143) ¶  Faba beans Illegal
(144) ¶  Fenugreek Illegal
(145) ¶  Feta Cheese Illegal Feta may be used after about 6 months of improvement. But used only in small amounts.
Caution
Six Month Waiting Period
May be tried cautiously after six months on the diet.
(146) ¶  Figs Legal Figs unpolluted by chemicals or additives are fine, however I find them, especially in dried form; to be a laxative. They also contain hundreds of tiny hard seeds which can be hard on the intestines. I'm still unable to tolerate them after almost a year on the SCD. If I were you I'd leave figs until you've been symptom free for at least a while. - Rob B
(147) ¶  Filberts (hazelnuts) 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.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(148) ¶  Fish Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
(149) ¶  Flax seed Illegal see Flax seed and flax seed oil
(150) ¶  Flax seed oil Legal see Flax seed and flax seed oil
(151) ¶  Flour Illegal
(152) ¶  FOS Illegal Also known as fructooligosaccharides. See, FOS
(153) ¶  Fowl Legal All types including turkey, chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon etc
(154) ¶  Frozen Orange Juice (concentrated) Illegal If orange juice is just frozen and has no additives then it is legal, however frozen orange juice is normally concentrated before freezing and the process to concentrate it makes it illegal see frozen orange juice processing
(155) ¶  Fructose (granulated) Illegal
(156) ¶  Fruits (canned) Legal Fruits canned in their own juice are allowed.
(157) ¶  Garbanzo beans Illegal
(158) ¶  Garfava flour Illegal Made from two types of beans, Garbanzo beans and Fava beans, neither are SCD™legal.
(159) ¶  Garlic Legal Use fresh garlic; garlic powders have starch added as anti-caking agents. You may also make your own garlic powder from fresh garlic by dehydrating it and grinding it yourself.
(160) ¶  Gelatin (unflavored) Legal It is a denatured protein that has lost its tertiary structure although it is not the best protein.
(161) ¶  Ghee Legal It's clarified butter
(162) ¶  Gin Legal Only have it occasionally.
(163) ¶  Ginger Legal
(164) ¶  Gjetost cheese Illegal
(165) ¶  Glucose candy Illegal Contains granulated glucose is known to contains other sugars in addition to glucose.
(166) ¶  Glycerin Legal Since glycerin is not a sugar to begin with, the "ol" at the end does not make it a sugar alcohol. Glycerin is considered to belong to the fat family. So does glycerol.
(167) ¶  Glycerol Legal Since glycerin is not a sugar to begin with, the "ol" at the end does not make it a sugar alcohol. Glycerin is considered to belong to the fat family. So does glycerol.
(168) ¶  Goatein Illegal It is a Protein powders that contains Bifidobacteria Bifidum. Protein Powders are a bad idea in any case as they're generally oxidized cholesterol - damaged by heat. - Deborah
(169) ¶  Gorgonzola cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(170) ¶  Gouda cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(171) ¶  Granulated glucose Illegal It is known to contains other sugars in addition to glucose.
(172) ¶  Grape juice Legal White or dark grape juice is allowed. We use Welch's bottled grape juice, as it has been checked out and does not have sugar added. Avoid frozen grape juice, it usually has sugar added. Juice should be diluted with water before drinking.
(173) ¶  Grapefruit Legal
(174) ¶  Grapefruit juice See Note Only legal if fresh. Frozen, or canned grapefruit juice is not allowed. Juice should be diluted with water before drinking.
(175) ¶  Grapes Legal
(176) ¶  Grapeseed oil Legal
(177) ¶  Green tea Legal Limited to 2 cups per day.
(178) ¶  Gruyere cheese Legal
(179) ¶  Guar Gum Illegal
(180) ¶  Gums Illegal All gums are illegal.
(181) ¶  Ham Legal Only if cured with salt, it is illegal if cured with sugar dextrose etc see Ham
(182) ¶  Haricot beans Legal These are legal and are the same as navy beans. Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
Caution
Bean Note
Legal beans should be soaked overnight in cold water and then rinsed in running water before use.
(183) ¶  Havarti cheese Legal May be used freely.
(184) ¶  Hazelnuts (filberts) 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.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(185) ¶  Hemp seed, Hemp protein powder Illegal
(186) ¶  HN-Zyme Legal
(187) ¶  Homemade yogurt Legal See, Yoghurt for instructions on how to make legal yogurt.
(188) ¶  Honey Legal
(189) ¶  Horseradish sauce Legal If homemade, if manufactured only if you know they have not added illegals
(190) ¶  Hot dogs Illegal Commercially produced hotdogs will normally be illegal but here is a legal recipe on SCDiet by Marilyn
(191) ¶  Hydrolyzed Protein Illegal This is another term for MSG. Regardless of whether it is SCD™ legal or not, we should all try to avoid it. MSG can be a potent neurotoxin.
(192) ¶  Ice cream Illegal Commercially prepared ice cream is not allowed. However, there are many wonderful recipes for homemade ice cream.
(193) ¶  Inositol Illegal Inositol is a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols will
feed bacteria and that is something we do not want to do. Sugar alcohols generally cause diarrhea but small amounts in supplements are ok - Elaine
(194) ¶  Inulin Illegal Inulin is a FOS and is illegal, see Inulin
(195) ¶  Iron supplements Illegal Please do not get vitamins with iron; they encourage all kinds of infections especially in the gut, and iron has had much research done on it re other diseases. No oral iron if you can help it. Just eat the liver pate and if you like liver, eat it at least once a week.
(196) ¶  Isoglucose Illegal It is a new sweetner likely to be used in many products in future. See Isoglucose
(197) ¶  Jaggery (gur) Illegal
(198) ¶  Jalapenos Legal
(199) ¶  Jicama Illegal
(200) ¶  Juice from concentrate Illegal Juice from concentrate is normally illegal because when it is reconstituted they often add other things (like sugar). Often additives are not listed on the label
(201) ¶  Kale Legal
(202) ¶  Kefir See Note See, Kefir
(203) ¶  Ketchup Illegal Commercially prepared ketchup contains sugar and is not allowed. See the gourmet section of the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle for a ketchup recipe.
(204) ¶  Kidney beans Legal (All Types) May be tried when symptom free. Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
(205) ¶  Kimchi Legal See Kimchi
(206) ¶  Kiwi fruit Legal
(207) ¶  Kohlrabi Illegal  see Kohlrabi
(208) ¶  Kudzu (or kuzu) 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.
(209) ¶  Kumquats Legal
(210) ¶  KyoGreen powder Illegal
(211) ¶  L-Theanine Legal It is an amino acid, as long as its pure without illegal binders, etc its legal, as with any new food go slow introducing it. - Seth
(212) ¶  Lactaid Milk Illegal The rate of flow of galactose to the liver when one drinks lactose hydrolyzed milk is high. With lactose hydrolyzed milk, you are ingesting the two sugars: glucose and galactose at the same time. Note: Lactaid Milk is Lactose Hydrolyzed Milk
(213) ¶  Lactose Hydrolyzed Milk Illegal The rate of flow of galactose to the liver when one drinks lactose hydrolyzed milk is high. With lactose hydrolyzed milk, you are ingesting the two sugars: glucose and galactose at the same time.
Note: Lactaid Milk is Lactose Hydrolyzed Milk
(214) ¶  Lamb Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
(215) ¶  Lecithin Legal Derived from soy (illegal). There is plenty of good lecithin in egg yolks, and Elaine sees no particular need to take it outside of a whole food.
(216) ¶  Leek Legal
(217) ¶  Lemons Legal
(218) ¶  Lentils Legal Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
(219) ¶  Lettuce Legal All varieties of lettuce are legal.
(220) ¶  leucine Legal (supplement ingredient)
(221) ¶  Licorice Illegal Licorice is both a demulcent and a laxative. For more info on demulcents see, Licorice and Demulcents
(222) ¶  Lignin Illegal Grinding lignin and tough stuff does not prevent certain microorganisms from thanking you for chewing up their nutrition. The little buggers then respond by eating faster and making more babies and toxins.
(223) ¶  Lima beans Legal Dried or fresh are permitted. Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
(224) ¶  Limburger cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(225) ¶  Limes Legal
(226) ¶  Liqueurs Illegal
(227) ¶  Liquid Clorychlorophyll Illegal
(228) ¶  Macadamia nuts Legal
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(229) ¶  Macadamia oil Legal Makes the best tasting mayo - Deborah.  Withstands heat well
(230) ¶  Magnesium citrate Legal (As a supplement ingredient)
(231) ¶  Magnesium Stearate Legal (As a supplement ingredient)
(232) ¶  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.
(233) ¶  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.
(234) ¶  Manchego Cheese Legal
(235) ¶  Mangoes Legal
(236) ¶  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.
(237) ¶  Maple syrup Illegal Maple syrup is a disaccharide.
(238) ¶  Margarine Illegal
(239) ¶  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.
(240) ¶  Mastic gum Illegal
(241) ¶  Mead See Note If homemade and ingredients are honey and yeast, commercial is likely to have sugar added and is illegal
(242) ¶  Meats Legal All fesh or frozen meats with no additives or processing are legal including beef, lamb, pork, liver, kidney, oxtail and tongue
(243) ¶  Meats (canned) Illegal
(244) ¶  Meats (processed) Illegal Most have additives such as starch, lactose and sugar e.g. hot dogs, turkey loaf, spiced ham, bologna, smoked meats.
(245) ¶  Melatonin Illegal
(246) ¶  Melon Legal All types are Legal
(247) ¶  Milk Illegal Fluid milk of any kind is not permitted.
(248) ¶  Millet Illegal
(249) ¶  Miso Illegal
(250) ¶  Molasses Illegal
(251) ¶  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.
(252) ¶  Monterey Jack cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(253) ¶  Mozzarella cheese Illegal
(254) ¶  MSG Illegal Regardless of whether it is SCD™ legal or not, we should all try to avoid it. MSG can be a potent neurotoxin.
(255) ¶  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.
(256) ¶  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.
(257) ¶  Muenster cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(258) ¶  Mungbeans Illegal
(259) ¶  Mushrooms Legal
(260) ¶  Mustard (plain) Legal Mustard is legal as long as it doesn't contain illegal ingredients; read the labels carefully.
(261) ¶  Natural cheeses Legal See the appendix of the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, for a complete list of allowable cheeses.
(262) ¶  Natural Flavors Illegal "Natural flavoring" can be used to refer to anything, including the chemicals coming from big "flavor" companies which sell chemicals to food processors.
(263) ¶  Navy beans Legal Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
(264) ¶  Nectarines Legal
(265) ¶  Nettles Illegal Adverse effects from consuming nettle tea can range from upset stomach to burning sensations in the skin, difficulty in urination and bloating.
(266) ¶  Neufchatel cheese Illegal
(267) ¶  Noni Juice Illegal
(268) ¶  Nutmeg Legal
(269) ¶  Oats Illegal
(270) ¶  Okra Illegal No okra (bhindi) or drumsticks, since they are a mucilaginous food, they are illegal.
(271) ¶  Olive oil Legal Olive oil withstands heat well, good for frying cookng and is highly recommended.
(272) ¶  Olives Legal Olives are legal as long as they do not contain illegal ingredients; read the labels carefully.
(273) ¶  Onions Legal Use fresh onions. Onion powders have starch added as anti-caking agents. You may also make your own onion powder from fresh onions by dehydrating them and grinding them yourself.
(274) ¶  Orange juice Legal Fresh orange juice that does not have sugar added is allowed. While diarrhea is active, avoid having orange juice in the morning. We use Tropicana's Original Orange Juice, as it has been checked out and does not have sugar added.
(275) ¶  Oranges Legal
(276) ¶  Oregano Legal
(277) ¶  Papayas Legal
(278) ¶  Pappadum Illegal They are an Indian snack made from lentils - they're like a chip. Also contains rice flour
(279) ¶  Paprika Legal
(280) ¶  Parmesan cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(281) ¶  Parsley Legal
(282) ¶  Parsnips Illegal At one time, I had them included in my book but after getting feedback from the inflammatory bowel listserv, I took them off. Some children do well with them; others do not. However, they are pretty good from a carb
standpoint and Dr. Haas allowed them. - Elaine
(283) ¶  Passion Fruit Legal
(284) ¶  Pasta Illegal
(285) ¶  Pau 'Arco Illegal Bark tea (Pau d'Arco) contains steroidal saponins and is both an immune booster and a laxative.
(286) ¶  Pea flour Illegal
(287) ¶  Peaches Legal
(288) ¶  Peanut butter Legal Natural peanut butter with no sugar added is allowed.
(289) ¶  Peanut Oil Legal
(290) ¶  Peanuts Legal Peanuts in the shell may be tried cautiously after 6 months on the diet if diarrhea is gone. Shelled peanuts are illegal. Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(291) ¶  Pears Legal
(292) ¶  Peas Legal
(293) ¶  Pecans 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.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(294) ¶  Pectin Illegal It is a polysaccharide which, in the presence of acid and sugar, gels. It is used as a thickener in jams, and occurs naturally in some fruit, like apples. In apples, it's mostly in the peel, and for someone beginning the diet, you normally wouldn't get too much from eating an apple, because you'd peel it. Pectin as an added ingredient is not legal, as it is a complex sugar.
(295) ¶  Peppermint tea Legal Some brands out there put in natural flavourings which would make them illegal, so check the ingredients carefully - Charlene
(296) ¶  Peppers Legal Green, yellow, and red peppers are permitted. Also jalapeno peppers, habanera peppers, chili peppers, poblano peppers, relleno peppers, etc. are legal.
(297) ¶  Peptizyde Legal
(298) ¶  Persimmons Legal
(299) ¶  Phosphatidylcholine Legal Another name for lecithin which is legal. Eggs have a huge amount of this but if you are not eating eggs, perhaps
a bit of supplement is fine. - Elaine
(300) ¶  Pickles (dill) Legal

Dill pickles are legal as long as they do not contain illegal ingredients; read the labels carefully.
DILL PICKLES by Elaine Gottschall
http://www.scdiet.net/elainesrecipes.htm

(301) ¶  Pine nuts Legal They are very hard to digest and even grinding them for pesto doesn't make them any easier on your gut. May be tried in small amounts after symptoms have subsided.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(302) ¶  Pineapple Legal
(303) ¶  Pineapple juice Illegal

fall 2010 update: "The Dole 100% Pineapple juice in the can now adds Vitamins A, C and E. The Vitamin A is bound with cornstarch."


old info: Fresh pineapple juice that does not have sugar added is allowed. We use Dole's unsweetened pineapple juice in the can, as it has been checked out and does not have sugar added. Juice should be diluted with water before drinking.

(304) ¶  Pinto beans Illegal Even after soaking they have the wrong kind of starch
(305) ¶  Pistachio nuts Legal They are legal, but the skins can be really tough for newbies. And don't get the pink dyed ones, or the salted ones because they can have starch added to them. You can get unsalted, unroasted pistachios at the health food store and then roast them yourself. For instructions see, Pistachio Nuts
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(306) ¶  Plantains Illegal They contain too much starch.
(307) ¶  Plums Legal
(308) ¶  Polysorbate 80 Illegal See Polysorbate 80
(309) ¶  Pomegranate concentrate Illegal
(310) ¶  Pork Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
(311) ¶  Pork Rinds Legal Use the plain pork rinds with no added flavourings and check the label carefully to make sure they don't contain illegal ingredients
(312) ¶  Port du Salut cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(313) ¶  Port wine Illegal Its full of sugar
(314) ¶  Postum Illegal
(315) ¶  Potassium Sorbate Legal (supplement ingredient)
(316) ¶  Potatoes Illegal Both white and sweet potatoes are illegal.
(317) ¶  Poultry Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
(318) ¶  Primal Defense Illegal See, Primal Defense
(319) ¶  Primost cheese Illegal
(320) ¶  Processed cheeses Illegal See the appendix of the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, for a complete list of illegal cheeses.
(321) ¶  Protein powder Illegal See, Protein powder
(322) ¶  Provolone cheese Legal Although not listed with the other cheeses on page 140 of Breaking the Vicious Cycle, provolone cheese is legal.
(323) ¶  Prunes Legal
(324) ¶  Psyllium husks Illegal They are loaded with cellulose and lignin which some bacteria thrive on. We accept that the cellulose in vegetables and fruit can be handled OK but a concentrated form such as husks would not be in order.
(325) ¶  Pumpkin Legal Fresh pumpkin is legal, canned pumpkin is not allowed. Butternut squash may be used as a substitute for pumpkin in baking.
(326) ¶  Pumpkin (canned) Illegal Canned pumpkin is illegal. Butternut squash may be substituted for pumpkin in baking.
(327) ¶  Quinoa Illegal Since Quinoa is 60% starch, it is very illegal.
(328) ¶  Quorn Illegal
(329) ¶  Raisins Legal Try them cautiously.
(330) ¶  Rhubarb Legal
(331) ¶  Rice Illegal Both brown and white rice are illegal.
(332) ¶  Rice Bran Illegal

Except as a supplement filler as it is mainly oil.
If one is taking a supplement which has proven to be efficacious, then the small amount of filler within the supplement will probably not have an adverse effect. - Elaine.

(333) ¶  Rice Flour Illegal
(334) ¶  Ricotta cheese Illegal
(335) ¶  Romano cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(336) ¶  Roquefort cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(337) ¶  Rosemary Legal
(338) ¶  Rutabaga Legal Also known as swede It is very fibrous, so go slow and be careful.
(339) ¶  Rye Illegal
(340) ¶  Saccharine Legal
(341) ¶  Safflower oil Legal
(342) ¶  Sage Legal
(343) ¶  Sago starch Illegal
(344) ¶  Sake Illegal

It is not a distilled spirit like Vodka and it is the distillation that removes the illegals - Seth
Both sweet and dry sake still have sugar and actually the dry sake has more sugar than the sweet sake but you can't taste it because of the acidity. - Kim

(345) ¶  Salt Legal Ordinary iodized table salt, altho it sometimes has dextrose, is legal because it is important to get that iodine
(346) ¶  Sashimi Legal (Japanese sushi-style raw fish served all by itself w/o rice)
(347) ¶  saukerkraut Legal Only for advanced SCD'ers
(348) ¶  Seaweed Illegal Seaweed is high in polysaccharides and therefore illegal.
(349) ¶  Seed Butters See Note Seed Butters
(350) ¶  Seed Flour Illegal It is not allowed because the quantity of the flour way surpasses the few seeds that Elaine had in mind when she said "seeds are permissible after 3 months of no symptoms."
(351) ¶  Seeds Legal Permissible after 3 months of no symptoms.
(352) ¶  Sesame oil Legal
(353) ¶  Sesame seeds See Note Sesame seeds
(354) ¶  Sharifa Legal Also known as custard apple or cherimoya
(355) ¶  Shellfish Legal Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
(356) ¶  Sherry Illegal
(357) ¶  Silica Legal (supplement ingredient)
(358) ¶  Silicon Dioxide Legal (supplement ingredient)
(359) ¶  Slippery elm 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.
(360) ¶  Smoked meats Illegal Unless you know with certainty that no sugar has been added during the smoking process, they are not permitted.
(361) ¶  Sodium Benzoate Legal (supplement ingredient)
(362) ¶  Sodium starch glycinate Illegal
(363) ¶  Sorbitol 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.
(364) ¶  Sour cream Illegal
(365) ¶  Soy Illegal See - Soy
(366) ¶  Soy Lecithin Legal Derived from soy (illegal). There is plenty of good lecithin in egg yolks, and Elaine sees no particular need to take it outside of a whole food. Also see Carlsons fish oil
(367) ¶  Soy Sauce Illegal Soy sauce is a fermented soy product and also contains wheat so it is illegal.
(368) ¶  Soybean milk Illegal
(369) ¶  Soybean oil Illegal
(370) ¶  Soybeans Illegal
(371) ¶  Spearmint Tea Legal
(372) ¶  Spelt Illegal
(373) ¶  Spices Legal Spices of all kinds may be used, but avoid spice mixtures; buy spices separately.
(374) ¶  Spinach Legal
(375) ¶  Spirulina Illegal We do not use algae (Spirulina) because IBD involves the immune system and can aggravate an already disturbed immune system.
(376) ¶  Splenda Illegal There are several reasons why it is illegal, see Splenda
(377) ¶  Split peas Legal Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
(378) ¶  Sprouted Grain Bread Illegal
(379) ¶  Squash Legal Both winter and summer squashes are legal.
(380) ¶  Stevia Illegal It's molecular structure resembles a steroid and the effects are unknown. See, Stevia
(381) ¶  Stilton cheese Legal May be used occasionally.
(382) ¶  String beans Legal Also called Green Beans
(383) ¶  Sucralose Illegal There are several reasons why it is illegal, see Splenda
(384) ¶  Sulphates Legal When a fruit such as peaches (dried) and coconut is sulphated, it means it has been exposed to sulphur to keep the color from darkening. Some people are allergic to sulphated products but most of us are not bothered by them.
(385) ¶  Sunflower oil Legal
(386) ¶  Swede Legal Another name for rutabaga
(387) ¶  Sweet Potatoes Illegal
(388) ¶  Swiss cheese Legal May be used freely.
(389) ¶  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.
(390) ¶  Tagatose Illegal
(391) ¶  Tamari Illegal It is made from soy
(392) ¶  Tamarind Illegal See, Tamarind
(393) ¶  Tangerines Legal
(394) ¶  Tapioca Illegal It is a starch, therefore illegal.
(395) ¶  Tapioca Flour Illegal
(396) ¶  Taro Illegal It has much too much starch in it and is very similar to potatoes.
(397) ¶  Tarragon Legal
(398) ¶  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.

(399) ¶  Thyme Legal
(400) ¶  Tofu Illegal It is made from soy
(401) ¶  Tofutti cheese Illegal
(402) ¶  tomato Legal Canned tomatoes are illegal.
(403) ¶  Tomato juice (canned) Legal Should only have salt added. Also see Tomato Juice - canned
(404) ¶  Tomato paste (canned) Illegal
(405) ¶  Tomato purée (canned) Illegal
(406) ¶  Tomato sauce (canned) Illegal
(407) ¶  Triticale Illegal
(408) ¶  Turbinado Illegal It is liquid cane sugar, therefore it is illegal.
(409) ¶  Turnips Illegal In the most recent printing of BTVC (Ninth Printing - May 2002), turnips were moved from the 'allowed' list to the 'not allowed' list.
(410) ¶  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.
(411) ¶  Vanillin Legal But not in concentrated form see Vanillin
(412) ¶  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
(413) ¶  Vegetables (canned) Illegal Canned vegetables are not permitted; they must either be fresh or frozen.
(414) ¶  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
(415) ¶  Vodka Legal Only have it occasionally.
(416) ¶  Walnut oil Legal Doesn't withstand heat very well
(417) ¶  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.
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(418) ¶  Wasabi Legal As long as it is in its natural state and hasn't had fillers added by a manufacturer 
(419) ¶  Water chestnuts Illegal
Caution
Nut Note
Nuts sold in salted mixtures should be avoided--most have been roasted with a starch coating.
(420) ¶  Watercress Legal
(421) ¶  Watermelon Legal
(422) ¶  Wheat Illegal
(423) ¶  Wheat germ Illegal
(424) ¶  whisky Legal Only have it occasionally.
(425) ¶  Wine Legal Very dry wine is legal. See, Wines for more information on dry wines.
(426) ¶  Xanthum Gum Illegal
(427) ¶  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.
(428) ¶  Yams Illegal
(429) ¶  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
(430) ¶  Yoghurt (homemade) Legal See, yoghurt for instructions on how to make legal yoghurt.
(431) ¶  Yucca Root Illegal
(432) ¶  Zucchini Legal Also known as Courgette