Hello and welcome to my “Specific Carbohydrate Diet” page.
This image is perhaps quite familiar to many of you…it’s a picture of the book: Breaking the Vicious Cycle. When one thinks SCD, one can’t help but think Breaking the Vicious Cycle. So what is this book all about anyway? Breaking the Vicious Cycle was written by Elaine Gottschall, biochemist and cell biologist. The book provides an alternative way to help combat digestive disorders using dietary changes, and it’s also a practical book that addresses the problems of intestinal conditions such as: Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease as well as less severe complaints like: indigestion, “nervous stomach”, chronic diarrhea & spastic colon.
Here is an excerpt from the Breaking the Vicious Cycle website:
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has helped many thousands of people with various forms of bowel disease and other ailments vastly improve their quality of life. In many cases people consider themselves cured. It is a diet intended mainly for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea. However it is a very healthy, balanced and safe diet that has health benefits for everyone. The foods that are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ are based on the chemical structure of these foods. Carbohydrates are classified by their molecular structure.
The allowed carbohydrates are monosaccharides and have a single molecule structure that allow them to be easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex carbohydrates which are disaccharides (double molecules) and polysaccharides (chain molecules) are not allowed. Complex carbohydrates that are not easily digested feed harmful bacteria in our intestines causing them to overgrow producing by products and inflaming the intestine wall.
After learning about The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, an inevitable question to as yourself is: What can I eat?
HERE is a list of ALL the legal and illegal foods on the diet. Bookmark this link on your computer!
This book is a pretty quick read and a great reference. I highly recommend it.
You can purchase it here.
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