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SCD Legal Foods

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.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W X Y Z

Food Item

Legal/Illegal

Notes

A

Acorn Squash

Agar-Agar

Illegal

Agave Syrup

Illegal

Algae

Illegal

Allspice

Almond Butter

Almond Milk

Only Homemade

Almond Oil

Almonds

Unsalted Only

Aloe Vera

Illegal

Amaranth Flour

Illegal

Anchovies

Apple Cider

Apple Juice

Illegal

Apples 

Apricots

Arrowroot

Illegal

Artichokes (French)

Artichokes (Jerusalem)

Illegal

Ascorbic Acid

Asiago Cheese

Occasionally

Asparagus

Only Fresh Or Frozen.

Aspartic Acid

Astragalus

Illegal

Avocado Oil

Avocadoes

B

Bacon

Sugar-Free Only

Baker'S Yeast

Illegal

Baking Powder

Illegal

Baking Soda

Balsamic Vinegar

Illegal

Unless Aged For 15+ Yrs & Sugar-Free

Bananas

Bark Tea

Illegal

Barley

Illegal

Basil

Bay Leaf

Bean Flour

Illegal

Bean Sprouts

Illegal

Bee Pollen

Illegal

Raw Honey Is Illegal

Beef

Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients

Beer

Illegal

Beets

Berries

Bhindi

Illegal

Bitter Gourd

Illegal

Black Beans

Only When Symptom Free

Black Eye Beans

Illegal

Black Radish

With Caution, As It Is Fibrous

Blue Cheese

Occasionally

Bok Choy

Only When Symptom Free

Bologna

Illegal

Bouillon Cubes

Illegal

Bourbon

Occasionally

Brandy

Illegal

Brazil Nuts

Unsalted Only

Brick Cheese

Use Freely 

Brie Cheese

Occasionally

Broccoli 

Brussell Sprouts

Buckwheat 

Illegal

Bulgur

Illegal

Burdock Root

Illegal

Butter

Butter Beans

Illegal

Buttermilk

Illegal

Butternut Squash

C

Cabbage

Only When Symptom Free

Camembart Cheese

Occasionally

Canellini Beans

Illegal

Canned Fish

With Clean Ingredients Only

Canned Fruits

Illegal

Unless Canned In Its Own Juice

Canned Vegetables

Illegal

Canola Oil

Not A Healthy Oil Though

Cantaloupe

Capers

Carob

Illegal

Carrageenan

Illegal

Carrots

Cashews

Unsalted Only

Cauliflower

With Caution, As It Is Hard To Digest

Celery Root/Celeriac

With Caution, As It Is Fibrous

Celery  

Cellulose (In Supplements)

Cellulose Gum

Illegal

Chard

With Caution, As It Is Hard To Digest

Cheddar Cheese

Use Freely 

Cherimoya

Cherries

Chestnut Flour

Illegal

Chestnuts

Only When Symptom Free

Chevre

Illegal

Chewing Gum

Illegal

Chia Seeds

Illegal

Chick Peas

Illegal

Chickory Root

Illegal

Chlorella

Illegal

Chocolate

Illegal

Cilantro

Cinnamon

Citric Acid

Club Soda

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Powder

Illegal

Coconut

Coconut Milk

Nature'S Value Brand

Coconut Oil

Coffee (Not Instant)

Light Coffee Only, Not Strong

Coffee (Instant)

Illegal

Colby Cheese

Use Freely 

Collard Greens

Only When Symptom Free

Cordials

Illegal

Corn

Illegal

Corn Oil

Corn Syrup

Illegal

Cornstarch

Illegal

Cottage Cheese

Illegal

Cranberry Juice

Pure With No Added Sugar

Cream

Illegal

Unless Fermented For 24 Hrs

Cream Cheese

Illegal

Cream Of Tartar

Illegal

Croscomellose Sodium

Illegal

Cucumbers

Custard Apple

Cyclamate

D

Date Sugar

Illegal

Dates

Loosely Packed Medjool Or California Only

Decaffeinated Products

Illegal

Dextrose

Illegal

Dried Milk Solids

Illegal

Drumsticks

Illegal

Dry Curd Cottage Cheese

Also Known As Farmer'S Cheese

Durum Flour

Illegal

E

Echinacea

Edam Cheese

Occasionally

Eggplant

Eggs

Empower

Illegal

Ethanol

Evaporated Cane Juice

Illegal

Ezekiel Bread

Illegal

F

Faba Beans

Illegal

Fenugreek

Illegal

Feta Cheese

In Small Amounts 6+ Months Into The Diet And Symptom Free

Figs

Only When Symptom Free

Filberts

Unsalted Only

Fish

Flax Seeds

Illegal

Flax Seed Oil

Flour

Illegal

Fos

Illegal

Fowl

Frozen Orange Juice (Concentrate)

Illegal

Fructose

Illegal

Fruits

Fresh Or Frozen, Or Canned In Its Own Juice

G

Garbanzo Beans

Illegal

Garfava Flour

Illegal

Garlic

Stay Away From Garlic Powder

Gelatin (Unflavored)

Ghee

Gin

Occasionally

Ginger

Gjetost Cheese

Illegal

Glucose

Illegal

Glycerin

Glycerol

Goatein

Illegal

Gorgonzola Cheese

Occasionally

Gouda Cheese

Occasionally

Grape Juice

White Or Dark With No Added Sugars Diluted In Water

Grapefruit

Grapefruit Juice

Fresh Only Diluted In Water

Grapes

Grapeseed Oil

Green Tea

Up To 2 Cups Daily

Gruyere Cheese

Guar Gum

Illegal

Gums

Illegal

H

Ham

Cured With Salt Only

Haricot Beans

Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free

Havarti Cheese

Use Freely 

Hazelnuts

Unsalted Only

Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder

Illegal

Hn-Zyme

Homemade Yogurt

Very Beneficial 

Honey

Filtered And Clear To The Eye, No Raw

Hot Dogs

Illegal

Unless Made According To Scd Standards

Hydrolyzed Protein

Illegal

I

Inositol

Illegal

Inulin

Illegal

Iron Supplements

Illegal

Unless It Is Chelated Iron

Isoglucose

Illegal

J

Jaggery

Illegal

Jalapenos

Jicama

Illegal

Juice From Concentrate

Illegal

K

Kale

Kefir

Illegal

Ketchup

Illegal

Unless Made According To Scd Standards

Kidney Beans

Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free

Kimchi

Kiwi Fruit

Kohlrabi

Illegal

Konjac

Illegal

Kudzu

Illegal

Kumquats

Kyogreen Powder

Illegal

L

L-Theanine

Check Ingredients Carefully & Introduce Slowly

Lactaid Milk

Illegal

Lactose Hydrolyzed Milk

Illegal

Lamb

Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients

Lecithin

Leek

Lemons

Lentils

Prepared According To Btvc

Lettuce

Leucine

Licorice

Illegal

Lignin

Illegal

Lima Beans

Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free

Limburger Cheese

Occasionally

Limes

Liqueurs

Illegal

Liquid Clorychlorophyll

Illegal

M

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Oil

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium Stearate

Maltitol

Illegal

Maltodextrin

Illegal

Manchego Cheese

Mangoes

Mannitol

Illegal

Maple Syrup

Illegal

Margarine

Illegal

Marshmallow

Illegal

Mastic Gum

Illegal

Mead

Illegal

Meats

Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients

Melatonin

Illegal

Melon

Milk

Illegal

Millet

Illegal

Miracle Noodles

Illegal

Miso

Illegal

Molasses

Illegal

Molo-Cure

Illegal

Monterey Jack Cheese

Occasionally

Mozzarella Cheese

Illegal

Occasionally

Msg 

Illegal

Mucilaginous Herbs

Illegal

Mucilaginous Polysaccharides

Illegal

Muenster Cheese

Occasionally

Mungbeans

Illegal

Mushrooms

Mustard (Plain)

Check Ingredients Carefully

N

Natural Flavors

Illegal

Navy Beans

Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free

Nectarines

Nettles

Illegal

Neufchatel Cheese

Illegal

Noni Juice

Illegal

Nutmeg

O

Oats

Illegal

Okra

Illegal

Olive Oil

Olives

Check Ingredients Carefully

Onions

Stay Away From Onion Powder

Orange Juice

From The Refrigerator Section Only With No Added Ingredients Such As Tropicana'S Original

Oranges

Oregano

P

Papaya

Pappadum

Illegal

Paprika

Parmesan

Occasionally

Parsley

Parsnips

Illegal

Passion Fruit

Pasta

Illegal

Pau'Arco

Illegal

Pea Flour

Illegal

Peaches

Peanut Butter

Illegal

Sugar-Free Only

Peanut Oil

Peanuts

Unsalted Only & Only Once Symptom Free

Pears

Peas

Pecans

Unsalted Only

Pectin

Illegal

Peppermint Tea

Peppers

Peptizyde

Persimmons

Phosphatidylcholine

Pickles (Dill)

With Clean Ingredients Only

Pine Nuts

Hard To Digest, May Be Tried Very Cautiously In Small Amounts Once Symptom Free

Pineapple

Pineapple Juice

Illegal

Pinto Beans

Illegal

Pistachio Nuts

Unsalted Only & Only Once Symptom Free

Plantains

Illegal

Plums

Polysorbate 80

Illegal

Pomegranate Concentrate

Illegal

Pork

Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients

Pork Rinds

Plain With Clean Ingredients

Port Du Salut Cheese

Occasionally

Port Wine

Illegal

Postum

Illegal

Pottasium Sorbate

Potatoes

Illegal

Poultry

Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients

Primal Defense

Illegal

Primost Cheese

Illegal

Protein Powder

Illegal

Provolone Cheese

Prunes

Psyllium Husks

Illegal

Pumpkin

Fresh Only, Stay Away From Canned

Q

Quinoa

Illegal

Quorn

Illegal

R

Raisins

Only Once Symptom Free

Rhubarb

Rice

Illegal

Rice Bran

Illegal

Allowed As A Supplement Filler

Rice Flour

Illegal

Ricotta Cheese

Illegal

Romano Cheese

Occasionally

Roquefort Cheese

Occasionally

Rosemary

Rutabaga

With Caution, As It Is Fibrous

Rye

Illegal

S

Saccharine

Not A Healthy Sweetener Though

Safflower Oil

Sage

Sago Starch

Illegal

Sake

Illegal

Salt

Sashimi

Sauerkraut

Only When Symptom Free

Seaweed

Illegal

Seed Butter

Illegal

Seed Flour

Illegal

Seeds

Only Once Symptom Free For 3 Months

Sesame Oil

Sesame Seeds

Only Once Symptom Free For 3 Months

Sharifa

Shellfish

Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients

Sherry

Illegal

Silica

Silicon Dioxide

Slippery Elm

Illegal

Smoked Meats

Illegal

Unless Prepared With No Added Sugar

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Starch Glycinate

Illegal

Sorbitol

Illegal

Sour Cream

Illegal

Soy

Illegal

Soy Lecithin

Soy Sauce

Illegal

Soybean Milk

Illegal

Soybean Oil

Illegal

Soybeans

Illegal

Spearmint Tea

Spelt

Illegal

Spices

Single Spices Only, No Mixes. Stay Away From Powders. 

Spinach

Spirulina

Illegal

Splenda

Illegal

Split Peas

Prepared According To Btvc

Sprouted Grain Bread

Illegal

Squash

Stevia

Illegal

Stilton Cheese

Occasionally

String Beans

Sucralose

Illegal

Sulphites

Sunflower Oil

Swede

Sweet Potatoes

Illegal

Swiss Cheese

Use Freely 

T

Tabasco Sauce

Illegal

Tagatose

Illegal

Tamari

Illegal

Tamarind

Illegal

Tangerines

Tapioca

Illegal

Tapioca Flour

Illegal

Taro

Illegal

Tarragon

Tea

Peppermint/Spearmint/Ginger, Or Plain Black Tea, Light Only - Not Strong, & Green Tea Up To 2 Cups Daily

Thyme

Tofu

Illegal

Tofutti Cheese

Illegal

Tomato

Fresh Only, Stay Away From Canned

Tomato Juice (Canned)

Ingredients Should Read: Tomatoes, Salt

Tomato Paste (Canned)

Illegal

Tomato Puree (Canned)

Illegal

Tomato Sauce (Canned)

Illegal

Triticale

Illegal

Turbinado

Illegal

Turnips

Illegal

V

V8 Juice

Illegal

Vanillin

Stay Away From The Concentrated Form

Vegetable Stearate

Vegetables (Canned)

Illegal

Fresh Or Frozen Only

Vinegar

See Reference Above In Regards To Balsamic Vinegar

Vodka

Occasionally

W

Walnut Oil

Walnuts

Unsalted Only

Wasabi

With Clean Ingredients Only

Water Chestnuts

Illegal

Watercress

Watermelon

Wheat

Illegal

Wheat Germ

Illegal

Whisky

Occasionally

Wine

Very Dry Wines Only

X

Xanthum Gum

Illegal

Xylitol

Illegal

Y

Yams

Illegal

Yogurt (Homemade)

Must Be Homemade, No Commercial

Yucca Root

Illegal

Z

Zucchini

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