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SCD Legal/Illegal List

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 Q R S T V W X Y Z
A
Legal
Acorn Squash
Legal
Illegal
Agar-Agar
Illegal
Illegal
Agave Syrup
Illegal
Illegal
Algae
Illegal
Legal
Allspice
Legal
Legal
Almond Butter
Legal
Legal
Almond Milk
Legal
Only Homemade
Legal
Almond Oil
Legal
Legal
Almonds
Legal
Unsalted Only
Illegal
Aloe Vera
Illegal
Illegal
Amaranth Flour
Illegal
Legal
Anchovies
Legal
Legal
Apple Cider
Legal
Illegal
Apple Juice
Illegal
Legal
Apples
Legal
Legal
Apricots
Legal
Illegal
Arrowroot
Illegal
Legal
Artichokes (French)
Legal
Illegal
Artichokes (Jerusalem)
Illegal
Legal
Ascorbic Acid
Legal
Legal
Asiago Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Asparagus
Legal
Only Fresh Or Frozen.
Legal
Aspartic Acid
Legal
Illegal
Astragalus
Illegal
Legal
Avocado Oil
Legal
Legal
Avocadoes
Legal
 
B
Legal
Bacon
Legal
Sugar-Free Only
Illegal
Baker'S Yeast
Illegal
Illegal
Baking Powder
Illegal
Legal
Baking Soda
Legal
Illegal
Balsamic Vinegar
Illegal
Unless Aged For 15+ Yrs & Sugar-Free
Legal
Bananas
Legal
Illegal
Bark Tea
Illegal
Illegal
Barley
Illegal
Legal
Basil
Legal
Legal
Bay Leaf
Legal
Illegal
Bean Flour
Illegal
Illegal
Bean Sprouts
Illegal
Illegal
Bee Pollen
Illegal
Raw Honey Is Illegal
Legal
Beef
Legal
Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients
Illegal
Beer
Illegal
Legal
Beets
Legal
Legal
Berries
Legal
Illegal
Bhindi
Illegal
Illegal
Bitter Gourd
Illegal
Legal
Black Beans
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Illegal
Black Eye Beans
Illegal
Legal
Black Radish
Legal
With Caution, As It Is Fibrous
Legal
Blue Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Bok Choy
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Illegal
Bologna
Illegal
Illegal
Bouillon Cubes
Illegal
Legal
Bourbon
Legal
Occasionally
Illegal
Brandy
Illegal
Legal
Brazil Nuts
Legal
Unsalted Only
Legal
Brick Cheese
Legal
Use Freely
Legal
Brie Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Broccoli
Legal
Legal
Brussell Sprouts
Legal
Illegal
Buckwheat
Illegal
Illegal
Bulgur
Illegal
Illegal
Burdock Root
Illegal
Legal
Butter
Legal
Illegal
Butter Beans
Illegal
Illegal
Buttermilk
Illegal
Legal
Butternut Squash
Legal
 
C
Legal
Cabbage
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Legal
Camembart Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Illegal
Canellini Beans
Illegal
Legal
Canned Fish
Legal
With Clean Ingredients Only
Illegal
Canned Fruits
Illegal
Unless Canned In Its Own Juice
Illegal
Canned Vegetables
Illegal
Legal
Canola Oil
Legal
Not A Healthy Oil Though
Legal
Cantaloupe
Legal
Legal
Capers
Legal
Illegal
Carob
Illegal
Illegal
Carrageenan
Illegal
Legal
Carrots
Legal
Legal
Cashews
Legal
Unsalted Only
Legal
Cauliflower
Legal
With Caution, As It Is Hard To Digest
Legal
Celery Root/Celeriac
Legal
With Caution, As It Is Fibrous
Legal
Celery
Legal
Legal
Cellulose (In Supplements)
Legal
Illegal
Cellulose Gum
Illegal
Legal
Chard
Legal
With Caution, As It Is Hard To Digest
Legal
Cheddar Cheese
Legal
Use Freely
Legal
Cherimoya
Legal
Legal
Cherries
Legal
Illegal
Chestnut Flour
Illegal
Legal
Chestnuts
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Illegal
Chevre
Illegal
Illegal
Chewing Gum
Illegal
Illegal
Chia Seeds
Illegal
Illegal
Chick Peas
Illegal
Illegal
Chickory Root
Illegal
Illegal
Chlorella
Illegal
Illegal
Chocolate
Illegal
Legal
Cilantro
Legal
Legal
Cinnamon
Legal
Legal
Citric Acid
Legal
Legal
Club Soda
Legal
Legal
Cocoa Butter
Legal
Illegal
Cocoa Powder
Illegal
Legal
Coconut
Legal
Legal
Coconut Milk
Legal
Nature'S Value Brand
Legal
Coconut Oil
Legal
Legal
Coffee (Not Instant)
Legal
Light Coffee Only, Not Strong
Illegal
Coffee (Instant)
Illegal
Legal
Colby Cheese
Legal
Use Freely
Legal
Collard Greens
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Illegal
Cordials
Illegal
Illegal
Corn
Illegal
Legal
Corn Oil
Legal
Illegal
Corn Syrup
Illegal
Illegal
Cornstarch
Illegal
Illegal
Cottage Cheese
Illegal
Legal
Cranberry Juice
Legal
Pure With No Added Sugar
Illegal
Cream
Illegal
Unless Fermented For 24 Hrs
Illegal
Cream Cheese
Illegal
Illegal
Cream Of Tartar
Illegal
Illegal
Croscomellose Sodium
Illegal
Legal
Cucumbers
Legal
Legal
Custard Apple
Legal
Legal
Cyclamate
Legal
 
D
Illegal
Date Sugar
Illegal
Legal
Dates
Legal
Loosely Packed Medjool Or California Only
Illegal
Decaffeinated Products
Illegal
Illegal
Dextrose
Illegal
Illegal
Dried Milk Solids
Illegal
Illegal
Drumsticks
Illegal
Legal
Dry Curd Cottage Cheese
Legal
Also Known As Farmer'S Cheese
Illegal
Durum Flour
Illegal
 
E
Legal
Echinacea
Legal
Legal
Edam Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Eggplant
Legal
Legal
Eggs
Legal
Illegal
Empower
Illegal
Legal
Ethanol
Legal
Illegal
Evaporated Cane Juice
Illegal
Illegal
Ezekiel Bread
Illegal
 
F
Illegal
Faba Beans
Illegal
Illegal
Fenugreek
Illegal
Legal
Feta Cheese
Legal
In Small Amounts 6+ Months Into The Diet And Symptom Free
Legal
Figs
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Legal
Filberts
Legal
Unsalted Only
Legal
Fish
Legal
Illegal
Flax Seeds
Illegal
Legal
Flax Seed Oil
Legal
Illegal
Flour
Illegal
Illegal
Fos
Illegal
Legal
Fowl
Legal
Illegal
Frozen Orange Juice (Concentrate)
Illegal
Illegal
Fructose
Illegal
Legal
Fruits
Legal
Fresh Or Frozen, Or Canned In Its Own Juice
 
G
Illegal
Garbanzo Beans
Illegal
Illegal
Garfava Flour
Illegal
Legal
Garlic
Legal
Stay Away From Garlic Powder
Legal
Gelatin (Unflavored)
Legal
Legal
Ghee
Legal
Legal
Gin
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Ginger
Legal
Illegal
Gjetost Cheese
Illegal
Illegal
Glucose
Illegal
Legal
Glycerin
Legal
Legal
Glycerol
Legal
Illegal
Goatein
Illegal
Legal
Gorgonzola Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Gouda Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Grape Juice
Legal
White Or Dark With No Added Sugars Diluted In Water
Legal
Grapefruit
Legal
Legal
Grapefruit Juice
Legal
Fresh Only Diluted In Water
Legal
Grapes
Legal
Legal
Grapeseed Oil
Legal
Legal
Green Tea
Legal
Up To 2 Cups Daily
Legal
Gruyere Cheese
Legal
Illegal
Guar Gum
Illegal
Illegal
Gums
Illegal
 
H
Legal
Ham
Legal
Cured With Salt Only
Legal
Haricot Beans
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free
Legal
Havarti Cheese
Legal
Use Freely
Legal
Hazelnuts
Legal
Unsalted Only
Illegal
Hemp Seeds, Hemp Protein Powder
Illegal
Legal
Hn-Zyme
Legal
Legal
Homemade Yogurt
Legal
Very Beneficial
Legal
Honey
Legal
Filtered And Clear To The Eye, No Raw
Illegal
Hot Dogs
Illegal
Unless Made According To Scd Standards
Illegal
Hydrolyzed Protein
Illegal
 
I
Illegal
Inositol
Illegal
Illegal
Inulin
Illegal
Illegal
Iron Supplements
Illegal
Unless It Is Chelated Iron
Illegal
Isoglucose
Illegal
 
J
Illegal
Jaggery
Illegal
Legal
Jalapenos
Legal
Illegal
Jicama
Illegal
Illegal
Juice From Concentrate
Illegal
 
K
Legal
Kale
Legal
Illegal
Kefir
Illegal
Illegal
Ketchup
Illegal
Unless Made According To Scd Standards
Legal
Kidney Beans
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free
Legal
Kimchi
Legal
Legal
Kiwi Fruit
Legal
Illegal
Kohlrabi
Illegal
Illegal
Konjac
Illegal
Illegal
Kudzu
Illegal
Legal
Kumquats
Legal
Illegal
Kyogreen Powder
Illegal
Legal
Kidney Beans
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free
 
L
Legal
L-Theanine
Legal
Check Ingredients Carefully & Introduce Slowly
Illegal
Lactaid Milk
Illegal
Illegal
Lactose Hydrolyzed Milk
Illegal
Legal
Lamb
Legal
Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients
Legal
Lecithin
Legal
Legal
Leek
Legal
Legal
Lemons
Legal
Legal
Lentils
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc
Legal
Lettuce
Legal
Legal
Leucine
Legal
Illegal
Licorice
Illegal
Illegal
Lignin
Illegal
Legal
Lima Beans
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free
Legal
Limburger Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Limes
Legal
Illegal
Liqueurs
Illegal
Illegal
Liquid Clorychlorophyll
Illegal
 
M
Legal
Macadamia Nuts
Legal
Legal
Macadamia Oil
Legal
Legal
Magnesium Citrate
Legal
Legal
Magnesium Stearate
Legal
Illegal
Maltitol
Illegal
Illegal
Maltodextrin
Illegal
Legal
Manchego Cheese
Legal
Legal
Mangoes
Legal
Illegal
Mannitol
Illegal
Illegal
Maple Syrup
Illegal
Illegal
Margarine
Illegal
Illegal
Marshmallow
Illegal
Illegal
Mastic Gum
Illegal
Illegal
Mead
Illegal
Legal
Meats
Legal
Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients
Illegal
Melatonin
Illegal
Legal
Melon
Legal
Illegal
Milk
Illegal
Illegal
Millet
Illegal
Illegal
Miracle Noodles
Illegal
Illegal
Miso
Illegal
Illegal
Molasses
Illegal
Illegal
Molo-Cure
Illegal
Legal
Monterey Jack Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Illegal
Mozzarella Cheese
Illegal
Occasionally
Illegal
Msg
Illegal
Illegal
Mucilaginous Herbs
Illegal
Illegal
Mucilaginous Polysaccharides
Illegal
Legal
Muenster Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Illegal
Mungbeans
Illegal
Legal
Mushrooms
Legal
Legal
Mustard (Plain)
Legal
Check Ingredients Carefully
 
N
Illegal
Natural Flavors
Illegal
Legal
Navy Beans
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc & Only When Symptom Free
Legal
Nectarines
Legal
Illegal
Nettles
Illegal
Illegal
Neufchatel Cheese
Illegal
Illegal
Noni Juice
Illegal
Legal
Nutmeg
Legal
 
O
Illegal
Oats
Illegal
Illegal
Okra
Illegal
Legal
Olive Oil
Legal
Legal
Olives
Legal
Check Ingredients Carefully
Legal
Onions
Legal
Stay Away From Onion Powder
Legal
Orange Juice
Legal
From The Refrigerator Section Only With No Added Ingredients Such As Tropicana'S Original
Legal
Oranges
Legal
Legal
Oregano
Legal
 
P
Legal
Papaya
Legal
Illegal
Pappadum
Illegal
Legal
Paprika
Legal
Legal
Parmesan
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Parsley
Legal
Illegal
Parsnips
Illegal
Legal
Passion Fruit
Legal
Illegal
Pasta
Illegal
Illegal
Pau'Arco
Illegal
Illegal
Pea Flour
Illegal
Legal
Peaches
Legal
Illegal
Peanut Butter
Illegal
Sugar-Free Only
Legal
Peanut Oil
Legal
Legal
Peanuts
Legal
Unsalted Only & Only Once Symptom Free
Legal
Pears
Legal
Legal
Peas
Legal
Legal
Pecans
Legal
Unsalted Only
Illegal
Pectin
Illegal
Legal
Peppermint Tea
Legal
Legal
Peppers
Legal
Legal
Peptizyde
Legal
Legal
Persimmons
Legal
Legal
Phosphatidylcholine
Legal
Legal
Pickles (Dill)
Legal
With Clean Ingredients Only
Legal
Pine Nuts
Legal
Hard To Digest, May Be Tried Very Cautiously In Small Amounts Once Symptom Free
Legal
Pineapple
Legal
Illegal
Pineapple Juice
Illegal
Illegal
Pinto Beans
Illegal
Legal
Pistachio Nuts
Legal
Unsalted Only & Only Once Symptom Free
Illegal
Plantains
Illegal
Legal
Plums
Legal
Illegal
Polysorbate 80
Illegal
Illegal
Pomegranate Concentrate
Illegal
Legal
Pork
Legal
Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients
Legal
Pork Rinds
Legal
Plain With Clean Ingredients
Legal
Port Du Salut Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Illegal
Port Wine
Illegal
Illegal
Postum
Illegal
Legal
Pottasium Sorbate
Legal
Illegal
Potatoes
Illegal
Legal
Poultry
Legal
Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients
Illegal
Primal Defense
Illegal
Illegal
Primost Cheese
Illegal
Illegal
Protein Powder
Illegal
Legal
Provolone Cheese
Legal
Legal
Prunes
Legal
Illegal
Psyllium Husks
Illegal
Legal
Pumpkin
Legal
Fresh Only, Stay Away From Canned
 
Q
Illegal
Quinoa
Illegal
Illegal
Quorn
Illegal
 
R
Legal
Raisins
Legal
Only Once Symptom Free
Legal
Rhubarb
Legal
Illegal
Rice
Illegal
Illegal
Rice Bran
Illegal
Allowed As A Supplement Filler
Illegal
Rice Flour
Illegal
Illegal
Ricotta Cheese
Illegal
Legal
Romano Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Roquefort Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Rosemary
Legal
Legal
Rutabaga
Legal
With Caution, As It Is Fibrous
Illegal
Rye
Illegal
 
S
Legal
Saccharine
Legal
Not A Healthy Sweetener Though
Legal
Safflower Oil
Legal
Legal
Sage
Legal
Illegal
Sago Starch
Illegal
Illegal
Sake
Illegal
Legal
Salt
Legal
Legal
Sashimi
Legal
Legal
Sauerkraut
Legal
Only When Symptom Free
Illegal
Seaweed
Illegal
Illegal
Seed Butter
Illegal
Illegal
Seed Flour
Illegal
Legal
Seeds
Legal
Only Once Symptom Free For 3 Months
Legal
Sesame Oil
Legal
Legal
Sesame Seeds
Legal
Only Once Symptom Free For 3 Months
Legal
Sharifa
Legal
Legal
Shellfish
Legal
Fresh & Frozen Only With Clean Ingredients
Illegal
Sherry
Illegal
Legal
Silica
Legal
Legal
Silicon Dioxide
Legal
Illegal
Slippery Elm
Illegal
Illegal
Smoked Meats
Illegal
Unless Prepared With No Added Sugar
Legal
Sodium Benzoate
Legal
Illegal
Sodium Starch Glycinate
Illegal
Illegal
Sorbitol
Illegal
Illegal
Sour Cream
Illegal
Illegal
Soy
Illegal
Legal
Soy Lecithin
Legal
Illegal
Soy Sauce
Illegal
Illegal
Soybean Milk
Illegal
Illegal
Soybean Oil
Illegal
Illegal
Soybeans
Illegal
Legal
Spearmint Tea
Legal
Illegal
Spelt
Illegal
Legal
Spices
Legal
Single Spices Only, No Mixes. Stay Away From Powders.
Legal
Spinach
Legal
Illegal
Spirulina
Illegal
Illegal
Splenda
Illegal
Legal
Split Peas
Legal
Prepared According To Btvc
Illegal
Sprouted Grain Bread
Illegal
Legal
Squash
Legal
Illegal
Stevia
Illegal
Legal
Stilton Cheese
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
String Beans
Legal
Illegal
Sucralose
Illegal
Legal
Sulphites
Legal
Legal
Sunflower Oil
Legal
Legal
Swede
Legal
Illegal
Sweet Potatoes
Illegal
Legal
Swiss Cheese
Legal
Use Freely
 
T
Illegal
Tabasco Sauce
Illegal
Illegal
Tagatose
Illegal
Illegal
Tamari
Illegal
Illegal
Tamarind
Illegal
Legal
Tangerines
Legal
Illegal
Tapioca
Illegal
Illegal
Tapioca Flour
Illegal
Illegal
Taro
Illegal
Legal
Tarragon
Legal
Legal
Tea
Legal
Peppermint/Spearmint/Ginger, Or Plain Black Tea, Light Only - Not Strong, & Green Tea Up To 2 Cups Daily
Legal
Thyme
Legal
Illegal
Tofu
Illegal
Illegal
Tofutti Cheese
Illegal
Legal
Tomato
Legal
Fresh Only, Stay Away From Canned
Legal
Tomato Juice (Canned)
Legal
Ingredients Should Read: Tomatoes, Salt
Illegal
Tomato Paste (Canned)
Illegal
Illegal
Tomato Puree (Canned)
Illegal
Illegal
Tomato Sauce (Canned)
Illegal
Illegal
Triticale
Illegal
Illegal
Turbinado
Illegal
Illegal
Turnips
Illegal
 
V
Illegal
V8 Juice
Illegal
Legal
Vanillin
Legal
Stay Away From The Concentrated Form
Legal
Vegetable Stearate
Legal
Illegal
Vegetables (Canned)
Illegal
Fresh Or Frozen Only
Legal
Vinegar
Legal
See Reference Above In Regards To Balsamic Vinegar
Legal
Vodka
Legal
Occasionally
 
W
Legal
Walnut Oil
Legal
Legal
Walnuts
Legal
Unsalted Only
Legal
Wasabi
Legal
With Clean Ingredients Only
Illegal
Water Chestnuts
Illegal
Legal
Watercress
Legal
Legal
Watermelon
Legal
Illegal
Wheat
Illegal
Illegal
Wheat Germ
Illegal
Legal
Whisky
Legal
Occasionally
Legal
Wine
Legal
Very Dry Wines Only
 
X
Illegal
Xanthum Gum
Illegal
Illegal
Xylitol
Illegal
 
Y
Illegal
Yams
Illegal
Legal
Yogurt (Homemade)
Legal
Must Be Homemade, No Commercial
Illegal
Yucca Root
Illegal
 
Z
Legal
Zucchini
Legal
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