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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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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.

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Bacon 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.
Baker's yeast Illegal Saccharamyces cerevisae is baker's yeast and is illegal.
Baking powder Illegal Has starch as an ingredient, (usually corn starch) and other illegals to make it rise better.
Baking soda
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
Bananas They must be ripe with black spots on the skin.
Bark tea Illegal Bark tea (Pau d'Arco) contains steroidal saponins and is both an immune booster and a laxative.
Barley Illegal
Bay Leaf
Bean flour Illegal Do not use ready made flours made from beans or lentils as they probably weren't soaked prior to grinding to bean flour -
Bean sprouts Illegal
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
Beef Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
Beer Illegal
Berries Berries of all kinds are legal.
Bhindi Illegal No okra (bhindi) or drumsticks, since they are a mucilaginous food, they are illegal.
Bitter Gourd Illegal
Black beans May be tried when symptom free. Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the
book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.'
Black eye beans Illegal
Black radish It is very fibrous, so go slowly and be careful.
Blue cheese May be used occasionally.
Bok Choy 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.
Bologna Illegal
Bouillon cubes Illegal Bouillon cubes and instant soup bases are not permitted.
Bourbon Only have it occasionally.
Brandy Illegal
Brazil nuts Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Brick cheese May be used freely.
Brie cheese May be used occasionally.
Brussell sprouts
Buckwheat Illegal
Bulgur Illegal
Burdock root Illegal It contains inulin (FOS) and mucilage.
Butter beans Illegal
Buttermilk Illegal
Butternut squash
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We got this book after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal. From Day 1, my husband felt better. His spirits are up, and I see the joyful and optimistic man I married returning! He sees the results, and has become absolutely manic about sticking to the diet. During the first few days he was worried about all the things he couldn't eat - now he raves about all the things he still CAN eat, and is loving it all.
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- Anonymous
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