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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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Macadamia nuts
Macadamia oil Makes the best tasting mayo - Deborah.  Withstands heat well
Magnesium citrate (As a supplement ingredient)
Magnesium Stearate (As a supplement ingredient)
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.
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.
Manchego Cheese
Mangoes
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.
Maple syrup Illegal Maple syrup is a disaccharide.
Margarine Illegal
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.
Mastic gum Illegal
Mead Illegal If homemade and ingredients are honey and yeast, commercial is likely to have sugar added and is illegal
Meats All fesh or frozen meats with no additives or processing are legal including beef, lamb, pork, liver, kidney, oxtail and tongue
Meats (canned) Illegal
Meats (processed) Illegal Most have additives such as starch, lactose and sugar e.g. hot dogs, turkey loaf, spiced ham, bologna, smoked meats.
Melatonin Illegal
Melon All types are Legal
Milk Illegal Fluid milk of any kind is not permitted.
Millet Illegal
Miracle Noodles Illegal

Made of glucomannan, a  water-soluble polysaccharide.  Glucommanan is obtained from the root of an Asian plant called konjac (full name Amorphophallus konjac). It has been nicknamed the elephant yam, and also called konjaku, konnyaku, or the konnyaku potato.

Miso Illegal
Molasses Illegal
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.
Monterey Jack cheese May be used occasionally.
Mozzarella cheese Illegal
MSG Illegal Regardless of whether it is SCD™ legal or not, we should all try to avoid it. MSG can be a potent neurotoxin.
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.
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.
Muenster cheese May be used occasionally.
Mungbeans Illegal
Mushrooms
Mustard (plain) Mustard is legal as long as it doesn't contain illegal ingredients; read the labels carefully.
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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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