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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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Safflower oil
Sago starch Illegal
Sake Illegal

It is not a distilled spirit like Vodka and it is the distillation that removes the illegals - Seth
Both sweet and dry sake still have sugar and actually the dry sake has more sugar than the sweet sake but you can't taste it because of the acidity. - Kim

Salt Ordinary iodized table salt, altho it sometimes has dextrose, is legal because it is important to get that iodine
Sashimi (Japanese sushi-style raw fish served all by itself w/o rice)
saukerkraut Only for advanced SCD'ers
Seaweed Illegal Seaweed is high in polysaccharides and therefore illegal.
Seed Butters Illegal Seed Butters
Seed Flour Illegal It is not allowed because the quantity of the flour way surpasses the few seeds that Elaine had in mind when she said "seeds are permissible after 3 months of no symptoms."
Seeds Permissible after 3 months of no symptoms.
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds Illegal Sesame seeds
Sharifa Also known as custard apple or cherimoya
Shellfish Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
Sherry Illegal
Silica (supplement ingredient)
Silicon Dioxide (supplement ingredient)
Slippery elm 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.
Smoked meats Illegal Unless you know with certainty that no sugar has been added during the smoking process, they are not permitted.
Sodium Benzoate (supplement ingredient)
Sodium starch glycinate Illegal
Sorbitol 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.
Sour cream Illegal
Soy Illegal See - Soy
Soy Lecithin Derived from soy (illegal). There is plenty of good lecithin in egg yolks, and Elaine sees no particular need to take it outside of a whole food. Also see Carlsons fish oil
Soy Sauce Illegal Soy sauce is a fermented soy product and also contains wheat so it is illegal.
Soybean milk Illegal
Soybean oil Illegal
Soybeans Illegal
Spearmint Tea
Spelt Illegal
Spices Spices of all kinds may be used, but avoid spice mixtures; buy spices separately.
Spirulina Illegal We do not use algae (Spirulina) because IBD involves the immune system and can aggravate an already disturbed immune system.
Splenda Illegal There are several reasons why it is illegal, see Splenda
Split peas Dried legumes must be prepared according to the instructions in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
Sprouted Grain Bread Illegal
Squash Both winter and summer squashes are legal.
Stevia Illegal

Its molecular structure resembles a steroid and the effects are unknown. See, Stevia

Stilton cheese May be used occasionally.
String beans Also called Green Beans
Sucralose Illegal There are several reasons why it is illegal, see Splenda

When a fruit such as peaches (dried) and coconut is sulphated, it means it has been exposed to sulphur to keep the color from darkening. Some people are allergic to sulphated products but most of us are not bothered by them.

Sunflower oil
Swede Another name for rutabaga
Sweet Potatoes Illegal
Swiss cheese May be used freely.
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