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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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Cabbage 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.
Camembert cheese May be used occasionally.
Canellini beans Illegal
Canned fish Canned in oil or water is acceptable but check the labels carefully. Do not buy products containing "broth". Usually, the low sodium varieties do not contain "broth".
Canned fruits Illegal Fruits canned in their own juice are allowed.
Canned vegetables Illegal There are no canned vegetables permitted, they must either be fresh or frozen.
Canola oil Legal, but not recommended.
Carob Illegal
Carrageenan Illegal Carrageenan is seaweed and high in polysaccharides, therefore illegal.
Cashews Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
Cauliflower Cauliflower is sometimes hard to digest and should be tried cautiously after some progress has been made on the diet.
Celeriac /celery root However, you should go slow and be careful. It is very fibrous, even if it doesn't seem so when you steam it and mash it.
Cellulose (in supplements) Cellulose in your supplements is okay and virtually impossible to avoid.
Cellulose Gum Illegal
Cereals Illegal However for a hot cereal see SCDrecipe Hot cereal

Chard (red, green, rainbow and swiss). Chard is similar to spinach/celery so it is legal. It also reminds me a bit of the cabbage family so use with caution if gas is still a problem
- Elaine

Cheddar cheese May be used freely.

If a cheese is not a processed cheese (manufactured) but is a cheese that has had a bacterial culture involved with its production and is aged at least 30 days. Elaine says its OK.

Cherimoya Also known as custard apple or sharifa.
Chestnut flour Illegal
Chestnuts May be tried when symptom free. However, if you buy dried chestnuts, soak them and cook them until soft.
Chevre Illegal Chevre is illegal, but you can make a close approximation by dripping goat milk yogurt. Directions can be found at
Chewing gum Illegal Contains things like aspartame, maple or date sugar and other sugar substitutes which are illegal.
Chick peas Illegal
Chickory root Illegal Chickory root is not legal. In my first book, I suggested that it might be used instead of coffee beans. I have since learned that it contains large amounts of fructooligosaccharides.
- Elaine
Chlorella Illegal It is a blue-green algae similar to spirulina
Chocolate Illegal Dr. Haas advised not to use cocoa or chocolate and this still goes, it isn't just the sugar he was worried about.
Citric Acid Citric acid as an additive is OK
Club soda
Cocoa powder Illegal Dr. Haas advised not to use cocoa or chocolate and this still goes, it isn't just the sugar he was worried about.
Coconut Fresh or unsweetened, shredded coconut and coconut flour are all legal.
Coconut milk May be tried after being on the diet for 6 months.
Coconut oil Withstands heat well, good for frying/cooking,
Coffee Coffee should be made very weak. Instant coffee is not allowed.
Coffee (instant) Illegal
Colby cheese May be used freely.
Collard greens Of the cabbage family, introduce late in the diet
Cordials Illegal
Corn Illegal
Corn oil
Corn syrup Illegal
Cornstarch Illegal
Cottage cheese Illegal
Courgette Also known as zucchini
Cranberry juice We use Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice, as it has been checked out and does not have sugar added. It can be found in most health food stores. Juice should be diluted with water before drinking. Since this is pure cranberry juice it is very tart, you may sweeten it with saccharine or honey or dilute it with legal apple cider instead of water.
Cream Illegal It is illegal as it contains lactose. Cream can be added to milk and then fermented to make SCD™24hr yoghurt as the lactsose will be used up in the fermentation. Cream has less lactose than milk and the more fat it contains the less lactose it has.
Cream cheese Illegal
Cream of Tartar Illegal
Croscomellose sodium Illegal
Custard apple Also known as sharifa or cherimoya
Cyclamate It is actually a better alternative than saccharine, if you can get it, because it has no aftertaste. But it's almost impossible to find by itself, and certainly not available in NA.
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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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