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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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Faba beans Illegal
Fenugreek Illegal
Feta Cheese Illegal Feta may be used after about 6 months of improvement. But used only in small amounts.
Figs Figs unpolluted by chemicals or additives are fine, however I find them, especially in dried form; to be a laxative. They also contain hundreds of tiny hard seeds which can be hard on the intestines. I'm still unable to tolerate them after almost a year on the SCD. If I were you I'd leave figs until you've been symptom free for at least a while. - Rob B
Filberts (hazelnuts) Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating. Nuts should only be used as nut flour, in recipes, until diarrhea has subsided.
Fish Fresh and frozen are allowed as long as nothing has been added during processing; check the labels carefully.
Flax seed Illegal See Flax seed and flax seed oil within the Knowledge Base section.
Flax seed oil See Flax seed and flax seed oil within the Knowledge Base section
Flour Illegal
FOS Illegal Also known as fructooligosaccharides. See, FOS in the Knowledge Base section/.
Fowl All types including turkey, chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon etc
Frozen Orange Juice (concentrated) Illegal If orange juice is just frozen and has no additives then it is legal, however frozen orange juice is normally concentrated before freezing and the process to concentrate it makes it illegal see frozen orange juice processing
Fructose (granulated) Illegal
Fruits (canned) Fruits canned in their own juice are allowed.
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