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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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Tabasco sauce Illegal Only the original red Tabasco sauce, labeled "McIlhenny Company Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce" is legal but as with all manufactured products check the ingredients. The other Tabasco styles all have sugars and gums added.
Tagatose Illegal
Tamari Illegal It is made from soy
Tamarind Illegal See, Tamarind
Tapioca Illegal It is a starch, therefore illegal.
Tapioca Flour Illegal
Taro Illegal It has much too much starch in it and is very similar to potatoes.

Ordinary black tea is legal but should be made weak.
Instant tea,Ojibwa tea (Essiac), many herbal teas, teas made from bark etc are full of polysaccharides and are illegal. Peppermint and spearmint herb teas are legal, and you can make a tea from ginger which is also legal.

Tofu Illegal It is made from soy
Tofutti cheese Illegal
tomato Canned tomatoes are illegal.
Tomato juice (canned) Should only have salt added. Also see Tomato Juice - canned
Tomato paste (canned) Illegal
Tomato purée (canned) Illegal
Tomato sauce (canned) Illegal
Triticale Illegal
Turbinado Illegal It is liquid cane sugar, therefore it is illegal.
Turnips Illegal In the most recent printing of BTVC (Ninth Printing - May 2002), turnips were moved from the 'allowed' list to the 'not allowed' list.
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