SCD, or the specific carbohydrate diet, is a dietary program designed to help manage chronic digestive diseases including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, chronic diarrhea and cystic fibrosis. However, the diet is safe and healthy for all individuals, according to the SCD website. When it comes to carbs, SCD allows only monosaccharides -- or simple carbohydrates that consist of a single sugar molecule and are easily digested. Complex carbohydrates, which include disaccharides and polysaccharides, are not allowed.

SCD Basics

SCD-Approved Proteins and Cheeses

SCD-Approved Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetables allowed on SCD include:

  • acorn squash
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • broccoli
  • butternut squash
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • collard greens
  • cucumbers
  • eggplant
  • jalapenos
  • kale
  • mushrooms
  • olives
  • onions
  • peas
  • peppers
  • dill pickles
  • pumpkins
  • rhubarb
  • rutabaga
  • spinach
  • squash
  • wasabi
  • watercress
  • zucchini

SCD-Approved Nuts

SCD-Approved Oils and Vinegars

SCD-Approved Seasonings and Sweeteners

Sweeteners including aspartame, honey and saccharine are SCD approved.

SCD-Approved Drinks

SCD approved drinks include:

  • club soda
  • coffee
  • coconut milk
  • cranberry juice
  • green tea
  • fresh orange juice
  • peppermint tea,
  • other types of tea
The Wrap Up

SCD approved drinks include club soda, coffee, coconut milk, cranberry juice, green tea, fresh orange juice, peppermint tea, and other types of tea. Since humans have consumed many of the food staples included in the modern diet, such as grains, legumes, starches, pastas and breads, for only the last 10,000 years, these foods are not easily digested and can thus cause a range of health problems including obesity, brain disorders and bowel disorders, notes the SCD website, which also adds that the specific carbohydrate diet has been clinically tested for over 50 years with credible results. Meat, including anchovies, bacon, beef, fish, fowl, lamb, pork, poultry, shellfish, as well as eggs, and homemade yogurt are allowed.

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