SCD Food List Overview

The food list provided is a simplistic overview of the basic requirements of the diet, offering a bird's eye view of restricted and allowed foods. It is not an all-inclusive list of the allowed and restricted foods, nor does it define all the rules of the diet. This list should NOT be used as a guide to following the diet.

The final stage of SCD is described in the table. While SCD does not have official stages (it does have an introductory diet to last no more than 5 days and a short list of advanced foods) , the stages described on pecanbread.com are often adopted by patients with symptoms and active disease. These stages are not part of the official diet but can be used as a guide when food introduction proves difficult. The SCD allows for introduction of other healthy foods outside the normal parameters of the diet after sustained remission (generally recommended to wait until 1 or 2 years of sustained remission). Because these food additions could be anything tolerated by the patient, they are not included in the food table. Many recommend sticking with the diet as written and not deviating outside the defined parameters, so addition of foods should be considered carefully.

Fish

Allowed

Seafood other than fish, which is listed separately

Allowed

Poultry

Allowed

Red Meat (not processed)

Allowed

Fresh Legumes/beans (peas, green beans, etc)

Allowed

Vegetables other than starchy vegetables and nightshades, which are listed separately

Allowed

Fruits

Allowed

Nuts

Allowed

Honey

Allowed

Eggs

Allowed

Coffee

Allowed

Dried Legumes/Beans

Certain dried legumes allowed: Peanuts, navy beans, lima beans, black beans, lentils, split peas; soaking required

Nightshades (tomatoes, tomatillos, white potatoes [not sweet potatoes], eggplant, peppers, goji berries, etc)

Most allowed: no white potatoes

Dairy

Allows homemade 24-hour yogurt and cheeses aged 30 days or more

Seeds

Most allowed: no chia or flax

Fats/Oils

Most Allowed; No soybean oil, limit processed oils like canola oil

Alcohol

Some allowed: dry wine, vodka, gin, rye, Scotch, bourbon, whiskey

Processed Meat

Exclude

Wheat/Gluten

Exclude

Corn

Exclude

Oats

Exclude

Rice

Exclude

Grains other than wheat, corn, oats, and rice, which are listed separately

Exclude

Starchy Vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, parsnips, etc)

Exclude

Artificial Sweeteners

Exclude

Sweeteners other than honey and artificial sweeteners, which are listed separately

Exclude

Processed Foods/Preservatives/Artificial Additives

Exclude

Cocoa

Exclude

Formula (PEN; eg, Boost®, Ensure®, Pediasure®, Modulen IBD®)

Exclude

Emulsifiers

Exclude

SCD Research

Published Research

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Research Summaries

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Ongoing Trials

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