Specific Carbohydrate Diet

The basic SCD principle is restoration of gastro intestinal health through diet. We all know that individuals with Coeliac need to avoid gluten in their diet. What is less well-known is that the damaged digestive tract of many Coeliacs is sensitive to a range of carbohydrates. In fact, in the 1930s Drs. Sidney and Merrill Haas of New York, defined Coeliac as a sensitivity to a range of disaccharides and polysaccharides, not just gluten. Elaine Gotscall later termed this The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) which is effective for managing Coeliac, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and associated anxiety, depression and mood disorders.

The Haas’ also identified an imbalance in microbes in the digestive tract as being a part of Coeliac. Current research is revisiting this theory by looking into the idea that certain overgrowth in bacteria actually drive the expression of the Coeliac gene.

For more on the controversial history of Coeliac’s Disease and for SCD recipes, you can purchase Breaking The Vicious Cycle

Other books with SCD recipes include Healing Foods and Grainfree Gourmet.

For the biomedical perspective on Coeliac, Crohn’s, IBS and Colitis click here

Scientific basis for SCD

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