SCD Legal/Illegal List

Master Legal/Illegal List

CREDIT: EatingSCD.com
EatingSCD.com has compiled a tremendous and useful legal/illegal list that I've included below. While this list is available all over the place, I want to be sure anyone on my blog can quickly reference this if they need to.

item
legality
note
acidophilus milk, commercial
illegal

agar-agar (gelatin made from seaweed)
illegal
a thickener, among other things.
agave syrup
illegal

algae
illegal
aggravates an already disturbed immune system.
allspice
legal
As long as you're just using Allspice as a cooking spice, it's legal. Don't use the oil.
almond butter
legal
almond butter w/ no added sugar
almond milk, home made
legal

almond oil
legal

almonds
legal
Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
aloe vera
illegal
It contains mucilaginous polysaccharides.
amaranth flour
illegal
A grain substitute that contains starches.
anchovies
legal
check label
apple cider
legal
from a local grower - w/o sugars. Cider should be diluted with water before drinking.
apple juice
illegal
poor labeling - unlisted sugars
apples
legal

apricots
legal

arrowroot
illegal
It is a mucilaginous herb.
artichoke
legal
french - not jerusalem which looks like a tuber
ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
legal
should be nothing but vitamin C
asiago cheese
legal
occasionally 
asparagus
legal

aspartame
legal
bad stuff - don't use it anyways
aspartic acid
legal
an amino acid
astragalus
illegal

avocado oil
legal
Good for mayonnaise and salad dressings but might not withstand  heat very well
avocados
legal

bacon
illegal/legal
Commercial smoked bacon that has been fried very crisply is allowed once per week. Sugar-free bacons do not have to be limited to once per week. Check the labels carefully.
baker's yeast
illegal
aka: Saccharamyces cerevisae. In brewing, AKA "top-fermenting yeast and sometimes "ale yeast".
baking powder
illegal
Has starch as an ingredient,  (usually corn starch) and other illegals to make it rise better.
baking soda
legal

balsamic vinegar
illegal/legal
Cheap versions are imitation and illegal. Authentic balsamic vinegar is at least 18 years old and quite expensive, but legal. You can make your own - see www.scdrecipe.com.
bananas
legal
ripe with black spots beginning to appear on skin - no green ends
bark tea
illegal
acts as a laxative.
barley
illegal

basil
legal

bay leaf
legal

bean flour
illegal
must be soaked before grinding - bought varieties are not.
bean sprouts
illegal

bee pollen
illegal
Pollen is irritating  to a damaged gut.
beef
legal
Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
beer
illegal

beets
legal

berries of all kinds
legal
including blueberries
bhindi
illegal
A mucilaginous food. Aka: okra,  drumsticks
bitter gourd
illegal

black azuki bean
illegal
aka: black adzuki, black aduki, asuki
black beans - aka: black turtle, turtle, turtle soup bean, mexican black bean, spanish black bean, frijole negro.
legal
May be tried when symptom free. see prep guidelines in book
black eye beans
illegal

black radish
legal
It is very fibrous, so go slowly and be careful.
blue cheese
legal
occasionally 
boiled chestnuts
legal
mixes not allowed
bok choy
legal
Introduce late in diet.
bologna
illegal

bouillon cubes
illegal

bourbon
legal
occasionally
brazil nuts
legal
mixes not allowed
brick cheese
legal
freely 
brie cheese
legal
occasionally 
broccoli
legal

brussels sprouts
legal

buckwheat
illegal

bulgur
illegal

burdock root
illegal
It contains inulin (FOS) and mucilage.
butter
legal
cultured highly recommended
butter beans
illegal/legal
see notes on lima and fava (faba) beans
buttermilk, commercial
illegal

cabbage
legal
Introduce later in diet.
camembert cheese
legal
occasionally 
canellini beans
illegal

canned fish
legal
canned in oil or water, but no broth
canola oil
illegal
website trumps book
cantaloupe
legal

capers
legal

carob
illegal

carrageenan
illegal
Carrageenan is seaweed and high in polysaccharides, therefore illegal.
carrots
legal

catsup, home made
legal

cauliflower
legal
Introduce later in diet.
celeriac aka: celery root
legal
Very fibrous, Introduce late in diet.
celery
legal

cellulose (in supplements)
legal
Cellulose in your supplements is okay and virtually impossible to avoid.
cellulose gum
illegal

cereals
illegal

chana dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
illegal
aka: chickpea, ceci bean, bengal gram, hummus, chana, channa
chard (red, green, rainbow, swiss)
legal
Similar to spinach/celery. Introduce late in diet.
cheddar cheese, medium
legal
freely 
cheddar cheese, mild
legal
freely 
cheddar cheese, sharp
legal
occasionally 
cherimoya
legal
aka: custard apple or sharifa.
cherries
legal

chestnut flour
illegal/legal
store bought is illegal. Nuts must be soaked like beans before making into flour.
chestnuts
legal
May be tried when symptom free. However, if you buy dried chestnuts, soak them and cook them until soft.
chevre cheese
illegal

chewing gum
illegal

chia seeds a.k.a silvia seeds, silvia hispanica
illegal
mucilaginous
chick peas
illegal
aka: garbanzo beans, ceci bean, bengal gram, hummus, chana, channa
chickory root
illegal
(previously legal)
chlorella
illegal
 It is a blue-green  algae similar to spirulina
chocolate
illegal

cilantro
legal

cinnamon
legal

citric acid
legal
citric acid as and additive is okay
club soda
legal

cocoa
illegal

coconut
legal
Fresh or unsweetened. Shredded and flour are legal
coconut flour
legal

coconut milk, home made
legal

coconut oil
legal

coffee substitutes
illegal
most have malt added
coffee, instant
illegal

coffee, very weak
legal

colby cheese
legal
freely 
collard greens
legal
of the cabbage family, introduce late in diet.
corn
illegal

corn oil
legal

corn syrup
illegal

cornstarch
illegal

cottage cheese, regular
illegal

courgette - aka: zucchini
legal

cranberry juice
legal
Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice, has been checked out legal. Juice should be diluted with water before drinking.
cream
illegal
but can be used in making yogurt
cream cheese
illegal

cream of tartar
illegal

croscarmellose sodium
illegal

cucumbers
legal

custard apple
legal
aka: sharifa or cherimoya
cyclamate
legal
Better alternative than saccharine, because it has no aftertaste. Was suspected of cancer in 1966.
date sugar
illegal

dates
legal
only loose california or Medjool dates - no sticky dates as these are sweetened
decaffeinated products
illegal
process may introduce illegals
dextrose
illegal
although a monosaccharide, they are often packaged with other sugars that aren't on the label
diet soft drink,
any other sweetener
illegal

diet soft drink,
aspartame or Nutra-Sweet
illegal/legal
should be avoided if possible as may contain lactose. Otherwise 1 per week
diet soft drink, saccharin
legal
2-3 a week
dill pickles
legal
w/o added sugars, etc.
dried milk solids
illegal

drumsticks
illegal
aka: okra, bhindi
dry curd cottage cheese
legal

durum flour
illegal
it's a wheat flour
echinacea
legal
Especially if it is in Alcohol, but even it is in pill form with a bit of lactose. It can be very helpful if a cold or flu is coming on.
edam cheese
legal
occasionally 
eggplant
legal

eggs
legal

elemental spices
legal
cinnamon, nutmeg, etc
EMPower
illegal
has many illegal ingredients
enzyme treated milk
illegal
except as noted in book, ch 9
ethanol
legal
aka: alcohol -the kind in gin, etc.
ethanol
legal
found in supplements
evaporated cane juice
illegal
aka: sugar
ezekiel bread
illegal
sprouted grain breads are illegal
faba (fava) beans
illegal
aka: broad bean, fava, horse bean, field bean, tic, Windsor, English, fool, foul, ful, feve, haba, habas and butter bean. See note on lima beans for additional confusion.
fenugreek
illegal

feta cheese
illegal*
allowed in small amounts after symptons cease for 6 months
figs
legal
can be difficult to digest and laxative
filberts aka: hazelnuts
legal
mixes not allowed
fish
legal
Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
flax seed
illegal

flax seed oil
legal
in small amounts
flour
illegal

fluid milk of any kind
illegal
but can be used in making yogurt
food glaze
illegal
found in supplements
FOS (fructooligosaccharides)
illegal
found in supplements
fowl
legal
all types including turkey, chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, pigeon, etc. Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
frozen concentrated orange juice
illegal
concentrating makes it illegal
fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
illegal
see SCD book
fructose (granulated or liquid)
illegal
although a monosaccharide, they are often packaged with other sugars that aren't on the label
fruits, canned
illegal/legal
 only if own juice
garbanzo beans
illegal
aka: chickpea, ceci bean, bengal gram, hummus, chana, channa
garfava flour
illegal
made from garbanzo and fava (faba) beans
garlic
legal
fresh - powders have starches
garlic powder
illegal
starch base - make home made
gelatin (unflavored)
legal

ghee
legal
aka: clarified butter
gin
legal
occasionally
ginger
legal

gjetost cheese
illegal

illegal
although a monosaccharide, they are often packaged with other sugars that aren't on the label
glucose candy
illegal

glycerin
legal
widely used additive for food, cosmetics, etc.
glycerol
legal
widely used additive for food, cosmetics, etc.
goatein
illegal
a protein powder
gorgonzola cheese
legal
occasionally 
gouda cheese
legal
occasionally 
grape juice, white or dark
legal
not frozen. Welch's purple and white best.
grapefruit
legal
fresh
grapefruit juice
legal
fresh only
grapefruit juice
legal
Frozen or canned not allowed. Dilute to drink.
grapes
legal

grapeseed oil
legal

great northern bean
illegal
aka: cannellini, white kidney, fazolia
green bean
legal
aka: string bean
gruyere cheese
legal
freely 
guar gum
illegal

gums
illegal
all gums are illegal
ham
illegal/legal
only if cured with salt and legal sweeteners. Check label or get custom smoked.
hard liquor
legal
occasionally
hard liquors: gin, rye, scotch, bourbon, vodka, etc.
legal
occasionally
haricot beans
legal
aka: navy bean, white
havarti cheese
legal
freely 
hazelnuts (filberts)
legal

hemp seed, hemp protein powder
illegal

HN-Zyme
legal

honey
legal
preferably clear, commercial or local. Avoid cloudy as contains pollen.
horseradish sauce
legal
if home made or trusted bought
hot dogs, commercial
illegal
unless home made
hydrolyzed protein aka: MSG
illegal

ice cream
illegal

inositol
illegal
only small amount in supplements are okay
instant soup mixes / bases
illegal

inulin
illegal
Inulin is a FOS
iron supplements
illegal

isoglucose
illegal

jaggery aka: gur
illegal
an unrefined sugar
jalapenos
legal

jicama
illegal

juice boxes
illegal
regardless of ingredients
juice from concentrate (any)
illegal

kala chana - small chickpea w/ brown skin
illegal
aka: chickpea, ceci bean, bengal gram, hummus, chana, channa
kale
legal

kefir
legal
but not recommended. See BTVC site.
ketchup, commercial
illegal

ketchup, home made
legal

kidney beans - aka: red bean, rajma dal
legal

kimchi
legal

kiwi
legal

kohlrabi
illegal

kudzu (or kuzu)
illegal
it's a mucilaginous herb
kumquats
legal

KyoGreen powder
illegal

l-leucine aka: leucine
legal
found in supplements
L-Theanine
legal

Lactaid milk
illegal
aka: lactose hydrolyzed milk
lamb
legal
Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
lecithin
legal

leek
legal

lemons
legal

lentil flour
illegal
must be soaked before grinding - bought varieties are not.
lentils - aka: lens, masoor
legal
see prep guidelines in book
lettuce of all kinds
legal

licorice
illegal
both a demulcent and laxative
lignin
illegal

lima beans - fresh or dried.
legal
aka: madagascar, wax, butter beans - but be careful as favas (illegal) can be called "butter beans" as well.
limburger cheese
legal
occasionally 
limes
legal

liquid clorychlorophyll
illegal

macadamia nuts
legal

macadamia oil
legal

magnesium citrate
legal
as a supplement ingredient
magnesium stearate
legal
as a supplement ingredient
malitol
illegal
sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol are all sugar alcohols
maltodextrin
illegal

manchego cheese
legal
no note on site re: frequency
mangoes
legal

mannitol
illegal
sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol are all sugar alcohols
maple syrup
illegal

margarine
illegal
milk solids, whey
marshmallow
illegal
A mucilaginous herb
masoor dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
legal
aka: red lentil
mastic gum
illegal

mead - home made
legal
not commercial
meats - canned
illegal

meats - processed
illegal

medications with
added carbohydrates
illegal/legal
avoid if possible
melatonin
illegal

melons - all types
legal

methyl cellulose
legal
found in supplements
microcrystalline cellulose
legal
found in supplements
millet
illegal

miso
illegal

mixed nuts
illegal
Nuts sold in mixtures are not allowed, as most are roasted with a starch coating.
molasses
illegal

molo-cure
illegal

montery Jack cheese
legal
occasionally 
mozzarella cheese
illegal

MSG - aka: hydrolyzed protein
illegal

mucilaginous herbs
illegal

mucilaginous polysaccharides
illegal

muenster cheese
legal
occasionally 
mung bean
illegal
aka: mung dal, mash bean, munggo, monggo, green gram, golden gram, green soy
mung dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
illegal
aka: mung bean, mash bean, munggo, monggo, green gram, golden gram, green soy
mushrooms
legal

mustard, plain
legal
not gourmet - read label
natural cheeses
legal
see specific varieties for more
natural flavors
illegal
Natural flavoring can be used to refer to anything.
navy beans - aka: white, haricot, yankee, white pea bean, boston, small white bean, fagioli
legal
see prep guidelines in book
nectarines
legal

nettles
illegal

neufchatel cheese
illegal

noni juice
illegal

nutmeg
legal

nuts in mixtures
illegal
have added starch
oats
illegal

okra
illegal
aka: bhindi, drumsticks
olive oil
legal
highly recommended
olives
legal
w/o added sugars, etc.
onion powder
illegal
starch base - make home made
onions
legal
fresh - powders have starches
orange juice
legal
fresh squeezed - not frozen, but avoid in the a.m. Never from concentrate. Tropicana original has been checked out okay.
oranges
legal

oregano
legal

papayas
legal

pappadum
illegal
They  are an Indian snack made from lentils - they're like  a chip. Also contains rice flour
paprika
legal

parmesan cheese
legal
occasionally 
parsley
legal

parsnips
illegal
formerly legal
passion fruit
legal

pasta, all kinds
illegal

pau d'arco
illegal
aka: bark tea
pea flour
illegal
I imagine it's because it's  not soaked
peaches
legal

peanut butter, natural
legal
without additives of any kind
peanut oil
legal

pears
legal

peas
legal

pecans
legal
mixes not allowed
pectin
illegal

pectin
illegal

peppers
legal
Green, yellow, red, jalapeno, habanera, chili, poblano, relleno, etc.
Peptizyde
legal

persimmons
legal

pickels, dill
legal
check label or make your own
pignoli - aka: pine nuts
legal
hard to digest
pine nuts - aka: pignoli
legal
hard to digest
pineapple juice
legal
canned, frozen or fresh w/o sugar
pineapples
legal

pinto beans
illegal
even with soaking, has wrong kind of starch
pistachio nuts
legal
not roasted  salted as they tend to have starch. Buy raw, unsalted and roast at home.
plant cellulose
legal
found in supplements
plantains
illegal
too much starch
plums
legal

polysorbate  80
illegal

pomegranate concentrate
illegal

pork
legal
Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
pork rinds
legal
check label - plain w/ no added flavorings
port du salut cheese
legal
occasionally 
port wine
illegal
full of sugar
posphatidylcholine
legal
found in eggs
Postum
illegal

potassium sorbate
legal
supplement ingredient
potatoes of all kinds
illegal

poultry
legal
Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
Primal Defense
illegal

primost cheese
illegal

processed cheese
illegal

protein powder
illegal

provolone cheese
legal
no indication of how often
prunes
legal

psyllium husks - aka: ispaghula
illegal
main ingredient in many laxatives
pumpkin
legal
fresh - not canned
quinoa
illegal
a seed
Quorn
illegal

raisins
legal
preferably dark
rajma dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
legal
aka: kidney bean, red bean
raw cashews
legal
mixes not allowed
rhubarb
legal
can be laxative
rice - white or brown
illegal

rice bran
illegal
unless unavoidable in a supplement
rice flour
illegal

ricotta cheese
illegal

roasted peanuts in the shell
legal
shelled are illegal. Mixes are illegal
romano cheese
legal
occasionally 
roquefort cheese
legal
occasionally 
rosemary
legal

rutabaga
legal
aka: swede - very fiberous, go easy
rye (the drink)
legal
occasionally
rye (the grain)
illegal

saccharin
legal

saccharine
legal

safflower oil
legal

sage
legal

sago starch
illegal

sake
illegal
not distilled and therefore contains sugars
salt
legal
Ordinary  iodized table salt, altho it sometimes has dextrose, is legal because it is important to get  that iodine.
sashimi
legal
plain, w/o rice etc.
sauerkraut
legal
only for advanced SCDers
scotch
legal
occasionally
seaweed
illegal

seed butters
legal
in very limited amounts - see web
seeds
illegal/legal
only 3 months after last symptom has disappeared
seeds
legal
okay after 3 months of no symptoms
sesame oil
legal

sesame seeds
legal
okay after 3 months of no symptoms
sharifa
legal
aka: custard apple, cherimoya
shellfish
legal
Fresh and frozen. Check the labels carefully for additives.
sherry
illegal

sherry, cordials, liqueurs or brandy
illegal

silica
legal

silica silicon dioxide
legal
found in supplements
silicon dioxide aka: silica silicon dioxide
legal

silvia seed a.k.a., silvia hispanica, chia seeds
illegal
mucilaginous
slippery elm
illegal
mucilaginous
smoked meats
illegal/legal
unless you are certain of ingredients - i.e. you know the smoker or make your own.
sodium benzoate
legal
supplement ingredient
sodium starch glycinate
illegal

sorbitol
illegal
sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol are all sugar alcohols
sour cream, commercial
illegal

soy
illegal

soy lecithin
illegal

soy sauce
illegal
aka: tamari
soybean milk
illegal

soybean milk
illegal

soybean oil
illegal
website trumps book
soybeans
illegal

sparkling water a.k.a. seltzer water
legal
ingredients: only carbonated water
spelt
illegal

spice mixes
illegal
most contain starches
spice mixtures
illegal
apple pie, curry, etc
spinach
legal

spirulina
illegal

Splenda
illegal

split peas
legal
see prep guidelines in book
sports drinks
illegal

sprouted grain bread
illegal
Ezekiel bread, for instance
squash
legal
summer and winter
starches of any kind
illegal

stevia
illegal

stilton cheese
legal
occasionally 
string beans
legal
aka: green bean
Sucralose
illegal

sugar
illegal
aka: table sugar, white sugar, refined sugar, evaporated cane juice.
sulphates
legal
used on fruits to prevent discoloring
sunflower oil
legal

swede - aka: rutabaga
legal
very fibrous, go easy
sweet potato - aka: yam
illegal

swiss cheese
legal
freely 
Tabasco sauce
legal
Only the original red Tabasco sauce, labeled 'McIlhenny Company Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce' is legal but check the label.
Tagatose
illegal

tahini - aka: sesame seed butter
legal
okay after 3 months of no symptoms
tamari
illegal
aka: soy sauce
tamarind
illegal

tangerines
legal

tapioca
illegal

tapioca flour
illegal
found in supplements
tapioca starch
illegal

taro
illegal

tarragon
legal

tea, green
legal
limited to 2 cups / day
tea, instant
illegal

tea, peppermint
legal
read label
tea, spearmint
legal

tea, weak
legal
Ordinary black tea is legal but should be made weak. Instant tea, Ojibwa tea (Essiac), many herbal teas, teas made from bark etc., are  illegal. Peppermint and spearmint  herb teas are legal, as well as home made ginger tea.
teas, herbal
illegal
tend to be laxative
thyme
legal

tofu
illegal

Tofutti cheese
illegal

tomato juice
legal
only salt added. No V-8.
tomato juice mixtures
illegal

tomato paste, canned
illegal

tomato puree, canned
illegal

tomato sauce, canned
illegal

tomatoes
legal

toor dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
unknown
aka: yellow pigeon pea
Triticale
illegal

turbinado
illegal

turnips
illegal
previously legal
uncreamed cottage cheese
aka: dry curd cottage cheese
legal
freely 
unflavored gelatin
legal

urad dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
unknown
aka: urd bean, urd, urid, black gram, black lentil or white lentil
V8 juice
illegal

val dal (dhal, dahl, daal, daar)
illegal
aka: split lab beans, bonavist, Egyptian, Fugi mame, India bean, hyacinth, field, avarekai, fava
vanillin
legal
but not in pure form
vegetable cellulose
legal
found in supplements
vegetable stearate
legal
a vegetable fat
vegetables, canned
illegal
none - must be fresh or frozen
vinegar, apple cider
legal
not gourmet as these have added sugars. Must be filtered.
vinegar, red or white wine
legal
not gourmet as these have added sugars
vinegar, white
legal
not gourmet as these have added sugars
vodka
legal
occasionally
walnut oil
legal
doesn't withstand heat well
walnuts
legal
mixes not allowed
wasabi
legal
w/o additives or fillers
water chestnuts
illegal

watercress
legal

watermelon
legal

wheat
illegal

wheat germ
illegal

white kidney bean
illegal
aka: cannellini, great northern, fazolia
wine, very dry
legal

Wright's liquid smoke
legal

xanthum gum
illegal

xylitol
illegal
sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol are all sugar alcohols
yam - aka: sweet potato
illegal

yogurt, commercial
illegal
except as a starter for home made yogurt. Danon plain is good. Check label.
yogurt, home made
legal
processed at least 24 hrs. Milk and cream are okay. Cow or goat.
yucca root
illegal

zuchinni - aka: courgette
legal

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