Specific Carbohydrate Diet™
Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has helped many thousands of people with
various forms of bowel disease and other ailments vastly improve
their quality of life. In many cases people consider themselves cured.
is a diet intended mainly for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis,
celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea.
However it is a very healthy, balanced and safe diet that has health
benefits for everyone. The foods that are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ are based on the chemical structure of these foods. Carbohydrates
are classified by their molecular structure.
carbohydrates are monosaccharides and have a single molecule structure
that allow them to be easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex
carbohydrates which are disaccharides (double molecules) and polysaccharides
(chain molecules) are not allowed. Complex carbohydrates that are not
easily digested feed harmful bacteria in our intestines causing them
to overgrow producing by products and inflaming the intestine wall.
The diet works by starving out these bacteria and restoring the balance
of bacteria in our gut.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ is biologically correct because it is species
The allowed foods are mainly those that early man ate before agriculture
began. The diet we evolved to eat over millions of years was predominantly
one of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, low-sugar fruits. Our modern
diet including starches, grains, pasta, legumes, and breads has only
been consumed for a mere 10,000 years. In the last hundred years the
increase in complex sugars and chemical additives in the diet has led
to a huge increase in health problems ranging from severe bowel
disorders to obesity and brain function disorders. We have not adapted
to eat this modern diet as there has not been enough time for natural
selection to operate. It therefore makes sense to eat the diet we evolved
Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ was clinically tested for over 50 years
by Dr Haas
and biochemist Elaine Gottschall with convincing results. From feedback
from the various lists and other information at least 75% of those
who adhere rigidly to the diet gain significant improvement.
out the reviews of the book of the diet by Elaine Gottschall Breaking
The Vicious Cycle
the vast majority give an excellent review.
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