Specific Carbohydrate Diet

From WikiMD
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is the trademarked name of a highly restrictive diet created by Sidney V. Haas (1870-1964) and later popularized by Elaine Gottschall, the mother of one of Hass's patients.[1] The diet is claimed to treat inflammatory bowel disease and various other gastrointestinal and systemic diseases. However, scientific evidence of the diet's effectiveness is lacking, and the diet may pose a health risk due to reduced nutritional quality.[2]

Details and effectiveness

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet limits the use of complex carbohydrates (disaccharides and polysaccharides). Monosaccharides are allowed, and various foods including fish, aged cheese and honey are included. Prohibited foods include cereal grains, potatoes and lactose-containing dairy products.[1]

The diet is described in Gottschall's 1987 lay book Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet and in supporting websites, in which it is claimed to treat Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic diarrhea and autism.[1] Support for the diet's effectiveness comes from users' testimonials.[2] According to WebMD the diet has not been proven by scientific evidence, may pose a health risk because of its low nutritional quality, and should not be adopted without first consulting a physician.[2] The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America say that "there is no evidence to suggest that any particular food or diet causes, prevents or cures inflammatory bowel disease" and that there have been only limited studies of the SCD in relation to Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.[3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brown, Amy C; Roy, M (2010). "Does evidence exist to include dietary therapy in the treatment of Crohn's disease?". Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 4 (2): 191. doi:10.1586/egh.10.11. Unknown parameter |authorformat= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |author-separator= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |author-name-separator= ignored (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Zelman, KM. "Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Diet Review". WebMD. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. "The Specific Carbohydrate Diet". Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. 1 June 2012. Retrieved January 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

Further reading

  • Brown, Amy C; Rampertab, S Devi; Mullin, Gerard E (2011). "Existing dietary guidelines for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis". Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 5 (3): 411. doi:10.1586/egh.11.29. Unknown parameter |authorformat= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |author-separator= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |author-name-separator= ignored (help)
  • Hall, Sarah E.; Riccio, Cynthia A. (2012). "Complementary and alternative treatment use for autism spectrum disorders". Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 18 (3): 159–63. doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.03.004. PMID 22789791. Unknown parameter |author-separator= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |authorformat= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |author-name-separator= ignored (help)

External links

W8MD weight loss logo

Ad. Tired of being overweight?. W8MD's insurance Weight loss program can HELP*

Weight loss tips | Lose weight King of Prussia, PA | W8MD's medical weight loss | Lose weight New York City | Lose weight Philadelphia | Lose weight NYC | Weight loss Brooklyn NY | Advertise

Quick links: Medicine Portal | Encyclopedia‏‎‏‎ | Gray's Anatomy‏‎ | Topics‏‎ |‏‎ Diseases‏‎ | Drugs | Wellness | Obesity‏‎ | Metabolic syndrome | Weight loss*
Disclaimer: The entire contents of WIKIMD.ORG are for informational purposes only and do not render medical advice or professional services. If you have a medical emergency, you should CALL 911 immediately! Given the nature of the wiki, the information provided may not be accurate, misleading and or incorrect. Use the information on this wiki at your own risk! See full Disclaimer.
Link to this page: <a href="http://www.wikimd.org/wiki/Specific_Carbohydrate_Diet">Specific Carbohydrate Diet</a>

  • Individual results may vary for weight loss from our sponsors.