The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Food List for Gut Health

Your Healthcare practitioner may have prescribed SCD ™ for you to aid in the treatment of:


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Coeliac disease

Crohns’ disease

Cystic fibrosis

Chronic diarrhea

Indigestion, flatulence and bloating

Candidiasis and intestinal dysbiosis

Leaky gut wall

Learning and behavioral disorders


Your healthcare practitioner may advise you to use the SCD ™as a temporary diet or a long term treatment strategy.

What is the SCD ™?

The SCD ™is basically eating foods which contain simple sugars and avoiding foods which contain complex sugars.

Simple sugars (carbohydrates) can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. Simple sugars are also known as monosaccharide and include: glucose (dextrose), fructose, galactose, ribose and xylose.

Simple sugars can be absorbed quickly and easily and do not require enzymes to breakdown complex sugar molecules to allow them to be absorbed, this makes them easier to digest and utilize and less likely to ferment and feed intestinal organisms causing symptoms associated with digestive and behavioral disorders.

Complex sugars require enzymes and intestinal organisms to break them down to allow the simple sugars to be liberated and absorbed individually. Inefficient digestion of these complex sugar molecules and subsequent fermentation by harmful intestinal organisms can generate gases and potentially toxic substances.   

Complex sugars (complex carbohydrates) may be in the form of disaccharides (two simple sugars joined together), oligosaccharides (usually between three to ten simple sugars joined together) or polysaccharides (many simple sugars joined together).

Disaccharides – The most common examples include the milk sugar lactose (glucose + galactose), cane sugar or table sugar sucrose (glucose + fructose), maltose (glucose + glucose), and lactulose (galactose + fructose).

Oligosaccharides – The most common examples include fructooligosaccharides (FOS), galactooligosaccharides (GOS), mannooligosaccharides (MOS), they are only partially digested by humans before they are available as a source of food for intestinal bacteria.

Polysaccharides – The most common examples include starch, glycogen, cellulose and chitin.

Seafood, meats and eggsAnchovies,  all fish and seafood, all real meat, bacon,  beef, canned fish, all eggs, chicken, ham, lamb, meats, pork, pork rinds, poultry, shellfish, gluten free sausages,Hotdogs, reconstituted and reclaimed meats, luncheon meats, sausages
VegetablesArtichokes (globe or French), asparagus, beetroot, black beans, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chard, chestnut, collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant, jalapenos,  kale, kimchee, leek, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peas, capsicum, dill pickles, pumpkin, rhubarb, spinach, squash, string beans, swede, water chestnut, watercress, zucchiniArtichokes (Jerusalem), bean sprouts, bitter melon, corn, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tapioca, taro, turnips, yams,
FruitApples, apricots, avocado, bananas, all berries, cantaloupe, capers, custard apple, cherries, cranberry, dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, kumquats, lemons, limes, mangoes, melon, nectarines, olives, orange, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, pears,  persimmons, pineapple, plums, prunes,  raisins, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelon,
Nuts and seedsAlmonds, brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, macadamia, mustard, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts,Flax seeds (linseeds)
Legumes, beans and pulses
Lentils, lima beans, peanuts, split peas,Black eye beans, butterbeans, cannellini beans, chick peas, garbanzo beans, haricot beans, kidney beans, millet, miso, mungbeans, navy beans, soy and it’s products including tofu, miso, soy sauce etc.
Milks, butters, cheeses and yoghurtsAlmond milk and butter, asiago cheese, blue cheese, brick cheese, brie, butter, camembert, cheddar cheese, coconut milk, Colby cheese, dry curd cottage cheese, edam cheese, ghee, gorgonzola cheese, gouda cheese, gruyere cheese, Havarti cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, Roquefort cheese, Swiss cheese, homemade yoghurt Buttermilk, cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, cream of tartar, feta cheese, ice cream, milk, ricotta cheese, sour cream, soy milk, commercial yoghurts,
Cereals, grains, bread, pasta and floursAlmond flour, baking soda,Amaranth, arrowroot, bakers powder, baker’s yeast, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn flour, corn starch, durum flour, flour, oats,  pasta, pea flour, psyylium husks, quinoa, rice, rice bran, rice flour, rye, sago starch. spelt, sprouted grain bread, tapioca starch / flour, wheat, wheatgerm,
Drinks and beveragesApple cider, pure apple juice with no sugar added, bourbon, club soda, real coffee, pure cranberry juice, gin, grape juice, grapefruit juice, green tea, pure orange juice, peppermint tea, pineapple juice, scotch whisky, black tea, white tea, green tea,  tomato juice, vodka, dry wine, instant coffee (Without Milk or Sugar Additives)Apple juice with added sugar, beer, brandy, cordial, port wine, sherry,
Condiments, jams and sweetenersGlycerin, glycerol, honey, horseradish, mead, peanut butter, salt, sauerkraut, wasabi,Stock cubes, carob, chocolate, cocoa, corn syrup, maple syrup, margarine, soy sauce, Aspartame
Culinary herbs and spicesAllspice, bay leaf, basil,  cilantro / coriander, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, nutmeg,  oregano, paprika, parsley, rosemary, sage, spices, tarragon, thyme,Chicory root,
Oils and vinegarsAlmond oil, avocado oil, traditional balsamic vinegar (not balsamic condiment), coconut oil, flax seed oil, macadamia oil, olive oil, peanut oil,  safflower oil, sesame oil,  sunflower oil, vinegar, walnut oil,Canola oil
MiscellaneousGelatin, lecithin,Instant soup mix, cellulose gum, chewing gum, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), guar gum, gums, inulin, molasses, pectin, xylitol,

Simple Carbohydrate Food List