The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is a very specific diet, which is based on the theory that by eliminating most carbohydrates (primarily grains, starches, dairy, and sugars) and allowing only specific carbohydrates that require minimal digestion, it can reduce inflammation and make digestion enjoyable for people with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is intended for those with Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, Divertriculitis, Cystic Fibrosis, and chronic diarrhea. It has also been effective in the treatment of Autism. The foods on the diet are based on the chemical structure of the foods. Carbohydrates are classified by their molecular structure, simple vs. complex carbohydrates. The only carbohydrates allowed on the diet are monosaccharides or simple carbs, which are easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex carbohydrates (monosaccharides or polysaccharides) are not allowed because they are not easily digested and then feed bad bacteria in the gut, causing them to overgrow and increase inflammation. The diet works by starving out these bad bacteria.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ was clinically tested for over 50 years by Dr Haas and biochemist Elaine Gottschall with convincing results. 75% of those who adhere rigidly to the diet gain significant improvement.