|Below find answers to some frequently asked questions about the Grain-Free Gourmet books and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.
About the Books
Can diabetics eat the food in the Grain-Free Gourmet books?
Why aren't there clinical trials on the Specific Carbohydrate (SCD)?
How many people have celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, or autism spectrum disorder?
What’s in the Grain-Free Gourmet books?
The Grain-Free Gourmet books are different from other gluten-free books because all of their recipes are made with whole, natural foods, which makes going gluten-free easier, healthier, and more delicious. For example, these books use almond flour (ground, blanched almonds) as a grain substitute when baking, which more closely approximates wheat flour than other wheat flour alternatives in terms of taste and texture and lowers blood cholesterol levels.
These books also address the multiple dietary needs of people with intestinal problems. For example, many celiacs are not only gluten intolerant, but also lactose intolerant, so the recipes in the Grain-Free Gourmet books are both gluten-free and low-lactose. These books also eliminate most complex carbohydrates because people with intestinal problems can find them hard to digest.
In addition, Grain-Free Gourmet books are based on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet instead of the gluten-free diet because the gluten-free diet doesn’t help all celiacs it didn’t help Grain-Free Gourmet co-author and celiac Jenny Lass.
Yes. Including desserts and standards, there are almost 70 vegetarian recipes in Grain-Free Gourmet: Delicious Recipes for Healthy Living and 90 in Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Most of these dishes are listed under the key word “vegetarian” in the index because they cross so many other sections (such as appetizers, soups, baked goods, and desserts) that we couldn’t group them together easily.
Yes. There are lots of recipes without honey. But many diabetics can have some honey and most of the honey-sweetened recipes in the books are combined with the monounsaturated fat of almonds, which slows the absorption rate of glucose into the bloodstream. Celiac diabetics, in particular, enjoy the food in the Grain-Free Gourmet books.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a diet used by thousands of people worldwide to control the symptoms of many diseases, such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder. Renowned American pediatrician Dr. Sydney Valentine Haas developed the SCD in the 1920s to treat celiac disease and cured hundreds of children who could once have died of their condition. The SCD was eventually adopted by other disease communities as a complementary treatment option. For more information about the history of the SCD, visit the about the books page or read The Power and Potential of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in Everyday Grain-Free Gourmet: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Please visit the resources page. If you are starting the SCD for the first time, please first refer to Elaine Gottschall’s Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Note that we do not advocate going off any medication to start the SCD or trying the SCD without consulting a doctor first. The SCD is meant to be a complementary therapy, not an alternative one.
Just like a lot of mainstream medical treatments, the SCD doesn’t always work. However, a physician-run survey indicated that the SCD works for about 80% of people who try it. For more information on this study, see the Nieves reference on the resources page.
There are no clinical trials on the SCD largely due to a lack of funding. Also, conducting a trial on a diet is challenging. There is no way to be sure that study participants will follow the diet properly, making it difficult to produce meaningful results. However, the SCD community is hopeful that one day proper trials on the diet will be conducted so that it can be acknowledged and prescribed by mainstream physicians.
Celiac disease: is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the ingestion of gluten. The small intestines can become damaged, causing diarrhea and poor nutrient absorption.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease: are inflammatory bowel diseases that cause inflammation and bleeding of the intestines, constipation, and diarrhea.
IBS: is a condition that prevents the intestines from moving properly. Sometimes people with IBS are constipated and sometimes they have diarrhea.
Lactose intolerance: is caused by a lack of the lactase enzyme in the gut, which prevents the digestion of lactose, the sugar in milk. Symptoms of lactose intolerance include bloating, gas, and sometimes diarrhea.
Autism spectrum disorder: is a brain disorder that develops in childhood and affects behaviour, social interaction, and communication.
Approximately 170,000 Canadians have IBD. It is estimated that as many as one million Americans have IBD.
It is estimated that one in 130 to one in 300 North Americans has celiac disease and 10 to 20% of the general population are affected by IBS.
Between 30 and 50 million Americans and 3.5 million Canadians are lactose intolerant. Estimates range from about 12% to 25% of any given population.
One in 150 North Americans has autism spectrum disorder.
Grains are very healthy if you can digest them. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, there are many other foods that can provide you with the fibre, vitamins B and E, and minerals that are found in grains.
Alternative sources for the nutrients in grains include nuts, meats, fish, eggs, fruits, and vegetables. For example, squash has lots of vitamins A and C, and about as much vitamin B6 as and more folate than regular pasta. Three ounces of almonds have 36% of your recommended daily fibre intake and 105% of your recommended daily vitamin E intake. Beef is the number one food source for protein, zinc, and vitamin B12, and is one of the best sources of dietary iron.
All carbohydrates are made up of units of sugar (saccharride). Carbohydrates containing only one unit of sugar (called monosaccharides) or two sugar units of sugar (called disaccharides) are known as simple sugars or simple carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates are composed of three or more units of sugar. The chemical name for the largest type of complex carbohydrate is polysaccharide, meaning "many sugars." The SCD eliminates most disaccharides and polysaccharides for easier digestion and to promote intestinal healing.
Not all simple carbohydrates are bad for you. Fruit, after all, is a simple carbohydrate and many fruits are low on the glycemic index (GI). All the simple carbohydrates used in the Grain-Free Gourmet books are fruits, vegetables, or honey, a natural, unrefined sweetener.
3 oz of almonds (about 75 nuts) have
Also, 85% of the fat in almonds is unsaturated and almonds lower blood cholesterol levels better than whole wheat.
Because almonds are filling and can help prevent unhealthy snacking, they don’t cause weight gain unless you eat too many just like any other food. In fact, a 2003 article in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders states that an almond-enriched, low-calorie diet high in monounsaturated fats can help overweight people lose more weight than a low-calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. After six months, those on the almond diet had a 62% greater reduction in their weight and body mass index, a 50% greater reduction in waist circumference, and a 56% greater reduction in body fat than those on the low-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet.
There are over 400 species of bacteria in the digestive tract. Some are harmful and some aren’t. The good bacteria (probiotics) keep the harmful bacteria in check. But if the natural balance of gut bacteria is disturbed, the bad bacteria can take over and cause diarrhea, a common occurrence when you take antibiotics.
Yogurt with active bacterial culture can maintain the good bacteria in your intestines and by fermenting it yourself for a long period of time, you can not only increase its amount of good bacteria, but you can also eliminate its lactose. The healing effect of probiotics was demonstrated in a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology that showed that over half of ulcerative colitis patients taking probiotics achieved remission and one quarter saw improvement. For more information on this research, see the Bibiloni reference on the resources page.
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