SCD and ulcerative colitis: Benefits, risks, and more

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The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is a popular restrictive diet that eliminates certain carbohydrates and focuses on whole, unprocessed foods. It aims to restore balance in the gut microbiome that ulcerative colitis alters or destroys.

Gastroenterologist Dr. Sidney Haas initially developed SCD to treat celiac disease. The diet also gained popularity when biochemist Elaine Gottschall published Breaking The Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet in 1994.

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD),

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