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Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Diet Review

Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Food for Thought

The SCD has been around for years because for some people with GI diseases, it minimizes symptoms. But the diet, because of its severe restrictions and nutritional inadequacies, needs to be studied further and validated by the medical community.

If you want to try the SCD, consult your doctor first. "If any of my patients wanted to try this plan (which they have not), I would be willing as long as they agreed to being monitored very closely," Mason says.

You may also want to consult a registered dietitian to make sure you're meeting all your nutritional needs while you're on the SCD diet.

Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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