Dietary intervention such as the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), initially used to treat celiac disease, has been effective in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as well. Dr. Jeanne Tung, M.D., discusses a study, published in the journal Nutrition, where pediatric gastroenterologists at Seattle Children's Hospital looked back at their patients who had tried the specific carbohydrate diet.
In general, the SCD tries to avoid the following foods:
What is allowed?
Although the mechanism of action for the SCD is not known, it is hypothesized that the diet decreases intestinal inflammation by changing the fecal microbiome from a proinflammatory state to noninflammatory state.
Read the full study online here.
For more information about IBD, visit mayoclinic.org/IBD.
Dr. Tung is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.