I believe one's goal should be to throw out the SCD diet and do almost the opposite- minus the sucrose(still gives me problems). I can eat a whole can of beans in one sitting and do so daily. Refried beans are my favorite. I chow down nachos like you wouldn't believe. Yes nachos. Can you imagine that during a flare? I still take my asacol, and still have issues with wheat in my diet but I eat so much fiber in one day it would make your head spin. Your goal should not be to avoid fiber or gas producing foods like beans per se. It should be to slowly introduce them and then make them your mainstay of your diet. Why? It produces the most butyrate per buck, is anti-inflammatory to the colon, feeds the colon wall and is anti-carcinogenic to the colon. Plus beans are the highest in antioxidants of any food besides berries you can eat. Beans, NOT casein, should be your mainstay protein and carbohydrate source in your diet. NO, I'm not a vegetarian. Eat your meat in moderation and avoid red meat. I'm even having chicken as I type this. However, the SCD diet puts too much emphasis on casein protein, which has been shown to increase colon cancer. It also assumes that bacteria are to blame when fed resistant starches and sugars. Wrong I say! I eat inulin and beans daily in high amounts, ALL FORIDDEN in the SCD diet. BLAH! Nonsense. Her ideas are outdated and not supported by recent science.
What is still interesting is how well symptoms can be controlled by paying attention to the lipid barrier of the colon wall. No one here has yet been able to squash the theory. No matter how colon inflammation starts, it will always always break down the mucus layer of the colon. Oral Inulin builds up the viscosity of the colon mucus barrier easily and so does phosphatidylcholine enemas and eating bean fiber also supplies the much needed butyrate when broken down by colonic bacteria. Eating corn flakes also breaks down into butyrate and cold rice and potatoes etc...All this talk about
foods not causing UC is lacking a discussion about
how food CAN HELP UC- with antioxidants, butyrate and mucus sparing properties. Name one drug that does this?
Have we not made progress yet with the idea that it might be beneficial to crowd out the lipid destroying bacteria with a diet of resistant starches? I guess I'm on the leading edge always experimenting on myself. After a couple of weeks I get barely any gas from eating that much fiber. Once you are in remission this should be ideal. Farts have become almost pleasant now. No leakage. I know that's an issue for many while in a flare. Avoiding passing gas because of the leakage factor. However no other food you can consume will do so much good for your colon and chances of avoiding colon cancer.
Post Edited (Horus) : 8/22/2007 5:30:56 PM (GMT-6)