Feeling nostalgic after last week’s post on autism and carbohydrate malabsorption, I spent some time today flipping through one of my massive binders of research that I’ve been collecting for the last 20 years. After Alex’s amazing response to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I began to look carefully at research supporting its use and it is astounding just how much I found. Here are just a few examples:
Remember that carbohydrates are the primary source of food for your gut bacteria, and alterations in the bacterial microbiota can lead to abnormal digestion of these various sugars. In fact, we are reliant upon our gut bacteria to break down many complex sugars. What you eat plays a huge role in dictating what grows down there. For example, look at my latest post on the importance of fiber (which are carbohydrates) on the microbiota.
Looking back over just a little bit of the research in the literature, it amazes me all over again that SCD is still not considered a first-line treatment for bowel diseases.
[i] Fernandez-Banares, F, Esteve-Pardo, M, de Leon, R, Humbert, P, Cabre, E, Llovet, JM, Gassull, Ma. Sugar malabsorption in functional bowel disease: clinical implications. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1993. 88(12):2044-50.
[ii] Reif, S, Klein, I, Lubin, F, Farbstein, M, Hallak, A, Gilat, T. Pre-illness dietary factors in inflammatory bowel disease. Gut. 1997. 40(6):754-60.
[iii] Goldstein, R,Braverman, D, Stankiewicz, H. Carbohydrate malabsorption and the effect of dietary restriction on symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and functional bowel complaints. Israeli Medical Association Journal. 2000. 2(8):583-7.