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Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Our evidence-based analysis on specific carbohydrate diet features 2 unique references to scientific papers.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Specific Carbohydrate Diet has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
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Consistency of research results
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Notes
grade-d
Minor
Moderate See 2 studies
Limited evidence shows that the SCD, mSCD, whole-foods based diets, and Mediterranean dietary patterns may lead to elevations, reductions, or no change in alpha-diversity.
grade-d Minor - See study
The SCD may reduce CRP levels as effectively as a modified SCD or whole foods based dietary pattern based on one small RCT, but the statistical significance was not calculated so our confidence in this finding is low.
grade-d Minor Very High See 2 studies
Emerging evidence suggests that the SCD might reduce Crohn's disease activity as effectively as the modified SCD, a whole foods diet, or a Mediterranean dietary pattern. However, due to the small number of studies and lack of habitual dietary controls, our confidence in these findings is low. Studies also reported a high dropout rate and difficulty adhering to the diet.
grade-d Minor - See study
The SCD may reduce ESR levels as effectively as a modified SCD or whole foods based dietary pattern based on one small RCT, but the statistical significance was not calculated so our confidence in this finding is low.
grade-d Minor - See study
Limited evidence suggests that the SCD is as effective as a Mediterranean dietary pattern for modestly reducing fatigue.
grade-d
Minor
Moderate See 2 studies
The SCD is associated with both elevations and reductions in fecal calprotectin compared to a modified SCD, whole-foods based diet, or Mediterranean style dietary pattern.
grade-d Minor - See study
Quality of life improved similarly in both the SCD and Mediterranean style dietary pattern during the first six weeks of the trial before plateauing.
grade-d - - See study
Beta-diversity was unaffected.
grade-d - See study
Neither the SCD nor the Mediterranean style dietary pattern led to significant changes in hs-CRP.
grade-d - - See study
Joint pain was unaffected.

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