SUMMARY: Hey… listen up! You want to get SCD Cheese right because it is loaded with Nutrients & Beneficial Bacteria! Even veteran SCD consumers can get SCD cheese wrong, and that is what this post discusses — how to make certain your cheese is SCD legal! For an example of how easy it is to screw up cheese ingredients, I revised my last post SCD Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cheese, Seasoned Bread Crumbs recipe because the cheese I called out wasn’t SCD legal! At the time, I recommended Organic Valley Unprocessed American Singles Colby-Style Cheese slices with caution since I did not have a letter from Organic Valley explaining processing. WELL… I do now and it isn’t good!!! Ends up, that cheese is not SCD legal after-all because it is “not aged at all and is packaged soon after production“ (Organic Valley, dated Nov. 7, 2016). So while the ingredients listed are SCD legal, the deal breaker is in the processing. The lack of aging makes it not SCD legal because lactose (milk sugar) is not broken down in its cheese fermentation process. That’s a big deal for lots of folks. ALL healing diets (SCD, GAPS, PALEO, AIP, FODMAP…) initially eliminate lactose because most inflamed guts can not digest lactose! Actually, the lactase enzyme in our gut (which breaks down lactose) is the last to return to normal after the gut has healed (page 25, Breaking the Vicious Cycle (BTVC), Edition 13, 2010). This post also explains why eating lactose-free cheese is important (if you tolerate the casein protein). Cheese contains a whopping 10,000,000,000 or 10 billion MICROBES, and it seems they survive the gut transit ride and beneficially impact your microbiome diversity + richness… all good immune boosting stuff!
Summary: Most everyone wonders what are the ingredients that make up healing diet holiday recipes and that create nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory, low toxin great tasting traditional food that even folks not on any dietary restrictions will enjoy. Seems impossible, but it is absolutely possible. I do it all of the time; guests are amazed and hosts welcome such!
I’m sharing four of my family’s and guests favorite holiday recipes (and my Pinterest Holiday board shares more) for our Butternut Squash Soup opener and incredible Whole Beef Tenderloin recipe which literally melts in your mouth and is great topped with Alton Brown’s Horseradish Cream Sauce or our fav Mushroom Sauce. The Horseradish Cream Sauce uses SCD 24 hour dripped yogurt (or Greek yogurt), and it is also a great salad dressing! We’ve tested lots of recipes but these stand the test of time and remain our holiday tradition first course and main entree. It is interesting that long before I even knew what a healing diet truly was, the soup, tenderoin, and mushroom sauce recipes are coincidentally also autoimmune-protocol (AIP) compliant as well as PALEO, SCD, AND GAPS compliant. The Horseradish Cream Sauce is PALEO, SCD, AND GAPS compliant, but not AIP compliant due to the dairy. AIP is explained further below, but suffice it to say AIP is perhaps the most challenging of the healing diets due to the vast amount of foods eliminated, albeit this is temporary. I bet some of your own family favorites are AIP compliant!
If you are new to my work and want to first learn SCD yogurt benefits and the immune modulating properties, skip down a bit to the section delving into the RECENT STUDIES CONCERNING PROBIOTIC YOGURT BENEFITS AND IT’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY IMMUNOMODULATING FACTORS. No wonder that SCD yogurt is the foundation of the healing diets: SCD/GAPS and some PALEO camps, if tolerated.
By now you have realized that the usual starter yogurt I recommend when teaching “How to Make Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) Homemade Yogurt” is no where to be found on the shelves of Whole Foods stores.