- July 19, 2013 at 1:32 am #107849
MagicMBMemberTopics: 2Replies: 2
Both of these food items are on the list of foods that can be eaten throughout the treatment:
– Eggplant (no more than once a week)
– Artichokes (Jeruselem Artichokes are an especially good source of *Inulin)
I cannot think why Eggplant (a.k.a. Aubergine here in the UK) should be restricted to just once a week. A quick search for the sugar content revealed that it only has 3.5g per 100 grams, so it isn’t exactly overly loaded with natural sugar. Besides the Turnip has 3.8g of sugar per 100 grams and this has no restriction.
Now by comparison Jerusalem Artichokes (not the French Artichokes that is) have a massive 10g per 100 grams, probably because it contains naturally occurring Inulin (Fructooligosaccharides or FOS), which may well encourage the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria, but I just wonder what else it may be nourishing alongside. Not only that but according to Wiki its nutritional values indicate that it has a total of about 17.44g carbohydrates per 100 grams, which is almost three times the amount of Eggplant (5.88g) and I do recall Jerusalem Artichokes being on the illegal list as far as my previous SCD diet was concerned.
Now I am not that scientifically minded, but surely this amount of sugar in the form of Inulin present and overall carbs in Jerusalem Artichokes are probably just as likely to feed the Candida in addition to the good bacteria than it would if you were to consume Eggplant/Aubergine more than once a week … or am I totally missing something?
MBJuly 19, 2013 at 2:23 am #107855
Able900SpectatorTopics: 92Replies: 4812
You can eat eggplant as many times a week as you like and you never have to touch Jerusalem artichokes unless you desire them. The diet you’re speaking of was written as it is because, for the most part, it’s the diet I followed during the period it took me to cure my own infestation, which is what the members asked for two years ago. It’s not meant to be the “law” as far as diets go, and no one is going to smack your hand for not following it. Your choice is to either follow the diet or use your own judgment and eat what you want.
To explain my own reasoning at the time I designed and used the diet; I felt that the eggplant was too ‘starchy’ for my taste so I ate it only once a week. As far as vegetable sources of prebiotics are concerned, artichokes, as you so brilliantly explained in your post, are a good prebiotic source, and Jerusalem artichokes are a better source than other types.
In reality, rice bran and oat bran are both better sources of prebiotics than are FOS or inulin because they’re constructed of longer sugar chains and therefore contain more simple sugar units which feed the bacteria.July 19, 2013 at 5:31 am #107873
shayfoMemberTopics: 18Replies: 668
You can eat eggplant as many times a week as you like
He is correct. I get a lot of eggplants for free and have been eating them multiple days a week nearly the entire time I’ve been on (my slightly amended version of) the diet. I’m still making solid progress.July 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm #107902
MagicMBMemberTopics: 2Replies: 2
Able, thanks for your response.
sayfo, thanks for the follow up.
This post has reminding me once again that the diet is a great baseline and yes, I figured that I can add test foods to it. However, the diet as listed is tried and tested so I want to stick to it as closely as possible.
I figured that Eggplant may be a safe food to treat as a test food in larger quantities as it is already listed on the list of allowed foods and I have been known to eat it on more than one occasion, either in some cooked dishes or as part of a particular pepper & eggplant relish which I am very fond of. So, yes I may well try to indulge in this more than once a week without feeling guilty now that I have a better understanding about the note you (Able that is) made about limiting it to only once a week on your diet and thank you sayfo for confirming that it has been safe for you to eat that much Eggplants safely. Hopefully it will be the same for me.
As far as Jerusalem Artichokes go, I will tread more cautiously here and treat more of a test food, perhaps even as part of phase 2. I don’t eat them normally, so this won’t be an issue for me on this diet, but then I have been missing potatoes for a long time now and anything that can take their place on the plate, in particular alongside roast meat (mainly chicken now) is going to be something I would be interest in. I am already thankful to have discovered Rutabaga (called Swede here in the UK) as part of this diet, which I am now a big fan of, but another alternative would certainly be most welcome.
Thanks again for your replies and sharing.
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