24 HOUR YOGHURT - WHY IT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST, GO TO HEALING FOOD
Posted on April 11 2016
24 hour yoghurt, otherwise known as 'Specific Carbohydrate Diet Yoghurt' is a cornerstone for many people on the SCD diet and the GAPS diet. So if you’re interested in healing your gut, it's important you read this post. SCD 24 hour yoghurt may be just what your body needs.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND INFO. WHAT IS SCD?
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a diet created by Sidney V. Haas (1870–1964) One of his patients was a young girl who was very sick with Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Haas helped her get into remission through diet and the use of fermented foods.
Elaine Gottschall, the girl’s mother, then dedicated her life to researching the diet and the effects of food on the gut. Since then the diet has become a popular, alternative way to treat inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and various other gastrointestinal and auto-immune diseases.
If you are interested, I highly recommend Elaine Gottschall’s book: Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Management Through Diet. You can also find a an introduction here and the science behind the diet here.
I won’t go into the details, but the main basis of the diet is to reduce inflammation by eliminating hard to digest foods and sugars that bad bacteria in your digestive system thrive on. The diet also encourages good bacteria to flourish and, naturally, fermented foods are essential to achieving this.
Homemade 24 hour yoghurt in particular is a key part of the diet. SCD 24 hour yoghurt is the most easily tolerated fermented food allowed on the diet. And for good reason; it has virtually no fibre, it’s soft on an inflamed gut and full of friendly bacteria. If you’re keen to know more about this yoghurt super-food you might like to read 24 hour yoghurt vs a probiotic pill.
SCD & GAPS YOGHURT CAN BE TAILORED TO SUIT ALMOST ANYONE
HOW IS SCD 24 HOUR YOGHURT DIFFERENT?
Milk, before fermentation, is not allowed on the SCD/GAPS diet because it contains lactose (a type of sugar found in milk). The key difference between 24-hour yoghurt and regular yoghurt is the lactose content. SCD/GAPS yoghurt is different because, over the course of a 24 hour fermentation, the bacteria consume virtually all the lactose. For more information on this process, read Making Yoghurt - Fermentation time & temperature makes all the difference.
SCD yoghurt making is not difficult nor time consuming. Apart from the (set and forget) fermentation time and a few hours chilling, the actual “hands-on” time is minimal; about 10 minutes. It requires planning though because if you forget to get things started, you’re more than a day without yoghurt. Click over to 24 hour yoghurt made with cow's milk for step by step instructions. For more information on making yoghurt, read Feel, the benefits - make real yoghurt at home.
EASE INTO FERMENTED FOODS
If you are lactose intolerant, have a serious digestive disorder or are prone food intolerances, it is highly recommended to start very, very slowly with 24 hour yoghurt. Start with a few teaspoons and monitor your sensitivity.