Review of ‘The New Eating Right For a Bad Gut by James Scala, Ph.D.’

The New Eating Right For a Bad Gut by James Scala, Ph.D.

This is not that bad a book and I am sure some people will find it more helpful than I did. My main problems with this book are how it is written and that the author seems to be convinced that diet and lifestyle are the main contributors towards people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease.

At times I found that the author’s style of writing came across as rather patronising. The same points seemed to be repeated over and over again and at times these were not very helpful points. You can read the book yourself if you so wish but I have summed up the main points at the end.

The continual insistence that the cause for IBD was due to diet and lifestyle did irritate me. It seemed like the author did not consider there to be any other contributor factors to IBD other than a person’s diet or lifestyle. As someone who had a very healthy diet and lifestyle I did not appreciate reading a book telling me I could have avoided the problems I was experiencing by being fit and healthy. Nearly everything which was advised to avoid IBD or reduce symptoms was something I was either doing or had done previously before I became ill.

It did turn out that my illness was very severe so that surgery was the only way of keeping it under control. I am sure for some people that adjusting your diet and lifestyle can make all the difference and reduce the amount of medication you need but that does not apply to everyone.

The book does have some useful and interesting sections relating to nutrition and supplements yet the apparent insistence that all you problems can be solved by your diet are not helpful if it is apparent that diet is not the route of your problems.    

In a nutshell what the book tells you

  • Avoid red meat (including pork) and processed meats (e.g. Sausages and cold cuts)
  • Diet low in animal fat. Avoid the dark meat of fowl.
  • The vegetarian diet that permits fish is just about the ideal diet for people with IBD
  • Use flax oil (don’t fry of bake with it). Add to food or use capsules
    • Chocolate
    • Beets (and beet juice)
    • Cabbage (uncooked)
    • Corn (fresh or cooked)
    • Blackberries
    • Raspberries
    • Grapes
  • Eat high protein, easily digestible foods, such as:
    • Fish
    • Fowl
    • Eggs
    • Rice
    • Potatoes
    • pasta
    • flax/olive oil
    • avocado
    • DO Cereals. Cooked thoroughly:
      • Oatmeal
      • Barley
      • Buckwheat
      • Cream of Wheat
      • Ralston
      • Wheatena
      • DO cereals. Cold, eat mushy:
        • Flax cereal
        • Bran flakes
        • Shredded  Wheat
        • Nutri-Grain
        • Wheaties
        • Avoid hard fibre. Hard insoluble wheat fibre with an intact fibre matrix
  • Beans can be eaten if they are cooked till they can be mushed
  • Never use canned refried beans
  • DO vegetables:
    • Asparagus
    • Aubergine
    • Avocado
    • Beans (white)
    • Black-eyed Peas
    • Broccoli
    • Butter beans
    • Carrots
    • Chard
    • Cowpeas
    • Endive
    • Chickpeas
    • Green beans (Italian and snap)
    • Kidney beans
    • Lentils
    • Lettuce
    • Lima beans
    • Mushrooms
    • Parsley
    • Peas
    • Potatoes
    • Spinach
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Turnips
    • Watercress
    • Wax Beans
    • Winged beans
    • Yam beans
    • Yams
  • Caution vegetables:
    • Alfalfa sprouts
    • Artichokes
    • Bamboo shoots
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Celery
    • Chickory
    • Chives
    • Collard greens
    • Cucumber
    • Fennel
    • Garlic
    • Gingerroot
    • Hominy
    • Jerusalem artichoke
    • Kale
    • Kohlrabi
    • Mung bean sprouts
    • Mustard greens
    • Mustard spinach
    • Okra
    • Onions
    • Peppers, bell
    • Pimientos
    • Pumpkin
    • Purslane
    • Scallions
    • Shallots
    • Snow peas
    • Squash
    • Snow peas
    • Squash
    • Tomatoes
    • Yautia
  • Carbohydrates does:
    • At least two servings of fruit, veg a day (including starchy vegetables such as potatoes and rice)
    • At least one serving of salad, beans/legumes and whole grain bread a day
    • Drink fruit juice (natural fruit juice)
    • Carbohydrates don’ts:
      • Eat packaged food with sugar as one of the first two ingredients
      • Drink juice which has sugar of corn syrup as an ingredient
      • Drink more than one sugary soft drink
      • Use spreads that contain sugar
      • Use sugar unless with fibre rich food
  • Supplements:
    • Fibre, e.g. Metamucil
    • Vitamin (vitamin E)
    • Mineral
    • EPA/Omega-3 (at least 2 grams daily. 5 grams is better)
    • GLA
    • Flax oil/ALA (alpha linolenic acid) capsules
    • Magnesium and calcium supplements
    • Multiple vitamin-mineral
  • More EPA less AA (arachidonic acid)
  • Should be getting 30 grams of fibre a day

2 thoughts on “Review of ‘The New Eating Right For a Bad Gut by James Scala, Ph.D.’

  1. Thanks for that synopsis. I now know I really don’t need to read that book and you have summarised all the useful bits.


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