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Autism: How Your Diet Plays a Role

Thursday, 09 Sep 2010 04:14 PM

Autism is a neurological disorder affecting the normal functioning of the brain during the early stages of its formation and development. One of the most well researched topics of scientific research is on autism diet. Autism and diet are closely inter-related. An autism diet proves to be extremely beneficial for autistic children.
The main feature of a diet specifically tailored to autism is that it is gluten free. This works on the simple principle of understanding the distribution of neurological receptors in the body. The neuro-receptors found in the brain are also located in various other parts of the human body. A gluten free diet improves the social interaction and behavior of autistic children by protecting the child from an allergic reaction to gluten. Gluten is a composite protein made of two other principal proteins. Studies have shown that gluten is largely responsible for many intestinal problems — it irritates the stomach and the intestinal lining and causes problems with digestion. The working principle of a gluten free diet for autism is to control this response and give the affected individuals relief from the unpleasant biological effects of gluten.
Autism and diet go hand in hand. Adopting a gluten free diet may make things easier for the parents or caretakers of those with autism. Psychometric analyses and other related tests show that a gluten free diet can help children learn and improve their cognitive skills, as they are free of digestive discomfort.

A specific diet for autism does not hold any promise as a cure. It serves only as a way to reduce the most common health problems of those suffering from autism.

This gluten free diet contains no cereals or oats in it. It has become very easy to put an autistic child on a gluten free diet as many food manufacturers are now selling a variety of gluten free products. Care must be taken to ensure that the diet doesn’t include cereals like rye wheat, barley, and sorghum as well as certain kinds of bread. Oats may or may not contain gluten, but very often, it is processed in the same machinery along with wheat. Therefore, including oats in this diet may not be a good idea considering the potential problem of cross contamination with wheat.

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