Is autism an autoimmune disease

Gluten-free diets are worth a try for autism!

Many parents with autistic children therefore do not only pay attention to a gluten-free diet. Most of the time, the gluten-free diet is also kept dairy-free or at least casein-free (casein is one of several proteins in milk).

Not always, but in some cases this diet could significantly improve the children's well-being (5). It can therefore be assumed that not all, but at least some of the autistic children can benefit from a certain form of nutrition, so that it obviously seems a good idea to test certain forms of nutrition with autism.

Now, however, warnings are often given against a gluten-free diet, as if it were malnutrition and as if children fed gluten-free were suffering terribly. Of course, a gluten-free diet can be designed in very different ways (like probably every form of nutrition) - namely healthy, but also very unhealthy.

A healthy gluten-free diet usually provides more vital substances than a conventional gluten-free diet, so that it does not pose any risk. On the contrary! We have already reported in detail on this topic here: Gluten-free diet - but right! and here: Gluten-free nutrition: consumer advice centers advise against - we clarify

Since all of our recipes are dairy-free, they are also automatically casein-free, so you can try all the gluten-free recipes from our cooking studio.

Correction / addition from April 15, 2020

We have under "Can gluten lead to autism?" two more sources added: the studies / sources (7) and (8).


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  • (6) Gluten is a protein complex that is mainly found in wheat, but is also found in other types of grain, such as B. in spelled, barley and rye. However, every type of grain contains a species-specific gluten, so that there are people who z. B. spelled well tolerated, but not wheat.
  • (7) Rahmoune H, Boutrid N. Autism & Gluten: The Proof By Regression !. Pediatr Neurol Briefs. 2018; 32: 9. Published 2018 Sep 14. doi: 10.15844 / pedneurbriefs-32-9
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