Foods for the autistic brain

low-carb diet

Low-carb diet – Looks delicious and also healthy for the autistic

Individuals on the autistic spectrum are usually more food-sensitive than those considered mainstream. Children with autism are particularly prone to both allergic and non-allergic food hypersensitivity and nutrient deficits. However, scientists and dietitians are yet to figure out an all-inclusive diet that applies to all individuals on the spectrum. Maybe it is no surprise that for a condition as varied and unique as autism, it is only fair not to have an absolute ‘autism diet’ in the first place. It is not a question of what a child or an adult with autism spectrum disorders ‘should’ eat; it is all about what the person ‘prefers’ to have and most importantly, what type of meal plan does not worsen the symptoms. Let us have a look at what works well for the majority of the autistic population.

1. Control sugar – While a low-sugar diet does not exactly sound like a tasteful proposition, it can be very useful for children with autism. When taken with special yeast food flour, a low-sugar or sugar free preparation can make for an effective dietary intervention for autism.

2. Administer low-carb, high-fat diet – Also known as the ketogenic diet, this type of food supplements is given to individuals suffering from epileptic seizures. A number of studies and clinical trials have shown that the ketogenic diet can also be pretty effective for children with autism. But the risk with a high-fat diet is that it can increase cholesterol levels, leading to growth problems.

3. Try gluten- and casein-free diets – Several studies have revealed that foods not containing gluten and casein can help alleviate the symptoms of autism to a certain extent.

4. Include polyunsaturated fats – If your child is fond of salmon, you have got the hint. Dietitians strongly recommend omega-3 fatty acids for autism treatment.

5. Vitamins and minerals all the way – Certain nutrients never fail to do a great job, no matter what condition you are dealing with. It goes without saying that diets comprising essential vitamins and minerals top the list of must-haves for children with autism spectrum disorders.

To conclude, no two individuals on the spectrum are alike. Just because something works for someone does not mean it will have the same effect on another person. So make sure you know what you are up to. After all, it is AUTISMAlways Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious!

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