14 Feb Nutrition & Autism: What Is The Connection & What Does The Research Tell Us, Aug 1 2013
There have been many studies on the effects of diet on autism. However, while most anecdotally point towards beneficial effects, there is no direct evidence that these diets are an effective treatment.
Learn from clinical nutritionist Kelly Barnhill as she hosts a webinar explaining the importance of continued research into the use of diet as a treatment for autism.
What We Learned from this Video:
- Diet is what we eat. Nutrition is what our bodies do with what we eat.
- What you eat can determine how you develop, how you sleep, how you feel etc.
- There are several different diets that can treat autism.
- Children with autism tend to eat less than other children, and typically have higher chances of nutrition deficiencies. Multiple studies have backed this up.
- Studies suggest that children should only be on gluten and casein-free diets if they show acute changes in behavior or if medical professionals confirm that they have allergies or intolerances to gluten or casein.
- Even if a diet does not directly treat autism, it can still have the effect of improving general health and wellbeing.
- There is anecdotal evidence that diets can treat autism, but there is no prospective study that confirms this.
- Diets have been noted to work with not just young children, but older children and adults as well.
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