By: Seth Palmer
Gastrointestinal (GI) and immune (i.e. allergy) symptoms often accompany autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and it has been suggested that gluten- and casein-derived peptides may trigger immune response, GI symptoms and behavioral problems in children with ASD.
The team found that a gluten- and casein-free diet was more effective in improving ASD behaviors, physiological symptoms and social behaviors in children with GI and allergy symptoms than in children without such symptoms.
They also found that greater success was reported by those who implemented the diet for more than six months.
Notably, the study is the first to use survey data from parents to document the effectiveness of a gluten- and casein-free diet in children with autism spectrum disorders.
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