Every year, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) is celebrated on 2nd April globally with the goal of spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a condition related to brain development disorder which impairs the communication and social interaction skill of an individual.
‘Assistive Technologies. Active Participation’ is the theme of the World Autism Awareness Day for this year. The theme is derived that technology plays an integral role in the development of people with any form of disability including autism.
For autism parent, it is important to know what is the best diet for their autistic children. By so far, gluten free casein free (GFCF) is the best diet for autism child. But, it is not easy to follow. However, the research is limited and needed more before this diet is recommended for autistic children. Plus, gluten and casein are a big part of our usual diet.
Gluten Free Casein Free (GFCF) Diet
GFCF diet is the removal of gluten and casein products. Gluten is the main protein in wheat and other grains such as barley. Casein is the main protein in milk and dairy products such as cow’s milk. However, your child may not get enough calcium, fiber, Vitamin A, D and B complex and calories in their diet routine.
Most of the children drink milk. However, cow’s milk in any form is not allowed in the GFCF diet. Finding a milk substitute that your child likes can be challenging. Almond milk is one of alternative milk that can be found at your local grocery store. Be sure the container of milk states the product is casein free, not just dairy free. Some of the product may state they are dairy free but still contain the casein as a thickener.
Usually, commercial bread contains gluten from the wheat flour. There are some brands you can find at your local store that are gluten-free. Gluten-free bread is made from rice or tapioca flour. Taste and texture are different from gluten bread. Try making your own if you have trouble in finding a bread that your child enjoys. There are plenty of gluten-free bread recipes online.
As a conclusion, the GFCF diet is not recommended for an autistic child because they may be at higher risk for nutrient deficiencies. Plus, the GFCF diet can be costly, hard to follow and limited in food variety.