The Food Network featured their Gluten-Free recipes on Monday, April 2nd in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. Many people believe that a gluten-free diet can significantly reduce the severity of autism if a child is diagnosed. A quick search for “gluten-free autism” yielded the following inconclusive results on the first page of google:
Notice the dates and titles of the stories.
5/19/10 – Gluten-Free… Diet No Remedy for Autism, Study Says…
2/29/12 – Survey: Gluten-Free Diet May Improve Symptoms, Behavior Among… [Autistic Children]
So within two years we have two studies that come to different conclusions about the effects of a gluten-free diet on children with autism. According to a study published in the UK in 1999, they found that children with autism showed significant improvements while on the gluten-free diet and began to regress upon suspension of the diet. (A gluten-free diet as an intervention for autism and associated spectrum disorders: preliminary ﬁndings, 1999) I’m sure the success of the diet depends on many different factors and does not apply to all people equally. So what do you all think? Have you tried the diet and seen any positive results or no changes at all? Let us know, we’d love to hear some first-hand accounts.