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Please explain which food to give to children with autism?

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Dr. Patricia Harkins
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Green and organic

Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients.
I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems.

In brief: Green and organic

Any child can be sensitive to artificial ingredients.
I think the biggest offenders are artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. So as organic as you can reasonably find is good. Other than that, unless they have an allergy to a food, give them whatever they will eat. The gfcf diet usually does not improve autism unless there are gastrointestinal problems.
Dr. Patricia Harkins
Dr. Patricia Harkins
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Same as for any

Child, a well-balanced diet with appropriate calories.
Studies now show what we've known clinically for many years - a higher rate of obesity in kids with ASD vs. Kids without ASD because they often self-limit their diets to "whites" ; hate " greens." ot ; speech/language therapists treat feeding problems. Unless celiac disease, food allergies/ intolerance are documented, no special diet is needed.

In brief: Same as for any

Child, a well-balanced diet with appropriate calories.
Studies now show what we've known clinically for many years - a higher rate of obesity in kids with ASD vs. Kids without ASD because they often self-limit their diets to "whites" ; hate " greens." ot ; speech/language therapists treat feeding problems. Unless celiac disease, food allergies/ intolerance are documented, no special diet is needed.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Jill Valerius
I would suggest avoiding all processed foods. Sometimes kids improve with a gluten free diet, so it might be worth a trial of avoiding this for a few weeks.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Most of my families try, but studies show Celiac Disease 7-9% in kids with or without ASD. A true gluten-free diet is tough...no grains that were ground in equipment used to grind wheat... but gluten-free products are the current rage. Processed foods? Yuck. Ban those Lunchables along with Baby Einstein videos!
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