For a while it seemed as though the gluten and casein free diet (GFCF) that was prescribed to improve the situation for many autistic children was making a lot of difference and helping many in dealing with and managing autism. Now, however it would seem that this popular autism diet has no impact on behavior sleep, or bowel patterns.
Researchers ensured that the test subjects received proper nutrition, including adequate Vitamin D, iron, calcium, and high quality protein and controlled other variables to then examine the impact of the diet on the subjects.
However, the diet was seen not to be of much benefit except for those autism sufferers who had significant gastrointestinal symptoms.
For a while now, there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence that GFCF diets have been beneficial for managing autism in children; as having a profoundly positive impact.
Autistic symptoms such as impulsive behaviors, lack of focus, and even speech problems were thought to be positively impacted. Jenny McCarthy has been a vocal proponent of the diet, who claimed her son’s autism improved with this dietary change.
This recent research however may come as something of a setback for those parents who were hopeful of their autistic child making improvements based on the GFCF diet.