Children with Autism can be extremely picky when it comes to their diet. Sometimes, it becomes necessary for parents to look for dietary interventions for autism. A healthy diet consists of foods including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
Are there any Specific Diet Options for Autism?
Children with autism generally limit their food interests and choices which takes a toll on their nutrition intake. Autistic children even have a different metabolism than average individuals. Although a lot of research is ongoing to understand the metabolism and the necessary autistic child’s diet, it is always best to consult an expert paediatrician or nutritionist before making children follow a routine intake of dietary supplements. As of now, let us discuss some general necessary nutrition that kids with Autism should have in their food.
- Vitamins and Minerals
Research has shown that multivitamins can help in improving digestive and sleep problems in autism conditions. Moreover, vitamin B6 has been linked with behavioural improvements in autistic children. Children surviving with autism are often low in iron and magnesium due to their choosy dietary habits. But regardless of the situation, one should always get the mineral levels checked by a professional before providing any form of supplements.
- Omega-3 Fats
Children with autism generally have low omega-3 levels and optimum levels of omega-3 fats can help with hyperactivity issues in autistic children.
- Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet
The Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diet has been proven to be efficient for children with autism. Gluten is the main protein in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Casein is the main protein in dairy products such as cow’s milk, yoghurt, and cheese. Researchers believe that as autistic children often function in an over-stimulated state, it directs the flow of blood more towards body movements than the digestive tract. This makes it difficult for autistic children to digest food with gluten and casein. This diet may also help in behavioural improvement but to establish such a condition, more research is required.
How to Decide the Best Diet for an Autistic Child’s?
As discussed earlier, autistic children with limited food choices might be at a higher risk for nutrient deficiencies but instead of making their diet lack certain nutrition, why not find an alternative for them? One can eat rice products instead of gluten products by shifting to rice pasta, rice cakes etc. Corn products like corn pasta or corn cereal are also on the list. Moreover, rice milk can be used as to substitute for dairy milk. Another important point is mitigating any signs of processed foods like cookies, butter, or baked goods that contain dairy components by checking thoroughly the label of the food.
But before putting children on any special diet, a thorough consultation is required to check if he/she is facing a lack of some nutrients due to limited food intake or a restricted diet. An expert dietitian can do a complete nutrition assessment and accordingly discuss the required diet ideas for autistic child treatment. Connect with Advancells at email@example.com or you can also get in touch with us at +91-9654321400 for Your Inquiries