The gluten free casein free diet is one that is very widely used on children with autism. Many people who had their children on the diet witnessed positive changes in their behavior. The diet is based on a hypothesis that because children with autism digest gluten and casein poorly, the gluten and casein form peptides, which affect his/her behavior, perceptions of and responses to the world around them.
What are gluten and casein? Gluten and casein are proteins. Gluten is found in wheat products, and casein is found in dairy products. Caseinate is derived from casein and is sometimes hidden in other products.
Gluten Free Casein Free Foods
Removing gluten and casein from your child’s diet might seem difficult, considering a majority of foods in the United States are made with gluten and/or casein. When choosing what to buy for your child, look at the ingredient label. Keep an eye out for ingredients like caseinate, lactose, curds or bran. Sometimes if vinegar is used, it will be a type that contains gluten, so look out for that as well. Check your local health food store, sometimes they will have gluten free casein free foods. Or maybe there is a co-op in your area that sells gluten free casein free foods.
Before you start the diet, consult your pediatrician to see if the diet is right for you.
When starting out on the diet, remove the casein first. The body has an easier time adapting to a no-casein diet.