Alternative medicine journals often suggest that a strict casein- and gluten-free diet is beneficial for those with autism spectrum disorder. A close look at the studies is less convincing. Recently, a double-blind, controlled study was conducted among 14 children with autism. The placebo effect was accounted for. The results showed no apparent impact of a casein-free, gluten-free diet. Critics might point out that, at 4-6 weeks, the study wasn’t long enough. Others may ask what the harm is in trying such a diet. However, there are social consequences when children cannot eat what their friends and peers are eating. It’s also possible that dietary restrictions could negatively impact bone health.
- Double blind tests on the benefits of gluten-free and casein-free diet have produced data considered inadequate on their benefits.
- Gluten and casein free diets may also produce a divide between the child and their friends due to being unable to partake in events with gluten based foods.
- Gluten and casein free diets may be health hazards as well, due to lack of calcium intake leading to bone health issues.
“No apparent impact of the “GFCF diet” was found on behavioral disturbances or autism-related behaviors.”