FeaturesAug/Sep 2012 Issue

Favorite Foods  for Picky Eaters

Favorite Foods for Picky Eaters

Simple gluten-free, casein-free recipes for your child with autism

Many small children are fussy eaters but youngsters on the autistic spectrum commonly take pickiness to extremes. They often eat fewer than five or so different foods—a list that generally includes chicken nuggets, fries, mac and cheese, cookies and milk. Most of their favorite foods contain gluten, casein or both. Proponents of the opioid excess theory of autism contend that these children limit themselves to foods that contain gluten and casein because these proteins give them a “high” resembling that of opioid drugs.

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