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Are These Three Foods Impacting Your Child’s Behaviors?

Families with children with ADHD and Autism are finding that the foods their children eat, can improve their children’s behaviors. The foods that we consume can directly impact  our concentration, memory, mood and behaviors. Many families have seen incredible results from trying Elimination Diets such as Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Artificial Dye-Free diets. 

What is Gluten?

Gluten is the protein found in the grains of wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten helps foods to maintain their shape and it is commonly found in foods such as breads, pastas, cereals, and sauces. Most grocery stores offer gluten-free sections with alternative groceries. 

Research published in BMJ Journals shows that there is a link between Gluten Free diets and reduced hyperactivity. Research also shows that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have an abnormal immune response to the protein in Gluten. Studies have shown that removing gluten from the diet can improve eczema, irritability, concentration, and irritable bowel syndrome. 

What is Casein?

Casein is a protein found in mammal’s milk. Casein can be found in products such as milk, yogurt, ice cream, and sour cream. It’s important to read labels carefully, because Casein can be found in many soy products as well. Similarly to Gluten, research has shown that people with ASD have an abnormal immune response to Casein. Families that eliminate Casein from their diet have noticed their children have improved social skills, mood, and behaviors. 

What is Artificial Color?

Artificial Food Dyes are petroleum-derived substances. These food dyes are approved by the FDA. However, many companies are beginning to eliminate these food dyes from their products. A lot of research has been done showing links to artificial coloring and hyperactivity and behavioral changes. Artificial Colors: Red #40, Blue #2, Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow), and sodium benzoate have been linked to increasing hyperactivity and behavior concerns. When eliminating these artificial colors, parents can see if their child’s behaviors improve. 

Before beginning any elimination diet, it is important to consult with a medical team to discuss if it is important to supplement essential nutrients. 

The Children's Wellness and Developmental Center uses an Integrative approach to wellness by utilizing Traditional and Biomedical Treatments, Complementary and Alternative treatments, Dietary interventions, and Nutritional supplements. 

You can find out more at or by calling us at 732-919-1335. 

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