The theory that the GFCF diet (gluten-free and caseine-free) is beneficial for the children with developmental difficulties has been around for a while. There have been several studies to confirm scientifically the anecdotal reports of parents who swear by it. However, there have not been conclusive results. In my experience, that is no reason to stay away from it and not try it.
Although we are not a 100 percent strict, in my family we try to avoid the foods that have both of these proteins and I can tell that my kid's behavior improves and both my husband and I feel much better when we do it.
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Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture. And A. Casein is the protein found in all mammals' milk. Mammals include cow, goat, sheep, yak, buffalo, camel and human breast milk
The benefit of a gluten-free/casein-free diet is based on the theory that children with autism and other developmental o behavior difficulties may have an allergy or high sensitivity to foods containing gluten or casein. If you are interested in exploring this diet, please keep this in mind:
1. It's not easy. Although there are more and more gluten-free products available, there is a big cross contamination risk.
2.There is a detox process. The first weeks can seem like your child is getting worse. It takes a while. The gluten, the casein and sugar all create a sort of addiction.
3. You may face opposition from your extended family. For many Latinos, the word diet only applies to weight loss. They also equal childhood to candy. But if you believe this can help your child, don't give up.
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