Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Special Diets for Special Kids

Although Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, PHd, was not written specifically for kids with CD, it provides a tremendous amount of information pertaining to the gut, absorption and metabolization of food.  Special Diets is specifically aimed at understanding dietary intervention for children with autism. The brain-gut connection is explored in great detail and the author cites several medical studies in support of her theory for the removal of gluten and casein from the diets of children with autism to help improve behavior.
If your child has autism, Special Diets is a wonderful resource offering a deep analysis of the benefits of a gluten free/casein free diet.  An entire chapter discusses vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are often lacking in children with autism.  Since the gf/cf diet can be somewhat limiting, supplements are often necessary.  However, make sure those supplements are gf and cf.
Special Diets provides over 200 kid friendly gf and cf recipes ranging from muffins and smoothies to holiday and ethnic fare.  
We are looking forward to making the Kiddie Colada and the Panda Puff Chocolate Crisps.  We'll let you know how they turn out!

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