In a nutshell, certain enzymes are required to break down gluten and casein. If the enzymes that normally break down casein and gluten don't function well, serious neurological problems can result. Studies have shown that children with autism have a marked deficiency of these enzymes, so gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diets have yielded positive results for many children.
Part medical treatise, part cookbook, Special Diets for Special Kids not only teaches how to make gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) meals and snacks, it also reveals how GFCF diets "work."
Special Diets for Special Kids provides delicious ways to package the benefits food can provide for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
The new 25th anniversary edition of includes new cooking techniques (think Instant Pot), new recipes, and new research.
Author Dr. Lisa Lewis, whose son has autism, has a talent for explaining the scientific basis of digestive and absorptive problems in autistic children in ways that are easy for overwhelmed parents to understand.