The gluten free diet’s popularity has been growing in the autism community for some years but recent studies show that this approach may not be supported by clinical evidence.

A recent study released on June 18, 2013, shows that a subset of children with autism have increased immune reactivity to gluten. The goal the study is to determine if there is a relationship between gluten-related immune system abnormalities and autism. Dr. Alaedini, assistant professor of medical science in Department of Medicine and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center, explained that “There is evidence that immune system abnormalities are associated with symptoms in a substantial number of individuals with autism.” Researchers discovered that there may be an association between gluten sensitivity and autism but the mechanism of that reaction is distinct form what we see in people with celiac disease.

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