Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month

In addition to November being Alzheimer’s Disease Month, the month of November is also Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month. 

A gluten-free diet is a special diet that eliminates foods that contain or are made from the protein gluten.  Wheat, barley, rye, and oats contain gluten and should be avoided.  Experts often recommend a three-month gluten-free-diet trial period for children younger than age three and for a six-month period after age three.  It is important to introduce this diet gradually as children may have different reactions to their change in diet.  There are plenty of resources for parents regarding a gluten-free diet.  Parents can purchase gluten-free cook books and find fun kid friendly recipes on the internet in order to still provide their children with the adequate nutrition they need.

What are some foods that children can and cannot eat on this diet?

Can Eat:

  • Fresh meats
  • Fresh Fruits/Vegetables
  • Rice/Rice Crackers
  • Corn meal/starch
  • Potato Starch
  • Soy
  • Beans
  • Most milk products

Cannot Eat:

  • Wheat, wheat germ, semolina
  • Oats, oat flour
  • Barley, barley flour
  • Rye
  • Malt flavoring
  • Most gravies, soups, sauces

Hope you enjoyed this weeks post! Talk to you soon!

-Lindsay

 

Hutton, T. (2008). Gluten-Free Diet  and Children with Autism. Super Duper Publications.

 

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