Although autism is primarily a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior, some studies suggest there is an inflammatory component of the condition. While there is no strong evidence to support any one particular diet for treating or curing autism, diet can have a significant impact on the body’s inflammation.
As a nutritionist who works with children on the autism spectrum, the primary concern I hear from parents is that their child won’t try new foods. Autism picky eating is extremely common - anywhere from 50 to over 80% of parents report picky eating in a child on the spectrum.
What is the most frustrating autism picky eating advice you’ve received?
Autism parents worry that their picky eaters aren’t consuming the right nutrients. They see their child eating a limited number of foods, restricting entire food groups, refusing supplements, and eating only certain textures. Is it really possible such limited diet provides all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients a child needs to thrive and grow?
Parents want to know how to help their child with autism eat more veggies and the question that will eventually follow is “what vegetables should I feed by picky eater?”