Most parents I know with autistic children avoid gluten like the plague, despite there continuing to be no mainstream recommendation to do so. That may be about to change.
Researchers at Columbia University have found raised gluten antibodies in some autistic children, without necessarily finding them to be coeliac. In other words, there is a different form of gluten reaction/sensitivity going on, which is most likely related to an immune response in the gut different to coeliac disease and to leaky gut, very probably (in my view) caused by the gluten zonulin upregulation.
The authors of the study concluded:
A subset of children with autism displays increased immune reactivity to gluten, the mechanism of which appears to be distinct from that in celiac disease. The increased anti-gliadin antibody response and its association with GI symptoms points to a potential mechanism involving immunologic and/or intestinal permeability abnormalities in affected children.
You can read the full study here:
Guess parents know their children best, as always 😉