Many persons with autism appear to suffer difficulties in digesting and obtaining the nutrients from foods containing gluten or casein. Gluten is a protein found in grains and casein is a protein found in dairy products. The incomplete breakdown of these proteins in the digestive system can cause disruption in biochemical and neurological processes in the brain, affecting brain function. Parents and professionals have reported seeing improvement in behavior and functioning when their child has been placed on a diet free from gluten and casein (GFCF). 

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