Learning About Diet Can Help The Ones You Love

Here, Dr. Algert offers a wealth of information on how to formulate the right diet for your child.

Gluten Free Diet in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The evidence to support GFCF (Gluten-free Casein-free) diets in treatment of children for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) remains weak and inconclusive. However success is possible for a subset of children who have gastrointestinal problems (constipation, diarrhea, bloating) and food sensitivities. Here’s a quick summary from my review of two recent scientific papers:

–Children predisposed to GI problems might particularly benefit from a GFCF dietary intervention.

–Children with allergy symptoms also demonstrated improved ASD symptoms on GFCF diet.

–The better the compliance to the diet, the greater the improvement in symptoms.

–Drawbacks to the diet include: 1) nutritionally inadequate in calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, magnesium and other minerals; 2) social stigmatization and difficulty in complying with the diet.

–Probiotics containing lactobacilli provide protection against infection in the gut and healthy immune function.

–Work closely with a Registered Dietitian to assess dietary adequacy and choose an appropriate vitamin and probiotic supplement.


Nutrition Research Reviews; 2014; doi:10.1017/S0954422414000110.

Pennesik CM, Klein LC. Effectiveness of the gluten-free, casein-free diet for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: based on parental report. Nutritional Neuroscience. 2012 15:85-91.

Mari-Bauset S, Zazpe I, Mari-Sanchis A, et al. Evidence of the gluten-free, casein-free diet in autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Child Neurology 2014, 1-10; doi: 10.1177/ 0883073814531330.

The Best Gluten-Free Casein-Free Recipe for Broiled Fish

Best GFCF Way to Cook Fish

gluten free casein free fish recipe

This is an great tasting and easy way to cook any type of fish under the broiler. The key is not to overcook the fish.

Place on the baking sheet or roasting pan:

1-1/2 -2 pounds fish

Juice of 1-2 lemons over fish

Mrs Dash seasoning blend (it is GF!)

2-4 Tablespoons of GF CF mayonnaise

Squeeze lemon juice generously over fish. Sprinkle with Mrs Dash seasoning blend. Spread mayonnaise over top of fish. Place fish under broiler and cook undisturbed for 4 minutes. If the fillets are 1⁄2 inch thick or less , they are done as soon as the exterior turns opaque. If they are thicker, check after 6 minutes; fish up to 1 inch thick probably will be done at this point. Thicker fillets will need another couple of minutes and should be basted with a little more lemon-mayo liquid.

Serve with brown rice or potatoes and a salad.

A Delicious Gluten-Free BBQ Recipe for Entertaining

Gluten-Free Dinner Recipe - Chicken Kabobs, Corn, Rice & Beans, & Cabbage Salad

My friend’s son has Celiac Disease and I prepared this menu last week when they were visiting from Southern California. Everything is gluten-free, prepared from unprocessed ingredients and from the local grocery store. Enjoy!


  • Corn chips with fire roasted salsa
  • Roasted and salted almonds


  • Chicken and veggie kabobs
  • Sweet and sour cabbage slaw—the best gluten-free accompaniment to BBQ!
  • Fresh local sweet corn
  • White or Brown Basmanti Rice in chicken broth
  • Black beans

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