Autism and Digestive Issues, a New Study
A new study out of the Mayo Clinic has found that children with autism do not have a higher incidence of GI issues when compared with neurotypically developing peers. The study followed 124 children with autism from birth to 18 years old and compared this group with 242 neurotypical children. The study attributed increased GI disturbances to the picky eating and rigid dietary habits of many children with ASD.
Despite what will undoubtedly be a continuing debate, there is still the issue of how processed and junk foods have not only become prevalent in our society but have become staples in most homes, those with children on the spectrum and otherwise. I think the most compelling yet simple argument for developing healthy eating habits is:
If it is in the house, they have access to it.
Family based fitness and wellness includes dietary practices that prevent disease and actually promotes optimal development. It is awe-striking how far we have gone from basic, healthful nutrition and eating whole foods. We are at the point where it is perceived as “radical” to eat foods that do not come in boxes, have not been stripped of their natural nutrients, are not loaded with sugar, are not “enriched” with vitamins in quantities we may not need, are sprayed with pesticides, and raised inhumanely (if talking proteins).
The solution to the crisis, and it is a crisis, in the food industry is not necessarily a simple one, but the reality is that if we continue to feed our children garbage, and it is garbage, there will be major consequences. Sometime I will get into exactly how we have been lied to, what the history of the agriculture industry is in the U.S., and which major GRAIN manufacturer invented the food pyramid. In the meantime, real foods (those with less than two ingredients) are your friends.