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What is gluten and what foods have it?

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Gluten is a mix of various proteins found in the seeds of several grains such as barley, rye, and wheat. A huge number of foods have gluten. Gluten structures or binds baked products. While it's quite difficult to avoid gluten, many stores, particularly natural food stores, display foods in a gluten-free area of the store. Still, it's important to read nutrition labels to see if there are additives containing gluten.

When someone is on a gluten-free diet, most bread and grain products are forbidden. So it's important to make sure the child (or other person) gets ample fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Supplementation can help make up for the lack of these nutrients when foods with gluten are eliminated.

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Autism Speaks: "Treatment for Autism."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Autism Spectrum Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Autism Speaks: "Treatment for Autism."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Autism Spectrum Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

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