Diets Excluding Milk Protein Wheat Might Not Help Autism

05.20.10 | FL News Team

Eliminating wheat and milk protein might not help children with autism. A new study casts doubt on the dietary approach to managing autism, but says early behavioral treatments help. Dr. Susan Hyman of the University of Rochester in New York said the "small study didn't show significant benefits" of the wheat and milk protein free diets. Hyman told the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia that other diets might work to help manage autism. She noted that during the study, children got benefits from the early childhood education programs that were part of the research. She said, quote, "early childhood education appears to work in helping symptoms of autism." As many as one in 100 children in the U.S. have autism.