Children with autism need a good healthy clean diet to thrive


Over the years we have seen that parents of Autistic children can struggle to pinpoint the best foods that their child can eat. So here is a list of foods that they can eat if we are to see an improvement, as well as the food to watch out for and that will exacerbate the condition.

Nearly one in fifty-nine children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two decades earlier, the odds of diagnosis were one in one hundred fifty.

In general, it is necessary to avoid foods that promote fungus and cause inflammation in the body. Sugar directly feeds fungus that cause reactions in the body and lead to the autoimmune disorders that create autistic behaviour. Nightshade foods also cause inflammation as well as foods like grains and wheat.

It’s also important to boost the immune system to fight the infections. Often these infections are caused by the vaccinations, such as tetanus.

Autism is a label given to the whole spectrum of people with behavioural issues. These symptoms include:

  • Communication issues
  • Social interaction issues
  • Difficulties reading social behavior
  • Problems making eye contact
  • Understanding someone else’s perspective
  • Not understanding boundaries
  • Talking too loudly
  • Lacking in basic speech and conversational skills
  • Problems with small talk
  • Heightened senses
  • Stimming

It’s a wide range of symptoms.

There are many treatments out there, but what I have found in all cases is that there are ways to reverse these symptoms, the top 3 being:

These 3 things, really make a big difference and it always amazes parents how much of a difference these can make to their child’s well being.
In this article we want to focus on diet.

Please see this section for further articles on how we can best treat Autism.

Numerous studies have shown that a modern diet will cause physical and mental health issues. There is a general lack of nutrition in most children’s daily intake in the western world and I find it truly alarming.

Modern farming and food processing have meant that what we eat is not as good as it once was. There have been numerous studies that link Autism and general cognitive behaviour to what we eat. The brain is a muscle and requires nutrition as well as stimulation.

With Forever chemicals found in meat and milk produceheavy metals found in fruit juices and cancer causing chemotherapy drugs found in Potato chips.

This research is part of a growing list of dangers associated with processed and GMO foods.

The harm of Preservative PPA

PPA is a short chain fatty acid, that is used as a food preservative. Studies have shown that eating food containing this additive preservative exacerbates the symptoms of autism in children. PPA is also a product of gut bacteria, thus produced in our own body. A subset of ASD patients are reported to have high levels of PPA producing bacteria, for example.

Scientists exposed human neural stem cells to high levels of the toxic food preservative and found that it reduced the development of neurons.

The preservative is found in packaged and processed foods, such as baked goods and cheese.

Nearly one in fifty-nine children in the United States is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the latest report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two decades earlier, the odds of diagnosis were one in one hundred fifty.

So make the change today and when you cut out the bad food and introduce fresh organic fruits and vegetables to their diet, then the change will start to show very quickly.

If you notice the behavior of any child, for example at a kid’s party where there is sugar everywhere and your child loads up on cake and candies they become eratic, overly emotional and generally show unusual signs of behaviour. This is the same principle.

Give your child a clean heathy diet that is free from all the nasties and you will soon see the difference.

Making the change

This is not to say this easy for any parent. As we all want to give our child what they want. But consider whether it is what they NEED and it becomes a different way of looking at it.

Some tough love may be required here. For the addictive part of the brain is very sensitive to these foods, once a child has been eating sugar and processed foods, a transition away is needed abnd this requires time and patience. But it is REALLY worth it.

The challenge we find with adjusting the diet of a child is often, not only the child’s desire to not try anything new, but also the parents feeling of guilt that can mean this transition harder.

This is a controversial and emotional area. It must be treated as such.

Make it fun and exciting, try and involve your child in the making of the food.

The good news is that if they still want to eat pizza and pasta, then they can.

We have to face the fact there may be some pain along the way, but stay firm and you can help wean your child away from sugar and processed foods. It takes time and dedication and will not happen over night, but we as parents must teach our children the right foods to eat.

So here’s the list of foods they can eat. We have also included the foods you cannot eat for reference, but let’s start with the good food:

Potatoes: If your child loves mashed potatoes, then swap your white potato for sweet potatoes, or casaba (high in B17) instead.

Pizza: They can still have pizza. Just make the pizza base with Amaranth flour instead of wheat flower. Tomatoes can be replaced with basil to make the paste and then you can experiment with fresh ingredients from the list below for various toppings.

Flat bread: We have spent nearly two decades trying hundreds of recipes for bread that suit this diet. We understand ‘no wheat and no gluten’ but this can mean a variety of horrors, as these breads can end up looking like ‘bird cake’ that my grandma used to make. It gets all stuck in your teeth, tastes awful and dries your mouth out. It can often be labour intensive, but end up an offense to your senses.

I personally really missed white, soft, tasty bread. I also missed pita bread. I was a bit of a bread lover. So, finally, after years of searching, we discovered something in between the two, that requires only a few ingredients and is quick to make.

It was a wonder to discover this healthy flat bread recipe.

Pasta: Organic Quinoa pasta is a wonderful alternative to wheat pasta and they will hardly notice the difference in flavor, it’s a bit more delicate and may require a slightly lower heat, but the family can still enjoy pasta, but this time its with healthy ingredients from the list below. You can make a basil paste instead of a tomato one. Its delicious.

Rice: if your child likes rice then there is organic wild and black rice, to replace white rice (which has zero nutritional value and causes inflammation). Fry the rice in coconut oil, or ghee for a lovely flavor.

Butter: If you like butter, then you can make and buy organic Almond, or Coconut butter, or a good ghee, instead of dairy butters for various flavors.

Cooking oils: Replace cooking oils, with coconut, or hemp oil, for example, to ensure you are getting as much from the oil as you can.

It may cost a bit more, but health is everything and food is a medicine, so buy organic and keep it varied.

Raw living spirulina is a daily must and is a living form of algae that is infused with ocean water and is high in chlorophyll and antioxidants. It is also rich in the blue pigment phycocyanin, a biliprotein which has been shown to inhibit cancer-colony formation. 

Vegetables Most vegetables are very healthy. Others worth mentioning include artichokes, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, celery, eggplant, leeks, lettuce, radishes, squash, Swiss chard, turnips, and zucchini.

Root vegetables are underground plant parts eaten by humans and the term “root vegetable” is applied to all these types (in the culinary and agricultural sense) of vegetables are generally storage organs, enlarged to store energy in the form of carbohydrates.

Many root vegetables keep well in root cellars, lasting several months.


The reason that it is best to choose organically grown food is simply because, in cases like cancer, autism and other autoimmune diseases, is that we need to eradicate as many toxins as we can. (Please see below for more details).

Soak in Apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar

So in order to avoid these pitfalls, please choose Organic and ALSO soak your fruit and vegetables before you use them, even if they claim to be organic, much of it is still treated in some way, or grown in phosphates, so we recommend you neutralise these toxins before hand.

Simply soak the fruit in a bowl of mineral water and vinegar (a glass bowl is preferably due to the toxic effect of plastic), leave to soak for 10 minutes and then drain and rinse with mineral water.

Where do we get the protein?

Complete proteins have the essential amino acids, or building blocks, that the body requires, in adequate amounts. Meats are complete proteins, but many plant-based proteins aren’t. It’s good to know the difference and reach for complete proteins when you can.

Some non-meat complete proteins are:

Seeds – Quinoa is a seed and complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. If you’re not familiar with it, think of it like a grain, or pasta. Use it in dishes in place of rice or couscous, for example, and you’ll give your dish an automatic protein boost.

Also, chia and flaxseeds are a good source of complete proteins.

Greens Veggies like broccoli and kale are an easy way to get a whole host of nutrients, including protein.

Spinach has 5 grams of protein per cup, so it’s not huge, but it’s great because you’re getting other things like vitamin A and calcium and iron

Beans contain protein, if you suffer from gas avoid beans, they come with lots of bonuses, like fiber, folate, antioxidants, and vitamins. Yum, in the case of chickpeas — be blended into tasty dips like hummus.

Nuts A no-brainer when it comes to easy protein for your daily diet. They are packed with protein, take Brazil nuts, high in not only protein but selenium also.

Flours: Coconut, cassava, Sorghum flour, Amaranth flour, Teff flour, Arrowroot flour, Chickpea flour, tapioca four, Tigernut flour, wild rice flour, nut flours

So here is the complete list of foods you can eat:

  • Almond and almond oil
  • Coconut butter
  • Artichoke
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados & avocado oil
  • green Veg
  • cassava chips or mash
  • Castor oil
  • chick peas/Gabanza beans
  • root veg all variety
  • Beets, (also known as beetroot)
  • Berries of all kinds
  • olives
  • Black radish
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Capers
  • Carrots
  • Castor oil
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chia seeds
  • Cherimoya (custard apple, or sharifa)
  • Cherries and tart cherry juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut, fresh or dried (no additives)
  • Coconut milk (not canned due to the heavy metals)
  • Coconut oil
  • Collard greens
  • Coriander, fresh or dried
  • Cucumber
  • Dill, fresh or dried
  • Dragon fruit
  • Eggplant
  • Mackerel and sardines (which are all high in Omega 3)
  • Fruits like berries, bananas, dragon fruit & mangoes etc (Citrus fruits must be occasional and not everyday)
  • flax seeds
  • Garlic
  • Ghee, homemade
  • Ginger root, fresh
  • Green and Herbal teas
  • Green leaf vegetables
  • Herbs, fresh or dried (no additives)
  • Honey (natural organic)
  • Horseradish
  • Juices, fruit, or vegetable (only fresh pressed)
  • Kale
  • Kumquats
  • Lettuce of all kinds that are not GMO
  • Lentils
  • Lemons
  • Mustard seeds (pure powdered)
  • Nutmeg
  • Nut milks like cashew, walnut, almond etc
  • Olives (preserved without sugar)
  • wild and black rice
  • Papayas
  • pumpkin seeds
  • Peas, fresh green or dried split
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potato
  • Swiss Chard
  • Surinam fruit
  • Prunes, in juice or dried, (with no additives)
  • pomegranate
  • Pumpkin
  • Pineapple
  • Raddish
  • Quinoa
  • Rhubarb
  • Spices, single or pure, no additives
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • raw live spirulina
  • raw honey
  • hemp oil
  • almond oil
  • bitter apricot seeds (30 daily max for adults)
  • sweet apricot seeds
  • Squash, summer or winter
  • Tangerines
  • Turnips
  • Turmeric with black pepper
  • Ugly fruit
  • Iron Cherries
  • sour sop/Graviola
  • sunflower seeds
  • Watercress
  • wild rice
  • wheatgrass
  • Zucchini (courgette)
  • Nuts like Walnuts and Brazil nuts (avoid peanuts)

Foods you can eat occasionally:

  • Dried fruit
  • bone broth
  • Yogurt, home-made (not for hormone receptive cancer)


So yes, here is the list of foods to avoid for your reference. But once you’ve learned this list then you can go back to the list of foods you can have!


Sugar causes inflammation in the body and brain and so it is important to avoid sucrose and other complex carbohydrates starches, or food that sugars in the body  and feeds the fungul infections that are causing these underlying issues.

And so you will need to control blood sugar levels. The easiest and most effective way to do this is through a plant based diet that also contains nuts.

Its also important to to avoid foods that causes inflammation, as this is also going to increase tumor growth, so the nightshades are amongst the problem group as they can create swellings and enflame cancers.

And avoid these at all times:

If its not the foods you can eat do not take the risk with their health

  • All tinned, boxed, GMO, processed foods
  • All meat, milk and cheese
  • Coffee, except enema use
  • Crustaceans (eg shell fish, prawns, crayfish etc)
  • fish except mackerel and sardines
  • Lima beans (fresh or dried)
  • Peanut butter
  • Tomatoes, juice or puree, no additives
  • All Alcohol
  • Acesulphame
  • Agar-agar
  • Agave syrup
  • Baked beans
  • Baker’s yeast
  • raising agents of all kind
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Barley
  • Beer
  • Bitter Gourd
  • Black eye beans
  • Bologna
  • Bouillon cubes or granules
  • Brandy
  • Buckwheat
  • Bulgur
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Carob
  • Carrageenan
  • Cellulose gum
  • boxed breakfast cereals
  • Cheese – processed or cheese spreads, Chevre, Cottage or Cream Cheese, Feta, Gjetost, Gruyere, Mozzarella,
  • Neufchatel, Primost, Ricotta
  • Chewing gum
  • Chicory root
  • candy or Chocolate
  • Canned Coconut milk (metals in the can)
  • Cocoa powder
  • Coffee, instant or coffee substitutes
  • Cooking oils except coconut oil
  • Corn
  • Corn starch
  • Corn syrup
  • Cottonseed
  • Cream
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Dextrose
  • Fava beans
  • Fish – except fresh caught mackerel
  • Flour not listed in the can eat
  • FOS (fructooligosaccharides)
  • Fruit, canned or preserved
  • fermented vinegars and all things fermented
  • Ham
  • Hot dogs
  • Ice-cream (commercially made)
  • Jams, or jellies
  • Ketchup, commercially available
  • Lactose
  • Maple Syrup
  • Margarine or butter replacements
  • Meats, processed, preserved, smoked or salted
  • Millet
  • Milk, buttermilk or dried from any
  • animal, soy, rice
  • Molasses
  • Mung beans
  • Nutra-sweet (aspartame)
  • Salted, roasted or coated nuts
  • Oats
  • Packaged meals and processed foods
  • Pasta made from wheat
  • Peanuts
  • Pectin
  • Postum
  • White Potato
  • Rice, except black rice or wild rice
  • Rye
  • Saccharin
  • Sago
  • Sausages (commercially available)
  • Semolina
  • Soda soft drinks
  • Sour cream, commercial
  • Soy
  • Spelt
  • Starch
  • Sugar or sucrose, of any kind
  • Tea in boxes or bags, no black tea
  • Triticale
  • Turkey loaf
  • Vegetables, canned or preserved
  • Tofu
  • Wheat
  • Wheat germ
  • Whey, powder or liquid
  • Yogurt (commercially made)


Modern Farming

The reason that it is best to choose organically grown food is simply because, in cases like cancer, autism and other autoimmune diseases, is that we need to eradicate as many toxins as we can. The food we now buy from supermarkets, restaurants and stores (including Whole Foods and others that claim to be good) has been treated in some way, or another, be it sprayed with Glyphosate containing Round Up, or other pesticides, grown in phosphorous soil and been genetically modified. This excessive production model has made food cheaper to buy, to reach the wider more demanding population, but no longer contains all the essential nutrients that our bodies need.

For our food may have been genetically modified, but our bodies have not.

These chemicals put extra strain on your immune system and carry a carcinogenic (cancer causing) effect, so avoid these neurotoxins.

There are many products that claim to be natural that are far from natural and beware of the new label cover up with the term “Biofortified” which will become the new term for GMO food.

Soak in Apple cider vinegar, or white vinegar

So in order to avoid these pitfalls, please choose Organic and also soak your fruit and vegetables before you use them (see above)

Here are some tips we have learned over the years.

Plan ahead

Having a well-planned grocery list gets you in and out of the store quickly and helps you stick to your healthy eating plan. So we have scoured the lists and compared the nutritional balance to strive to create you a list of ingredients that will inspire you as well as genuinely help you.

Use these tips and in just a few minutes, you’ll have a blueprint for a cart full of groceries that won’t bust your budget.

Online delivery

Supermarkets are designed to make you buy more than you went in for and show such huge varieties of attractive packaging for a reason. They can become incredibly uncomfortable places for parents of an autistic child, overwhelmed by the foods they cannot eat. So it’s best to avoid them and online shipping is a great way to avoid the supermarket.

We find that if you are lucky enough to live in an area where you can have food delivered to you then you should take advantage of such a service. As it will save you time and keep you away from all the temptations of the supermarket.

We are currently in the process of writing a weekly meal plan to help with recipes ideas. Cooking is all about keeping it fun, quick and easy, pairing flavors.

So these will be easy on the eye, tasty on the tongue, an improvement on your immune responses, delicate on the digestive system and good for your gut … And even makes a great trophy in the toilet!

For some people accepting help is difficult, but in times of need it’s important to accept the help of friends and sending them a recipe or two can help you focus on other aspects of the protocol.

One shopping basket

It’s really helpful if the family also invest in a healthier diet and try and stick to the one cart for all approach and avoid the pitfalls of buying other items for various family members. Here they can best show their support and improve their own habits. A new ways of life for the whole family. As its important to maintain their health too in these difficult times.

Their immune system will be under stress and it’s important to support the immune system and we also recommend they take Liposomal Vitamin C.

Avoid plastics

Avoid using plastics where you can. Get the plastic wrapper off as soon as possible as the plastics seeps and leaks into the food. Do not put plastic in the dish washer as it will contaminate the other items.

Use cast iron and glass where you can to cook with. Non stick pans are carcinogenic over time.

So with all this information in mind, please stay informed and you can focus on the health benefits of eating the food that God intended us to eat. Put the music on and get creative. Get a spiraliser they can transform any vegetable and make your meals look photogenic!

We would also like to hear from you with any recipe ideas so we can feature them in the future.

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