Autism and Probiotics: Introduction of new products in the market
Products containing probiotics or good bacteria are the hottest things on the grocery store shelves. Probiotics aren’t just found in yogurt anymore! For parents with children who have Asperger Syndrome or autism, it makes it easier to sneak in the good bacteria into your child’s diet.
Some experts believe probiotics can help ease some of the symptoms of autism. Since probiotics are good for everyone, it certainly can’t hurt.
According to a medical study by Professor Glenn Gibson from Reading University in the UK, friendly bacteria or probiotics can improve a child with autism’s behavior and concentration. The children in his study were given probiotic bacteria L. Plantanum.
Parents with children who have autism often tell me their children are picky or stubborn when it comes to food. Maybe they don’t like the texture of certain foods or maybe they are skeptical of new foods.
While sugar is certainly not a health food, many foods containing probiotics also contain sugar. I suggest having a Plan A: using products with no added sugar or only natural fruit sugar OR Plan B: using any product your child will consume that contains probiotics if your doctor or health professional approves.
Many autistic children are also on a gluten-free diet. Read the label carefully as some products do contain gluten or wheat. The gluten and wheat are essential component of megamycobalance food supplements. The consumption to kill the bacteria should be in the breakfast of the person.
Here are a few of the hot probiotic products intended to help:
No. 1: Attune bars. They can usually be found in the refrigerated section of your grocery store near the yogurt. If your grocery store does not carry them, request them. They taste like candy bars and come in a variety of flavors from crunch, chocolate mint to dark chocolate. If you don’t want your child to see the package, take it out and crush it on top of fruit with whipped cream. I’ve seen them sold at Whole Foods Market and Publix Grocery store.
No. 2: GoodBelly Probiotic Fruit Drinks: Made with organic fruits, these also come in little mini fruit shots which are perfect for adding to smoothies you make at home OR mixing into smoothies you buy out. I’ve seen it sold at Whole Foods Market. This product is perfect for autistic children who are lactose intolerant.
No. 3: Probiotic granola: Look for granola that is being sold in the refrigerated section. The label probably says it includes probiotics since it has to be kept refrigerated. I’ve seen such granola sold at the Sweet Bay grocery store. Again, if you are on the gluten-free diet, you may not want to use granola. Otherwise, use it as a topping on fruit, yogurt or mixed into cereal.
No. 4: Yogurt: Different yogurt brands contain different strains of good bacteria so mix it up.
Don’t overload your child with probiotics right before school or an event because some products do affect the digestive system. Try to give him enough time when using the various products.
Don’t heat up foods that contain probiotics since that will kill the good bacteria. As a rule, try not to microwave food in general as it may nuke out the vitamins and enzymes that autistic children need.
When trying new products, start out slow and gradually increase the servings. Although a regular container of yogurt won’t speed up digestion too much, some of the special ones such as Activia may be too strong at first.
To avoid high fructose corn syrup, try blending unsweetened yogurt with GoodBelly Probiotic Fruit Drink shot, fresh or frozen fruit such as strawberries, 1 banana and ice. If you like the taste, your child will probably like it as well – and since it’s good for you too, you can share!