New Study Finds Higher Rates of Food Allergies in Autism

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Researchers at the University of Iowa found that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a food allergy than children who are not diagnosed with ASD.

However, the researchers don’t know which came first, autism or allergies.

This study illustrates the conundrum researchers face when confronting gut issues in children who have autism spectrum disorders.

We are fairly sure food allergies do not cause autism, but the fact that so many children on the spectrum deal with food intolerances and other gut issues highlights the important role of immune support provided by the intestinal tract.

The diversity and health of the bacterial population in the gut will most likely be revealed as the major player in addressing food allergies associated with autism.

More specifically, we need more understanding as to how different bacterial species stimulate or inhibit the immune system via signaling systems within the gut.

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