This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Special Diet Resources and Food Lists

This post is a collection of basic resources and lists of foods that are avoided (or included) on various special diets.  I have found that lists tend to be at best a bit inaccurate, so I suggest researching and deciding for yourself which ones you want to follow.  I am putting these lists together in one post so that they are easy to find and cross-reference.

Many of the foods on these lists are generally considered "healthy" and it can be hard for people to get used to the idea that they may need to limit or remove these foods, even when they are aware of having reactions to them.  As Sue Dengate has written on her site Food Intolerance Network,
"If ‘healthy’ foods make you ill, they are not healthy for you.".


Fact Sheets from the Food Intolerance Network
These cover a wide range of topics, including MSG, sulfites and other preservatives, special diet info relating to different medical conditions, A2 milk, and fructose malabsorption.

Foods that can function as excitotoxins
This short article is from Dr Amy Yasko and explains why some foods can have a negative effect in people with certain neurotransmitter imbalances.  She calls them "neuroprovoking" foods.  It includes a list of these foods, broken down by category (such as MSG, aspartate, etc).


Arginine and Lysine (a factor in managing herpes viral activation)


Biotin content of foods
Biotin is an important vitamin, often considered one of the B vitamins.  Most people get adequate amounts from a normal diet but some people have higher dietary requirements of it, or may be on a limited diet which excludes good sources of biotin.


Corn-free foods (and products) list

Corn Allergens

Where's the corn in foods?

Corn Allergy Girl's "Safe for me" list of products and foods

Hidden corn-based ingredients

Extensive list of how different types of corn are used from Iowa State University

Corn-Free Baking and Cooking

Corn in enzyme products

Corn is now in some receipt paper


The FAILSAFE diet explained
FAILSAFE stands for free of additives, low in salicylates, amines, and flavor enhancers.  It is essentially a low food-chemical diet. 

FAILSAFE shopping list


The Feingold program


FODMAPS stands for Fermentable Oligo-Saccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-Saccharides and Polyols.  Uses of this diet include addressing SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) and IBS.

Low FODMAPs handout from Stanford Medical Center

GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)

Foods allowed on the full GAPS diet

Foods allowed on each stage of the GAPS intro diet


Getting started on a gluten-free diet

List from TACA of food additives that probably or may include gluten

Safe gluten-free food list

Gluten free craft supplies

GF/CF (gluten-free, casein-free diet)

ANDI- Autism Network for Dietary Intervention

GF/CF diet intervention- the autism diet
This site has extensive lists of products that are acceptable on a GF/CF diet (although this can change at any time, so it is best to double-check a product before using it).  To search use these lists, go to "directory of site".

HISTAMINE (and other amines)

Histamine potential of foods and additives
This list from Switzerland is more thorough than most, and also indicates if a food contains histamine, is a histamine liberator, or blocks the DAO enzyme that degrades histamine.

Histamine levels in foods from the Food Intolerance Network

ICUS histamine-restricted diet

Foods Containing Amines

The top 10 histamine-containing foods


Fruit-Latex Syndrome
This article provides a list of foods that may cross-react for people who are allergic to latex.


Free Glutamate content of selected foods

List of Neuro-Provoking Foods from Dr Amy Yasko (includes aspartate too)


The Low Oxalate Diet
This page has food lists sorted by type (dairy, fruit, nuts, etc) as well as recipes.  These lists also indicate salicylate, GF/CF and SCD status.  For the most accurate and up-to-date oxalate levels, join the yahoo group Trying Low Oxalates, and look in the files section.


Salicylate sensitivity
This site has a lot of information about salicylates, what they are, how to manage them, as wel as resources including recipes and a forum.

Basic information about salicylates from WebMD

Salicylate Content in Foods

Salicylate and phenol content of foods

SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) 

Pecanbread- Kids and SCD

SCD Web Library

Legal/Illegal list of foods


Alternatives to soy foods including miso, tofu, and soy sauce


Foods High in Sulfur (Thiols) 

QUERCETIN (an antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer)

Quercetin content of food


Foods High in Vitamin K