World Autism Day was on 2 Apr. We conducted a Cook Gluten Free class on 12 Mar as a prelude to mark this special day. What is Gluten free? Gluten is a protein found in many grains and can cause allergies in some people especially children. Such grains include wheat, barley, oats and rye. Though not 100% proven but a gluten free diet may help children with autism because many such children have gastrointestinal difficulties or suffer from a "leaky gut" which makes it hard for them to digest certain grains properly. Eating gluten leads to high levels of protein by-products which may in turn affect their behaviour. Take gluten out of the equation and behaviour is said to improve in autistic children.
Cooking gluten free diets is not as challenging or intimidating as you might think. Those starting on a gluten free diet will find it easier to try out simple recipes replacing wheat components with vegetables or other ingredients. Chef Bee shared with students some gluten free recipes which are not only yummy but easy to prepare too. Those of you who wish to know more, log on to our website at www.at19culinary.com