ERIC Number: EJ825243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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Does Nutritional Intake Differ between Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Children with Typical Development?
Herndon, Alison C.; DiGuiseppi, Carolyn; Johnson, Susan L.; Leiferman, Jenn; Reynolds, Ann
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n2 p212-222 Feb 2009
Consumption of macro- and micronutrients and food group servings by children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs; n = 46) and typical development (n = 31) were compared using 3-day diet records. Children with ASDs consumed significantly more vitamin B6 and E and non-dairy protein servings, less calcium, and fewer dairy servings (p less than 0.05). The significantly lower dairy serving intake persisted after controlling for child age and sex and parental dietary restrictions, and excluding children on the gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet. Large proportions of children in both groups did not meet national recommendations for daily intake of fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin E, and vitamin D.
Descriptors: Autism, Dietetics, Nutrition, Comparative Analysis, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Age Differences, Gender Differences
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