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Can Dairy-Free Diets Ease Symptoms of Autism? Some Parents Say Yes

Nondairy beverages like SoL Sunflower Beverage are good milk alternatives for those following a dairy-free diet, as they provide many nutritional benefits

Hope, MN - (March 2012) – To reduce a child's symptoms of autism, parents often try specialized diets such as a gluten-free/casein-free diet, also known as the GFCF diet, which some autism advocates say have helped their children. The National Autism Association says that many parents and doctors have found that implementing the GFCF diet relieves many of the symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorders. Parent surveys by The Autism Research Institute list the GFCF Diet as one of the most successful interventions for the treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  

Additionally, researchers at New Jersey Medical School's Autism Center found that autistic children were more likely to have abnormal immune responses to milk, soy and wheat than typically-developing children, according to Cutting-Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012.

“While the cause of autism remains unknown, in a National Survey of Children’s Health, parents of autistic children reported symptoms of allergies more often than those of other children, with food allergies being the most common complaint,” said Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN. “Taking the first steps of adjusting a child’s diet, may provide positive benefits for the whole family. Start by using a non-dairy beverage in place of milk to see if, once the body is free from dairy for several days, any positive changes can be detected.”

One milk alternative to add to the diet of an autistic person that follows a GFCF diet is Sunrich Natural’s SoL Sunflower Beverage. It’s a perfect beverage choice for people with food allergies and sensitivities as SoL is naturally free of gluten and the eight most common food allergens – including soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. SoL is delicious on its own or in recipes and is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. Available in three varieties – Original, Unsweetened and Vanilla – each 8 oz. serving of SoL provides 50% of the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin E, 30% for Calcium, 25% for Vitamin D, and 20% for Folic Acid.

SoL™ can be found at fine health food stores and natural food retailers nationwide, as well as Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the Southwest and Stop & Shop and Giant markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Recipes featuring SoL™ are available online at

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Sunrich Naturals®, maker of SoL™ Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals® believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do – how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.

Sunrich Naturals® is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States. 

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