Drinking Almond Milk in Autism: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Almond milk is good for autism. Because it has vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium, and they can positively affect brain function and nerve health.

Autism is a condition that affects your brain development and how you perceive and interact with others.

In autism, your brain processes information differently from most people, which can cause problems in social communication, behavior, and learning.

This can lead to various health problems, such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit, and sensory issues.

One of the key factors in managing autism is diet.

What you consume can affect your mood, cognition, digestion, and immunity, which can impact your autism symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage autism, you should consume omega-3 fatty acids rich foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds and avoid gluten and casein rich foods like wheat, barley, rye, and dairy products.

Now, almond milk is a plant-based beverage made from filtered almonds and water. People usually drink it as a substitute for cow’s milk or use it in recipes that require for milk.

Almond milk is good for autism because it contains vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium.

One cup (240 ml) of commercial almond milk can give you 110% of your daily needs for vitamin E, 24% for calcium, and 4% for magnesium.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your cells from free radical damage and may help prevent cognitive decline.

Vitamin E can positively affect autism by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, which are associated with impaired social behavior and communication.

Calcium and magnesium are important minerals for bone health and nerve function.

Calcium can positively affect autism by supporting the development and function of neurons, which are essential for learning and memory.

Magnesium can positively affect autism by regulating neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that influence mood and cognition.

Furthermore, almond milk is a dairy-free and gluten-free beverage, and these types of foods are good for autism.

Because, some people with autism may have lactose intolerance or gluten sensitivity, which can worsen their gastrointestinal symptoms and behavioral problems.

You can drink up to three cups (720 ml) of almond milk per day safely. More than that can cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea due to the fiber content.

Also, you shouldn’t drink almond milk if you have a nut allergy to prevent anaphylaxis. Because almond milk is made from almonds, which are tree nuts that can trigger severe allergic reactions in some people.

You can buy fresh almond milk in your local market or order it online or make it at home from fresh almonds.

Always choose unsweetened and fortified varieties to avoid added sugar and get more nutrients. Because added sugar can increase inflammation and obesity risk, while fortified almond milk can provide more calcium and vitamin D.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, is key to managing autism effectively.

I always recommend my autism patients to follow an autism-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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