The popularity of gluten free diet for kids has been growing, in the last few years. We have, for instance, seen more and more people opting to undertake Internet-based research on these diets in the last few years. Most of these turn out to be parents, who are keen on knowing if their kids can benefit from gluten free diets. Others turn out to be parents who have already concluded that their kids can benefit from gluten free diets, and who are only keen on working out how to go about implementing such diets. We have also seen more and more people (mostly parents) querying their doctors about the gluten free diets, and the usefulness of such diets to kids. Others opt to talk to dieticians, about these diets – with most of their concerns being about the usefulness of the diets for kids, how the diets can be implemented for kids and so on. The question we are interested in tackling here is one as to why the popularity of these diets (for kids) has been growing in the recent past.
As it turns out, the first reason behind the growing popularity of gluten free diet for kids is something to do with the information emerging from certain corners that these diets may help with behavioral issues. We all know, for instance, that kids tend to be hyperactive. Kids also tend to have short attention spans. Now in this age where ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has become such a common diagnosis, many parents tend to suspect that their kids have ADHD – even when the kids don’t. This leads them to start figuring out ways in which they can ameliorate the hyperactivity symptoms. Upon coming across suggestions that gluten free diets may be helpful in that regard, the parents are inclined to show keener interest in such diets. And such interest is bound to be widespread, given the fact that (as we noted earlier), kids are naturally hyperactive, and they tend to naturally have short attention spans. That state of affairs leads many parents with ‘normal’ kids, especially those who haven’t come across kids with genuine ADHD, to suspect that their (pretty normal) kids have the condition. Another set of behavioral problems that gluten free diets are said to be helpful with (in kids) is that of the behavioral problems associated with autism.
The second reason behind the growing popularity of gluten free diet for kids is something to do with the information, emanating from certain corners, to the effect that these gluten free diets may be (in certain ways) healthier than the other diets. Seeing that every normal parent wants the best for his or her kids, this sort of information generates a lot of interest from parents who are keen on having their kids access the alleged health benefits.
There is, of course, the question as to whether the gluten free diet for kids are actually helpful with behavioral problems, and whether the diets are really healthier than ordinary diets. Most of the authorities on these matters tend to argue that these gluten free diets are not really helpful with things like autism and ADHD. Many authorities on these matters also seem to take the view that the gluten free diets are not necessarily healthier, except for kids with properly diagnosed celiac disease or gluten intolerance. But so long as there is information coming from certain quarters to the effect that the gluten free diets may have some unique benefits for kids, you can be sure that parents will continue showing a lot of interest in the diets. These are just normal parents, who are keen on ensuring the success of their progeny, and you can’t really blame them.