“Eating a gluten free diet can help with reducing symptoms of asd”
Listen… That’s not how it works.
I dug a little into the topic and I found out that intolerances for certain kinds of foods are very common among autistic people.
And gluten intolerance doesn’t always have to show through symptoms affecting your body, it can also solely show through reduced motivation, reduced ability to concentrate and increased depressive symptoms. (and thus also take away more of your spoons because you have to try even harder to stay motivated, positive and focused)
So if you’re autistic and don’t eat gluten and feel better - and seem to be “less autistic” - it’s not because not eating gluten “helps with autism” in general. It’s just that you’re probably gluten intolerant and eating gluten “amplified” your symptoms before.
(this is something that’s especially important for parents with autistic children. Eating gluten doesn’t make your child “more” autistic, not eating gluten doesn’t make your child “less” autistic. It only influences things that we already struggle with if we’re gluten intolerant, which many autistic people are.)