Keto Diet Facts & Tips

Can people with autism do keto?

Yes. A Healthy Keto® diet could potentially help provide significant improvements in the communication skills, sociability, cognitive function, demeanor and self-control of someone with autism.

The typical ketogenic diet:

  • 5% carbs

  • 20% protein

  • 75% fat

Someone with autism should do the healthy version of keto, adding more fat (80 to 90% fat) and keeping the ingredients healthy.

For autism it’s recommended that 25% of the fat be MCT oil. MCT oil can immediately give the person ketones. They will feed the cells directly to help promote improvement in the brain tissue.

It may also be good to bring the person’s carbohydrates down to 10 to 20 g. The healthy version of keto would consist of a lot of non-starchy vegetables with a lot of fiber, a lot of leafy greens, or green powder. The person might do best by avoiding dairy, casein, gluten and ghee.

The diet for such a person could include foods such as:

  • Fatty meat / fatty sausage

  • Coconut oil

  • Tallow

  • Eggs

  • Fatty fish

  • Fatty nuts

You would also want to add electrolytes, B vitamins complex, and trace minerals to the diet.

Last updated: Dec 18, 2023 15:47 PM