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The GAPS Diet or GAPS protocol is a special diet which is designed to detoxify the gut.

The GAPS diet is based on treating Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS), a condition which claims a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain.*

The GAPS Diet is a modified version of the specific carbohydrate diet. It excludes sugars and starches, prohibiting potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, wheat, flour, dairy products, and sugar in any form other than fruit. It allows certain vegetables and fruits, meats, fats, nuts, and broths.

The GAPS protocol was designed for patients suffering from learning disabilities, psychiatric and psychological disorders, immune system problems and digestive problems.

*Please note:

  • Gut and Psychology Syndrome is not a recognised medical condition.
  • We have been unable to identify any peer-reivewed studies which suggest that the GAPS Diet provides any benefit to people on the autism  spectrum.

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