The gluten-free diet is a diet which requires the individual to avoid or reduce sources of gluten (a protein found in cereals such as wheat, oats, rye and barley).
It is sometimes combined with a casein-free diet, which is designed to eliminate casein (a protein found in dairy products such as milk, butter and yogurt).
Some people think that the diet can lead to improvements in areas such as IQ, communication and social skills.
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