Researchers have also noted that diet preferences can negatively affect a child with autism’s health. Professionals recommend that all children eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and a limited number of foods that are high in sugar. To be fair, most children don’t prefer healthy diet choices. But based on studies, children with autism are more likely to self-impose diet constraints that hinder overall health. On the one hand, children with autism tend to prefer foods that are low in nutrition but dense in energy, especially foods high in carbohydrates like potatoes. On the other hand, some children with autism also experience aversions to certain food types because of taste or texture. While these aversions can be overcome, learning to cope with them can also be a challenge that takes a lot of time and energy.