Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a nonprofit research organization in Philadelphia, have found that babies born to mothers who eat a diverse and varied diet while pregnant and breast-feeding are more open to a wide range of flavors. They’ve also found that babies who follow that diet after weaning carry those preferences into childhood and adulthood. Researchers believe that the taste preferences that develop at crucial periods in infancy have lasting effects for life. In fact, changing food preferences beyond toddlerhood appears to be extremely difficult.
Two really important take-aways:
1. PLEASE do not blame your childhood or your parents for your weight. You’ve been an adult long enough that it’s not squarely in your own, ample, lap.
2. Start your children out eating a variety of foods, whatever your ped recommends.