Taste in early childhood
(edited by Prof. Gabriella Morini, University of Gastronomic Sciences)
The eating habits of children are strongly guided by their preferences; in other words, they eat only what they like. Therefore, identifying the factors that determine the choices and the consumption of foods in children is important for planning strategies to improve children's health. Genetic factors have an undoubted importance, but their predisposition is altered by exposure to different tastes starting as early on as pregnancy. Getting your child accustomed to a wide range of flavours is key in fostering in them the desire to eat fruits and vegetables (these foods are often not eaten enough in childhood), as well as in reducing their mistrust of new foods. What's more, it has been demonstrated that early experiences lay the groundwork for future food choices.
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