Fussy child eaters are a common problem existing in all families. If you have got a kid below ten years at home, you certainly would have some time come across a situation where in you would have to throw a plate of uneaten food. And, at times it is really stressful and upsetting, making the Parents feel really anxious and worried about their kid’s nutrition. However did you know this that, somewhere the Mother is actually responsible for this habit developed in the kid?
A recent study stated that, woman in their pregnancy stage trying varied diet are less likely to give birth to fussy eaters. It’s told that babies have an acceptance to those food well that are accepted by Mothers while expecting and breast feeding. A research has even stated that, kids of Mothers who drank carrot juice quite ate twice as much as carrot cereal meal instead of Mother’s milk. Research Doctor, Julie Mennella from the Monnell Centre said that Mothers who consumed a lot of fruits during their pregnancy and lactation then their child will be more open towards eating fruits during weaning. Same is the case with vegetables too.
Biologically, babies are hardwired to be attracted towards foods that contain a high level of sugar and salt. And, not towards foods that are bitter such as green vegetables. Kids have to be exposed to be fruits and vegetables and have to get used to the flavours so that they can like it. The good news is that the research also states that babies can learn about healthy foods at a very early stage. The only thing required is that expecting Mothers eat the healthy food that they wish their baby should have when it is old enough to start weaning with the flavours.
According to a research discussed at the American Association for the advancement of Science’s annual conference, Dr. Mennella tested 46 babies aged between 6 months and year for their liking towards the carrot flavoured meal.
For those kids, whose Mothers consumed carrot juice several times in a week, consumed more than 80g of the cereal in comparison to 44g in other babies. The fact reveals that, we are primed according to our latest exposures. Babies receive sensory information in the womb itself and through Mothers milk. Dr. Mennella stated even bottle fed babies quickly give acceptance to food and vegetables, once they start eating solids.
Another test, also talked of giving green beans to babies of eight days old. On the first day, the consumption would be an average of 50g of beans but over eight days, the consumption level changed to 80g. Regardless of the fat, whether a child is breast or bottle fed, the child can learn to do so as it starts to wean. On repeatedly being exposed to foods like fruits and vegetables, they still learn to wean. By the age of two years, a child should try varied food like an adult. Hiding broccoli in brownies is not a solution for children need to learn the taste of different flavours of foods. So, all expecting Mothers, you know what to do is you do not want a kid that would show tantrums over food.
By- Angelica Campbell