Kids' Taste Buds Formed Early

According to a new study, little ones prefer salt, sugar and fat and their taste preferences are specifically aligned with...
According to a new study, little ones prefer salt, sugar and fat and their taste preferences are specifically aligned with brand-name fast-food and soda products. Yikes. The study, published in the journal Appetite, relates that kids' taste bud development may be a key factor in curbing the obesity epidemic. Kids in American are already astoundingly overweight, and Researchers at the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Madison think unhealthy food options may be partially to blame. The researchers studied children, following their likes and dislikes for various food items. When researchers showed kids pictures of foods, the children showed preference for flavor-added foods that contained high amounts of sugar, fat and salt. You might think this is commonplace - of course kiddos will say they like sugar and fat over greens, right? Maybe not though. According to the researchers they also found that the kids most likely to say, "I want fat, sugar and salt" were the same kids who were exposed over and over to these types of foods by their parents. Parents and their food choices, along with the foods parents offer to kids, shape taste buds considerably. The researchers further note that "Repeated exposure builds taste preferences." So, basically if you over-expose your kids to healthy foods vs. fatty, sugary foods, guess what they'll like? I agree with this study. Having raised my son as a vegetarian, I can see that this study really makes sense. Cedar, my son was way exposed to veggies, grains and other healthy fare when he was tiny. We also offered other foods, but mainly kept healthy stuff around, and ate healthy foods ourselves. Now, I've got a nine year old who doesn't like sweets nearly as much as he does veggies and fruits. My kid won't even eat white bread, because he claims wheat bread tastes better and is healthier. What you expose your kids to food-wise, really does make a difference. Learn more:

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