Amniotic Fluid Is Flavored By Mama Food Choices

There's a wonderful article/radio story over at NPR right now called Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth. It's very...
There's a wonderful article/radio story over at NPR right now called Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth. It's very much worth a full read, or listen if you so choose, but here are some key points presented... Research shows that what a mama munches when she's pregnant can actually shape food preferences of the baby-to-be later in life. That's not spanking brand new information - i.e. we've heard that before here at P&B. However, what was astounding to me was that the amniotic fluid changes, becoming flavored by foods and beverages the mother has eaten within the last few hours. That's so cool! And it should also be fuel for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy. Julie Mennella, a researcher who has completed a lot of research in the area of in utero taste buds, spoke with NPR and said, "Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint — these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk." Mennella went on to note that "There isn't a single flavor they have found that doesn't show up in utero." Additionally, this research shows that 90% of the flavor issue is actually affected by smell, meaning perhaps that the stronger the scent (think orange or garlic) the more potent the flavor for the baby. Really cool research! Head over and read the whole story - Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth.

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