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How to Get Baby To Eat Veggies- The Curious Parent

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Published on Apr 30, 2014

The Curious Parent gives you a taste of what science says about getting your baby to eat fruits and veggies.

For more information on the research presented, visit: http://www.monell.org/faculty/people/...

Produced by:
Untamed Science
http://www.untamedscience.com/parenting/

Eat Your Veggies, Baby Transcript

Haley (Host): So what's the trick? How do raise a child who eats their fruits and veggies? That's what we're going to talk about today. It's gonna' be sweet.

Boy: I love broccoli!

Haley: So this week we spent a lot of time researching/investigating about taste and flavor, and one name kept coming up. And that's Dr. Julie Mennella.

Julie Mennella: Can you hear me?

Haley: Yes. Can you see us? Can you hear us?

Haley: Dr. Mennella enlightened us about a few things about babies and food that we didn't know. In order to really understand how babies learn about foods and flavors, we have to start with some built-in basics that come pre-wired in your baby. And that is the preference for sweet, and the dislike of bitter.

Julie Mennella: We all like sweets, the age related difference is that children will prefer a very, very intense sweetness, where the adult may be a lower level of sweetness."

Boy: Sugar is good!

Julie Mennella: Sweets are a signal for calories, for energy rich foods so the child, especially during periods of maximal growth, is really attracted to things that taste sweet.

Haley: And just like the preference for sweet, the dislike of bitter comes pre-programmed in your baby.

Julie Mennella: Bitter is our signal for poison. So you see that the child has a very well developed sense of taste and rejects bitter.

Haley: So the bottom line is that babies are living in this totally unique sensory world, and it's world that's different from us as adults. And each baby is different. So... what do we do? I'm mean that's the world they're living in. Here's the amazing thing about humans, and especially human babies...they can learn....

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