Babies Can Learn To Enjoy New Flavours

by Dr Naras Lapsys

Young babies are able to adapt to new flavours which may increase the likelihood of them having a more varied diet later in life. In a recent study (Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011), researchers found that young babies that are breastfed are able to adapt to different flavours in breast milk but only between the ages of 1.5 and 3.5 months of age. After 3.5 months, the babies begin to reject different flavours. This study shows that there may be a small but important window of opportunity in the first 3 months of life where babies are willing to accept new tastes. With this study in mind, breast feeding mothers should consider a varied diet, rich in a variety of full flavoured fruits and vegetables, especially in those first critical months.






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