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A matter of taste

A matter of taste

The knowledge of the taste of products begins in the mother’s womb.

True. American scientists have found that the taste preferences of a pregnant woman strongly influence the formation of the tastes of her future baby.

Scientists claim that the taste and smell of food consumed by the mother fall into the amniotic fluid, and then into breast milk. If you use this property of the body, then you can accustom the child to a particular food product before it is born.

That is, for example, if during pregnancy a woman ate bitter or sour food, the child is likely to be more loyal to food with a similar taste.

Maternal milk and the mixture are similar in taste.

Not true. The main difference of breast milk from the mixture is that it is sweeter and “more varied” in taste (it contains more than 400 different components and useful substances, many of which we know only by name).

In addition, the taste of milk may vary depending on what mom ate, while the taste of the milk mixture always remains the same. Perhaps this explains the fact that breastfed babies often show a higher level of curiosity about food in general and a clearer attachment to vegetables than those who fed on milk formula.

After eating mother’s milk, kids get not only useful substances, but also learn to new taste sensations. Despite the fact that babies have a “prejudice” to unsweetened foods from the first days of life, if a nursing mother eats fruits and vegetables in increased amounts every day, then the child will gradually get used to such foods and is more likely to choose them in the future instead of fast food. and candy.

Children from the same family have the same tastes.

And true, and not true. Science has proven that taste preferences are genetically determined, and even the genes responsible for the love of some people for bitter foods have been identified.

However, if we talk about growing up babies, it is not genetics that determines the further formation of taste, but the family with its capabilities, habits and inclinations. For example, if both parents are happy to eat fish or Brussels sprouts, then, most likely, the kids will change the same addictions.

If the tastes of the parents are very different, the children will adopt the taste of the one to whom they are more attached.

Love for sweets is given from birth.

True. The saturation signals, “sent” by the crumb (swallowing, heart rhythm), which is located in the mother’s womb, become clearer when sugar enters the amniotic fluid. Being born, the baby also receives the necessary sugars along with the mother’s milk, which consists mainly of fat and sugar.

In addition, the kids have a survival instinct that orients them to products that provide the most rapid growth and the longest feeling of satiety. American geneticists have found that the biological basis of the love of sweets lies in the rapid growth of a child when the body needs high-calorie food.

That is why many children also love pasta and potatoes, which, although they do not have a sweet taste, give them more energy than vegetables.

After 3 years, it is too late to teach a child to new products.

Not true. The sense of taste changes throughout life. Just as adults get accustomed to coffee, sometimes without sugar, or try gastronomic novelties with pleasure while traveling, children over 3 years old continue to receive a taste of upbringing.

Of course, with obstinate children you need to be patient and learn to negotiate, so that in the future the little one would not be afraid to try again those products that made a negative impression on him when they first met him.

A matter of taste

The first feeding, the first spoon, the first spit out spoon. Often, the introduction of all new products into the diet of crumbs in exactly this order occurs.

But how to make this process the most pleasant for the baby and for you? What to focus on first?

Try, step by step. Introduction of complementary foods to infants has already become a kind of art.

Nutrition experts advise starting to diversify the diet between 4 and 6 months. The following step-by-step introduction of products is recommended: homogenized – from 4-6 months, puree (finely divided) – from 6-9 months and coarsely divided – from 9 months and older.

From 1.5 years you can try to give food with a piece (sausage, chicken leg, etc.). Thanks to various combinations of fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish products, a wide range of taste perceptions is formed in a child.

If the baby immediately rejects a new product, do not insist. Try to return to it after some time.

The trick to correct the natural passion for sweets: start feeding with vegetable puree, which you will enter for 2 weeks, and then offer the child the first spoonful of cooked fruit.

Slowly in your mouth. Fruit your child eats only in the form of mashed potatoes, and the meat in a shredded form?

In order for the crumb to taste the taste of products well, you shouldn’t complicate everything at the beginning. He needs to get used to eating with a spoon with simple, very soft foods.

Vegetables and fruits should be well chopped. Let him try new textures in combination with famous tastes, as well as see what is common to cooked and raw foods.

Allow me also to touch what lies on the crumbs in a plate, for example, stretch it with your hands before putting it in your mouth.

So much for everything on the plate. As soon as the main stage of the introduction of food lures is over and different textures of food will be accepted by the child, you will probably, like most parents, be happy that now your baby eats almost everything.

You can take advantage of this beneficial period to open up new tastes for your child to the maximum. However, try not to mix many different foods together in soups, mashed potatoes and casseroles. Choose those that differ in color and shape.

Some children aged 1.5–2 years old like to sort food in order, before putting it in their mouths. If you are at the table next to the crumb, adjust to its rhythm, because, by eating slowly, you can better appreciate what is in the plate.

And now the child has become picky and refuses to eat raw vegetables and fruits, green beans. You do not know what to offer him, except pasta. Do not panic!

This is so common when a child at 2 years old, and sometimes even the so-called “period of rejection and disobedience” begins a little earlier. At this age, the child in every way tries to demonstrate his independence and disagreement with the opinion of adults, so even at the table he finds an excellent opportunity to resist parental authority.

Some children even have a fear of new types of food – the so-called neophobia.

A common mistake of parents is that they too easily agree with the child’s unwillingness to accept this or that new dish. In case of persistent refusals of a new type of food, it is necessary to patiently and repeatedly offer it to a child, sometimes disguising as a favorite dish.

Experts advise to establish a rule: it is allowed not to eat what is not pleasant, but it is forbidden not to try at least one spoon. Then the tantrums will not be frequent. At the table, everyone eats the same thing, but in a different volume, it gives a large field for freedom and limits the scenes.

When a child regularly has to taste more or less tolerated tastes, in the end he will get used to them and he will like them. It is necessary to show patience, and by 3–4 years, scenes of fundamental failure will become more rare.

Psychologists are advised primarily to try to involve the child in the process of cooking and table setting. Taking part in the preparation of dishes, the child will be interested in the result and will certainly want to try the cooked.

By the age of 3-4, the baby may already break eggs, pour some food into the dispenser with your help. The same goes for table setting – first of all the child should be interested.

If you have prepared a beautiful and tasty dish together, then it should be served and eaten just as beautifully.

Do not fix on this issue attention. Or direct the choice of the child in a different direction.

Instead of buying chips, bake potato sticks at home with a little vegetable oil. If the children want sweets, cook fresh strawberries in chocolate sauce.

No time? Then keep dried fruits in your home.

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