Monday, May 7, 2012
Exposure to Specific Foods in Infancy Influences Adult Tastes, Say Researchers
When Logan was able to eat soft foods as a baby, we used organic. Unfortunately, I didn't make his baby food. He ate a variety of different things and now, he looks for healthier choices. He turns down sweets and sodas most of the time! With Sam, I was a little more adventurous. I made almost all of his baby food. Still, he ate a lot of fruit and he has developed a taste for sweeter things. He still loves fruit, but he will eat all the sweets in the house if I let him.
A recent study indicates that exposure to certain foods in infancy will influence future food and taste preferences. Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that infants who were exposed to starchy foods containing salt were more likely to consume more plain salt as they aged. Previous studies have shown a similar preference for sweets when exposed to infants. This is scary news.
“The important take-away from these studies is that feeding processed foods to infants is not a good idea,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH). “Although convenient, almost all packaged and jarred baby foods contain more ingredients than their labels might suggest. There is really no way to determine how these unnatural ingredients and combinations will affect food preferences and health in the future.”
“The most obvious and natural food for infants is mother’s milk,” adds Dian. “This is what has been fed since the dawn of our species, and it has served us very well. Mothers should seriously consider making the commitment to breastfeed their children. There is no manmade formula that can adequately substitute for mother’s milk and there never will be.”
“When solid food is introduced, freshly prepared pureed fruits, vegetables and nut butters are the best choices,” says Tom. “Children are now being fed and raised on manufactured ‘food’ items that were unknown even 75 years ago, and we are conducting a huge experiment which may not have a happy ending. Only time will tell, but the current rise in the incidence of modern chronic diseases, previously considered age- related, that are now appearing in many children and adolescents seem to be giving us plenty to be concerned about.”
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