Navigation Links
How to help baby like fruits and veggies
Date:12/2/2007

PHILADELPHIA Moms, want your baby to learn to like fruits and vegetables?

According to new research from the Monell Center, if youre breast feeding, you can provide baby with a good start by eating them yourself.

And, offer your baby plenty of opportunities to taste fruits and vegetables as s/he makes the transition to solid foods by giving repeated feeding exposures to these healthy foods regardless of whether youre breast feeding or using formula.

Vegetable and fruit consumption is linked to lower risks of obesity and certain cancers, says senior author Julie A. Mennella, PhD. The best predictor of how much fruits and vegetables children eat is whether they like the tastes of these foods. If we can get babies to learn to like these tastes, we can get them off to an early start of healthy eating.

The study, designed to test the influence of early sensory experiences on the development of healthy eating patterns, is published in the December 2007 issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Mennella and co-author Catherine A. Forestell, PhD, studied 45 infants, 20 of whom were breastfed. The infants, who were between the ages of four and eight months and unaccustomed to eating solids other than cereal, were randomly assigned to one of two groups.

One group was fed green beans for eight consecutive days; the other was given green beans and then peaches over the same period. Acceptance of both foods was assessed before and after the repeated exposure period.

The results revealed that breast-feeding confers an advantage for babys acceptance of foods during weaning but only if the mother regularly eats those foods.

During their first exposure to peaches, breast-fed infants ate more and for a longer period of time, compared to formula-fed infants. Questionnaires revealed that mothers of breast-fed infants ate more fruits than did formula-feeding mothers, suggesting that the enhanced peach acceptance of their infants might be attributed to increased exposure to fruit flavors through breast milk.

However, both groups of mothers reported eating green beans and green vegetables infrequently, at levels below current recommendations. Accordingly, there was no difference in the amount of green beans eaten by breast-fed and formula-fed infants the first time the vegetables were offered.

Its a beautiful system, says Mennella. Flavors from the mothers diet are transmitted through amniotic fluid and mothers milk. So, a baby learns to like a foods taste when the mother eats that food on a regular basis.

In both groups, repeated opportunities to taste green beans over eight days enhanced acceptance of the vegetable, increasing intake by almost three-fold.

Babies are born with a dislike for bitter tastes, explains Mennella. If mothers want their babies to learn to like to eat vegetables, especially green vegetables, they need to provide them with opportunities to taste these foods.

The researchers also found that babies facial expressions did not always match their willingness to continue feeding, noting that infants innately display facial expressions of distaste to certain flavors.

They urge caregivers to provide their infants with repeated opportunities to taste fruits and vegetables, focusing on the infants willingness to eat the food instead of on their negative facial expressions during eating.


'/>"/>

Contact: Leslie Stein
stein@monell.org
267-519-4707
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Coloring Compound in Fruits, Veggies May Cut Colon Cancer Risk
2. Pollen, Fruits, Veggies Help Trigger Oral Allergy Syndrome
3. Get Your Fruits & Veggies: CDC
4. P.A.C.K. Week Declared in Support of Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Month
5. Fruits, Veggies Wont Lower Colon Cancer Risk
6. Fish, Fruits, Veggies May Cut Dementia Risk
7. Veggies Might Ward Off Age-Linked Vision Woes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/18/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... asset protection services and financial consultations to communities throughout the greater DC region, ... K9 with the goal of rescuing local animals and training them to be ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... MLM ... that serves communities throughout southern Florida, is working to support the Take Stock ... children from low income families. , The Take Stock In Children Foundation (TSC) ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Golseth Agency, a ... Dallas/Fort Worth area, is spearheading a regional charity campaign organized to provide support to ... early June of this year, Christina and her children returned from out of town ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... ... and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, has released a new publication ... mother of the Savior whom the world calls “Mother Mary”. Yisrayl says when compared to ... this historical woman. , “The world bows, kisses the feet of, cries out to ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... and call tracking and monitoring solutions, announced today the launch of a redesigned ... a modern navigation and aesthetic, fully responsive design, and an enhanced search directory ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2017)... MEMPHIS, Tenn. , July 31, 2017 Three Tru-D ... in Yongsan, South Korea . Tru-D, short for "Total ... patient and operating rooms after an environmental services (ES) professional cleans the ... ... "Although ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... CHICAGO, July 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ... fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2017, and updated ... For the fiscal third quarter, ... to $0.68 per diluted share in the prior-year period. ... of $0.39 per diluted share primarily related to the ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... 27, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... June 30, 2017.  The Company reported second quarter net ... the prior year period, and an increase of 2.1% ... points of contribution from the LDR Holding Corporation acquisition, ... quarter of 2016, or 0.3% on a constant currency ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: