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Date:12/2/2007

e 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.


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Contact: Leslie Stein
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267-519-4707
Monell Chemical Senses Center
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