Use Your Creative Side When It Comes To Their Plates
Researchers studying the impact of age on food preferences have demonstrated patterns of change that start in the womb and continue through adulthood.
For example, if breastfeeding mothers consume a diet that regularly includes fruits and vegetables, their infants will be more interested to eat the same healthful foods -- in contrast with formula-fed infants -- and this effect appears to persist through weaning.
Among older children and adults, the avoidance of new or unfamiliar foods (i.e. neophobia) is generally recognized to decrease; however, there is evidence that suggests that older adults develop a stable set of food preferences that is resistant to change.
The finding that aging tends to impact the diversity of one's food preferences clearly makes it important to encourage the development and maintenance of a broad array of food preferences among infants, toddlers and older children.
Be Creative With Your Child's Plate!
Researchers at Cornell University and London Metropolitan University have shown that getting your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is as simple as putting together a pretty plate of food.
A new study shows that while food presentation has been shown to have significant impacts on the way adults eat food, that the same principles can be applied to understanding preferences among children in relation to increasing the diversity of their diet.