The development of “good” eating behaviors

“The development of “good” eating behaviors begins early—through both prenatal and postnatal exposure to early flavors. Flavors of foods consumed by women during pregnancy or lactation have been found in the composition of their amniotic fluid and breast milk…. These flavor experiences represent some of infants’ earliest sensory experiences—and they serve to familiarize infants with the foods of their families, as well as her/his culture. More interestingly, these early flavor experiences appear to play a role in food acceptance at weaning.” [1]

[1] p292 Yolanda Martins (2006) ‘Dietary Experiences and Food Acceptance patterns from infancy through early childhood; encouraging variety-seeking behavior’ Food, Culture & Society 9(3)Fall; pp287-298

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About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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