Enjoying nutritious foods: learning and appreciating flavours

“Research suggests… the more enjoyment they have eating nutritious food as a baby, the more likely they are to carry that message through life.  Eating a wide variety of foods means that what nutrition you don’t get from one food, you may well get from another, so then you are more likely to have a healthy diet overall.  …Research indicates it may take as many as 10-15 attempts before a child will finally accept a new flavour.

Up to the age of 6 months infants need no other foods than breast milk or formula.  Because breast milk changes in flavour according to mums diet, breastfeeding prepares the infant for other tastes.  At around six months infants are ready to start their first solids.”[1]


[1] Karina Moss (2009)  “Tempting the taste buds.”  The Space. Issue 15 (Autumn); p24

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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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