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Giving babies healthy foods early may shape childhood tastes

(Reuters Health) - Young toddlers who eat a range of fruits and vegetables may learn to enjoy healthy eating as they grow older, an Australian study suggests. Researchers found that 14-month-old babies who regularly ate fruits and vegetables were more likely to eat them and less likely to be fussy eaters when they were nearly four years old.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

This only reinforces that the most important times for a child are the first nine months in the womb and the first two years after birth when food preferences and potentially lifetime epigenetic marks are being set in their DNA.  Developing a liking for fruits and vegetables means they are also getting adequate levels of polyphenols that aid in determining which epigenetic marks get established.

 

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