Introduce Vegetables to Babies Since They Are Still in the Womb
According to the Daily Mail, researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia believed that an effective way to make children love vegetables is by introducing to them very early, namely when they are still in the womb. The study, published in the Pediatrics Journal found that flavor is introduced through the mother’s amniotic fluid.
“Taste like a vanilla, carrots, garlic, anise, and mint is a flavor that has been proven to be introduced through the amniotic fluid or mother’s milk,” said the head of the research, Julie Mennella.
To prove this theory, the researchers gave women garlic capsules or sugar capsules before taking a sample of amniotic fluid of the respondents. They then asked some people to smell the samples.
“They can easily distinguish the samples from women who ate garlic,” says Mennella.
According to her, this suggests that the baby inside the womb can feel the taste of food because 90 percent of taste is influenced by the sense of smell. They then see if the memory in the womb can be formed before birth.
Through an experiment, a group of pregnant women were divided into three groups. One group was asked to drink carrot juice every day during their pregnancy. Meanwhile, a second group drank carrot juice during lactation, and the third group did not drink carrot juice at all.
When the child grows and starts eating solid foods, the researchers gave them cereal with carrot juice. They also found that children who had been introduced with carrots since in the womb or while breast-feeding, are more cereal with the taste of carrots.
The researchers say this is because mothers tend to give their children the food they eat. “This is a natural way to introduce babies to the foods and flavors they love,” said Mennela
Linda Bartoshuk, a taste researcher at the University of Florida, said that the study has significant implications on the health of children.
“Could we introduce all the flavors of healthy foods in children such as broccoli, carrots, beans, and others? My guess is that all pregnant women can do it,” she said.