New mothers should have a varied diet to avoid having fussy children

Women who eat a wide variety of healthy foods when pregnant and breastfeeding are less likely to end up with children who are fussy eaters. A new study published in the journal Obesity Reviews claims that the different flavours reach unborn babies. And as children very often tend to reject new things, the earlier they are exposed to novel foods and tastes, the more likely they are to embrace them.

Aloysa Hourigan, spokeswoman for Nutrition Australia, said: “The more nutrients a child receives in utero and through breastfeeding, the more likely the child will thrive.”

News.com.au reports on how researchers in the Department of Paediatrics’ behavioural medicine division at the University of Buffalo based their findings on data gathered from more than 40 peer-reviewed studies on how infants and young children develop preferences for healthy foods, especially vegetables and fruits. They found that repeated, persistent serving of rejected foods can prove successful in fussy toddlers.


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