Your Baby's Tastebuds May Be Developed in Womb
Pregnant women can shape their unborn child's palates
Pregnant women can influence their unborn children's food preferences later in life, according to researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
The flavors of what the mom has eaten fills the amniotic fluid which surrounds the baby.
"Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint -- these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk," Julie Mennella, a researcher at Monell, told National Public Radio.
This new study can help push first lady Michelle Obama's initiative to get kids to eat healthy. If mothers can influence their children to eat healthy before they are born, obesity rates could possibly change among our nation's kids.
The 2009 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates that among U.S. high school students:
• 12% were obese
Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors
• 78% ate fruits and vegetables less than five times per day during the 7 days before the survey.
• 66% ate fruit or drank 100% fruit juices less than two times per day during the 7 days before the survey.
• 86% ate vegetables less than three times per day during the 7 days before the survey.
• 29% drank a can, bottle, or glass of soda or pop at least one time per day during the 7 days before the survey.