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???And just like the European rabbit, the babies who had experienced carrot in amniotic fluid or mother's milk ate more of the carrot-flavored cereal,??? said Mennella. ???When we analyzed the video tapes they made less negative faces while eating it.???

This makes a lot of evolutionary sense, says Mennella. Since mothers tend to feed their children what they eat themselves, it is nature's way of introducing babies to the foods and flavors that they are likely to encounter in their family and their culture. ???Each individual baby is having their own unique experience, it's changing from hour to hour, from day to day, from month to month??¦As a stimulus it's providing so much information to that baby about who they are as a family and what are the foods their family enjoys and appreciates,??? she said.

University of Florida taste researcher Linda Bartoshuk says babies are born with very few hard and fast taste preferences. She says Mennella's work shows that very early exposures to flavors ??“ both before and after birth ??” make it more likely that children will accept a wide variety of flavors. And when those early exposures are reinforced over a lifetime, Bartoshuk thinks they might have far-reaching implications, even promoting good eating. ???To what extent can we make a baby eat a healthier diet by exposing it to all the right flavors ??” broccoli, carrots, lima beans, et cetera? Could we do that or not? My guess is we could,??? says Bartoshuk.

Menella says parents should keep exposing young children to healthy flavors because they can eventually learn to like them.