20 February 2011

Early Taste

Your diet can affect what your baby likes to eat.
A new study at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the US has found that a pregnant or breastfeeding mother's diet can not only sensitise the foetus to particular smells and flavours, but also physically change their brain and impact on an infant's food preferences in the future. This study reinforces the importance of mothers eating a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol while pregnant or breastfeeding. If the mother eats a healthy diet, their child will prefer these foods.

Children will be more attracted to unhealthy foods and alcohol if their mother consumes them regularly. A baby's sense of smell can also change due to what their mothers eat, which can encourage them to enjoy different flavours. Exposure to odour or flavour in the womb will affect the child's preference but also shape how the brain's olfactory area, the area which processes smells, actually develops.

Lisa Guy is a naturopath and nutritionist who runs Sydney practice Art of Healing (www.artofhealing.com.au). She is the author of the book My Goodness and co-owner of The Happy Baby Clinic (www.thehappybabyclinic.com). Email lisa@artofhealing.com.au.

Based on experience, I believe this to be true. A child can interact from the womb and can certainly use some of the senses he has while inside the mother's womb. But then wouldn't it be a worry because when one is pregnant, she eats like a horse so there's the thing about fast diets that work for the child as tendency would be to eat too much.