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Healthy eaters give babies a taste of what’s to come

Babies can be exposed to fruit and vegetables even before weaning. At the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of Science in Boston, Dr Julie Mennella said that babies learn about flavours through amniotic fluid in the womb and through mother’s milk.

‘Eat the healthy food that you enjoy and when the baby is old enough to start weaning they will be familiar with those flavours,’ she said.

When scientists tested 46 babies between the ages of 6 months and a year it was shown that babies can be introduced to flavours before they are born. In half the cases, the mother’s drank carrot juice at least twice a week in the final trimester of pregnancy and the first three months of breast feeding. On giving carrot flavoured cereal to the babies whose mothers had consumed the juice, twice as many ate the cereal than their counterparts.

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