No need to hassel with children at meal time, just eat when pregnant!

by Medindia Content Team on  November 29, 2005 at 12:01 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
No need to hassel with children at meal time, just eat when pregnant!
Scientists have made the task of hasseled mothers easier by revealing in a new study that children develop taste for particular foods even when in the womb. Making the task of mothers easier by advising them to eat whatever they want their babies to when they are pregnant.

According to science a foetus can swallow about 500 millilitres of amniotic fluid a day and it is believed that those first-savoured flavours play a big role in dictating a child's future tastes.

Similar is the action when breastfeeding infants, tastes are passed on with mother's milk. Infants who had the taste when in the womb found the taste more appealing than those who were not.

Dr Mennella tested the theory by giving carrot juice to expectant mothers. The basis was a French study which revealed the children of mothers given anise-flavoured drinks while breast-feeding later liked the flavour of aniseed more than other babies.

In the words of Dr. Mennella, 'Although there are a lot of different factors, it might be sensible for mothers to think about what they are eating. It's a beautiful system. First you get the flavours in the amniotic fluid and then the mother's milk provides a bridge between that and the first foods at the table.'

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