Do Babies Like Vegetables?
Since our childhood, we have been told that eating vegetables is beneficial.
Nowadays we know about the importance of the immune system; we need to remember that vegetables are vital and healthy for our bodies. Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fibre, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Eating a diet rich in vegetables may also reduce many kinds of disease risks such as heart disease and some types of cancers etc.
There are lots more examples of the benefit of eating vegetables. However, if we asked our parents, they would probably remind us of the days when they used to force us to eat vegetables instead of chips, pasta and burgers and maybe we used to make their life a nightmare when we refused to eat veg.
Even if now we eat a diet rich in vegetables, we might remember that it was difficult to get used to it.
If mums like it, kids love it
Researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, have discovered the easiest way to encourage kids to like eating vegetables: breastfeeding.
They split a group of women into five groups according to their babies ages to track their babies eating habits as they grew up. They gave vegetable juice for a month to 4 groups of women before breastfeeding.
They observed that the babies whose moms drunk the juice easily got used to the strong taste of vegetables when they started eating solid foods.
The fifth group was a control group in which moms didn't drink juice; their babies struggled to eat vegetables and get used to the taste. The first group, in which the moms' babies were as young as two weeks old, was the group in which the babies got used to eating vegetables the quickest.
As we can see from the research, a well-balanced diet and eating veg is very important in order that moms have babies who like eating veg.
It would also help to avoid some nightmare arguments with their kids about eating too many chips, pasta and burgers.
( Let's not forget they have the right to cheat sometimes of course )