Baby’s Eating Habits Develop in the Womb
Better watch what you eat. A new study by researchers from the European Centre for Taste in Dijon, France shows that mom’s diet during pregnancy affects the way baby’s sensory system develops and influences their food preferences later on in life. In the study, 24 babies were tested -- half of their mothers had eaten biscuits laced with aniseed (a type of herb) in the ten days before giving birth. Researchers found that hours after birth and four days later, the infants whose moms ate the biscuits could recognize the smell after they were exposed to a swab of the odor. They even liked it, too, because all of the babies leaned towards the scent. Infants whose moms didn’t eat the biscuit, made a face signaling that they didn’t like it or they didn’t react at all. Experts believe that the aroma had passed through baby’s nose while in the womb and the memory of the smell could have been implanted in his brain. They also note that this could also affect baby’s healthy eating habits later on in life, so moms who eat more fruits and veggies while pregnant may be more likely to have babies who like those healthy foods.
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