Thursday, October 09, 2003

Fussy kids

According to researchers at University College London, fussy eating by children is almost invariably about the same things: green vegetables, meat and fruit. The researchers argue that this could be 'hard-wired' as these kinds of foods would be most likely to contain toxins. Children tend to avoid them as a result. They also tend to avoid new foods. This neophobia could also be protective.

The message seems to be that green vegetables and fruit are not the panacea for all evil, but are both nutritious and potentially toxic. In which case, presumably children are capable of growing up without eating huge quantities of them. So, maybe we could just chill out about what our children eat a bit more.

BBC NEWS | Health | Kids 'programmed to dislike food'


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