Why your toddler needs vitamin D
Humans are innately programmed to favour sweet and salty tastes over bitter ones. This is a throwback to our hunter-gatherer ancestors who avoided bitter-tasting toxic berries and opted for nutritious sweet fruit or salty fish instead. Our taste receptors are genetically determined and make some people like or dislike sweet or bitter flavours more than others. The good news, though, is that even genetic preferences can be modified, especially when children are young.
Children who are familiar with where foods come from are more likely to enjoy eating them. Involve your child in shopping trips, meal preparation and cooking, or maybe even growing their own food, so they know the process by which it arrived on their plate.
Young children really don’t need to have different ‘toddler meals’ from the rest of the family. You can give them the same healthy foods that you enjoy. In an ideal world, this involves sitting down as a family for every meal, but we’re all busy and sometimes this isn’t possible. Why not cook the family meal early and feed your toddler first? Eat together as often as you can – seeing the whole family enjoying the same food helps your child enjoy it too.
Instead of insisting that your child eats a food they don’t like, encourage them just to try it – they may be pleasantly surprised! If they still don’t like it after trying, you could explain that it’s an ‘acquired taste’ – that is, they’ll probably like it when they’re older. Sometimes the idea of being grown up is enough for your child to give it another go.
It takes a long time to get children to eat everything – between five and fifteen attempts per food is not uncommon. Older children are more resistant than younger ones. And neophobia - a normal phase when young children refuse to try new things – may thwart your best efforts. But relax, keep on serving the foods, keep being enthusiastic about them and eventually your child will come round to enjoying a wide range as part of a varied, balanced diet. Perhaps they’ll be that child who eats everything you put in front of them.
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Source: The Huffington Post UK
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