Study: Train Baby to Eat Healthy Before Birth

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The food a woman eats while pregnant could determine her child's food preferences later in life.

While in the womb, a baby is nourished by amniotic fluid -- filled with flavors of what the mother has eaten.

New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center shows that it creates food memories for the baby, shaping their palate before they're even born.

"Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint -- these are some of the flavors that have been shown to be transmitted to amniotic fluid or mother's milk," Julie Mennella, a researcher at Monell, told National Public Radio.

Researchers say this helps explain why kids from countries with more diverse foods are often more adventurous eaters.

The study suggests to help children eat a healthy diet, it is important to introduce healthy foods before and after birth and to introduce them to more diverse foods and flavors at an early age. This is the best method to jump start a child's future in healthy eating habits and potentially avoid obesity.

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