Blogging Kids' fear of new foods may be in their genes

Blogging Kids' fear of new foods may be in their genes

Carrie McBride
Aug 23, 2007

Is your kid a food neophobe? When we go out to eat our sister always picks the most unusual thing on the menu. We, on the other hand, are the one that waiters roll their eyes at when we order the "safe" pad thai or burrito. Kids can be even worse. Getting them to try new foods - even seemingly innocuous ones can be a struggle. A new study from the UK has found that nearly 80% of children's reluctance to try new foods may be inherited.

By studying over 5,000 pairs of identical and fraternal twins, researchers were able to separate out between the effects of genes and the effects of home and parenting environments. They found that identical twins were significantly more likely to share a fear of new foods than fraternal twins were.

The good news is that the more parents offer unfamiliar foods to children, repeatedly if necessary, the less picky their palettes become.

Read the full article here.

How about you? Any tricks up your sleeves to expand your kids' culinary horizons?

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