Why don't I like broccoli

Why kids don't like broccoli

And what the researchers at Deakin University in Melbourne now think they know is very interesting for all parents who have a little vegetable refuser sitting at the dining table. Because Professor Russell Keats of Deakin University doesn't believe that our taste buds simply change with age. Rather, through frequent tasting, we learn to like food that is spurned at the beginning.

And that means: children should, for example, try vegetables they don't like more often. Because the learning process plays a major role in taste, says the researcher. If we try food that doesn't taste good the first time more often, the nutrients in the food can affect our system and have a positive effect. When the ingested nutrients provide energy or other beneficial effects, the body remembers them. There is then the possibility that your child will find the taste of this food more pleasant the next time they try.

The fact that children often don't like vegetables that much at first is due to evolutionary reasons. On the one hand, the researchers believe that vegetables were always available in sufficient quantities and therefore humans did not need intense desire to track them down. In addition, vegetables often contain bitter substances that appeal to our deeply rooted protective mechanisms. Bitter serves as a warning sign of something potentially dangerous. A protective mechanism that was necessary to guarantee human survival. Nowadays, however, we mostly just buy our groceries in the supermarket. So that these primal instincts are no longer needed. However, it will be thousands of years before they go away.(idw / pf)

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