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Category Archives: picky eaters
If you live with a picky eater, you’ve probably asked yourself this questions – maybe more than once! When dealing with picky eaters – especially kids – most people just dismiss the behavior and tell the child to eat what’s on their plate. But there are actually reasons why some kids are picky eaters. In the last few years, there’s been a lot of research into just what causes a picky eater to be, well, picky.
Here are 5 reasons that your child may be a picky eater:
Sensitivity to bitter and sour flavors. Studies show that kids will increase … Read the rest
Why do some people find a food distasteful while another person loves it? What makes a picky eater dislike certain foods? Understanding what taste buds are and how they work can help you deal with picky eaters in your own family.
Taste buds are important to life. They enable us to distinguish between the 5 known elements of taste – salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami. They also help us distinguish healthy from harmful foods.
Here are 3 things you might not know about taste buds:
Not everyone has the same number of taste buds. On average, the human tongue … Read the rest
Would you love to turn your picky eater into a real foodie? It turns out there is a lot we in America can learn from the French!
I recently came across a great book, French Kids Eat Everything, by Karen Le Billon. Her kids were picky eaters too, but when her family moved to a small village in France for 1 year, she found that French children eat almost anything they are served. She set off to find out how French parents got their kids to eat so well, and what she discovered is the basis for her book.… Read the rest
A new study conducted by Cornell University found that most children respond to color and variety in food presentation. Even more interesting, the study found that what kids find visually appealing can be very different from what their parent like.
Children also respond very positively to food presented in the shape of a design. Most kids find foods like Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes, cereal with a “face” made from a banana and strawberries, or peas arranged in the shape of a heart, as “fun.” This study found that you can get picky eaters to eat almost anything if it is made … Read the rest
We all know that kids love sweets. But they really shouldn’t be eating them at breakfast. For those with picky eaters, it might be difficult to get your kids eating a bit healthier, but it can be done. Sure, an occasional doughnut, or a family breakfast with pancakes is ok, but these should be “treats” and not the norm.
This is especially true when it comes to breakfast cereals. The most popular brands are loaded with sugar. How much, you ask? According to a recent study, at least 47 popular children’s cereals pack more sugar in a cup than 1-1/2 … Read the rest