Does Breastfeeding Shape Food Preferences? Links to Obesity
Children’s innate dietary preferences are a reflection of our basic biology, which drives the inclination towards sweet items and the avoidance of bitter-tasting items such as green leafy vegetables. Once essential for our survival, this adaptive mechanism is now at odds with an environment overloaded with unhealthy foods. Nevertheless, this biological predisposition can be overcome by modulating early flavor experiences during gestation, breastfeeding, and weaning.