NNIW 100 Interviews: Marlou Lasschuijt

Growth & Development

Introducing children to a variety of tastes and textures early in life is crucial in shaping their food preferences and acceptance. Fruits and vegetables have distinct textures, making it important for children to experience a wide range of tastes and textures from a young age. Complementary feeding is recommended at 6 months, and studies indicate that children introduced to it later tend to have more difficulty with a wider range of foods. Early exposure to different textures helps children develop the ability to process foods properly. This early introduction can positively influence a child's eating behavior and potentially prevent the effects of unhealthy eating habits, including obesity.