Foods on the supermarket shelves that promote healthy eating
are overshadowed by the intrusive predominance of multi-level
shelves and advertising and media promotion of unhealthy and
non-nutritious foods for kids – making it hard for kids to want
to eat healthy. Parents have a hard time convincing kids that
the healthier choice is the better choice when bombarded with
steady streams of enticing, but unhealthy advertising and food
promotion. The challenge of raising a healthy eater can mutate
itself into daily food fights with your children. But all picky
eaters aren’t a product of invasive unhealthy food advertising,
nor are they a product of a spoiled child. A picky eater may
just be a product of genetically influenced taste buds.
Taste buds are not all created equal. It’s often overlooked
that children eating healthy foods can have a lot to do with
taste buds as well as their environment. Taste buds differ
genetically, and they change over time. Parents can look back
on their own eating experiences and possibly remember a food
that they once detested as a child, and see that it is now a
part of their normal diet, or at least, more tolerable.
One gene that affects taste and healthy food choices is the
TAS2R38 gene. The gene comes in three different types. The
first “genotype” (classification) of the TAS2R38 gene has two
sections (“alleles”) that are insensitive to bitter foods.
Opposite of that is the second genotype of the TAS2R38 gene,
which has two bitter sensitive sections. The third genotype of
this gene has one section that is insensitive to bitter tastes,
and another section that is sensitive to bitter tastes. One
gene – three different taste experiences.
The study also found that the more bitter receptive the taste
bud genes are, the more likely that children are to prefer
high-sugar level foods, and the less likely they are to prefer
milk or water as a beverage. However, this same correlation did
not exist with adults.
Children, despite being picky eaters, can be approached on a
new intellectual level based on the discovery of the variations
of the TAS2R38 gene. Mums can concentrate on approaching
children with naturally sweeter fruits and vegetables or
sweeter gravies and sauces to get their kids eating healthy.
Review self-held food ideologies, and determine whether
“chocolate milk is better than no milk at all” for the child
that shirks at a glass of white milk. Plan to increase the
child’s dental care if bitter foods are shunned and sweeter
foods are welcomed. Understanding that taste buds do affect
childrens healthy food choices and that genes can contribute to
a child’s picky eating habits, can guide parents in picking out
the most enticing healthy foods for their children. When you
shop for healthy food choices, concentrate on identifying foods
that are naturally sweet and naturally bitter. By choosing the
most enticing healthy foods for your children, they will be
eating well – and meal time will be sweeter for you all.
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