By: Daniel Glaser | Why your brain makes you hate certain foods | Daniel Glaser | Neuroscience | The Guardian
A child’s bad experience with a particular food when their tastebuds are forming can put them off for life
Mealtime is a common battleground in many families. Exasperated parents may be relieved to learn their children’s fussy eating might not be their fault. New research suggests picky eaters are just as likely to be influenced by their genes as environmental factors. But fussy children can grow into fussy adults – so if there’s one food you particularly despise, it’s worth thinking back to what might have caused this.
Young children have many more sweet tastebuds than adults to encourage them to drink milk and not eat bitter berries. Over time, tastebuds are ‘pruned’ to tolerate many new flavours. But a single bad experience can be enough to put someone off a food for life.