Want Your Baby to Love Vegetables?

A taste for vegetables seems to develop early. Nutrition Diva suggests how to moms-to-be can be an influence on their baby's affinity for the taste of vegetables.

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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Want Your Baby to Love Vegetables?

A child who refuses to eat vegetables can be a big source of stress for parents who are trying to raise healthy eaters. Some kids just seem to be born with a taste for vegetables—they’ll eat whatever you put in front of them. Others steadfastly refuse to let a single carrot pass their lips. If you’re currently pregnant or breast-feeding, you may have an opportunity to have a positive influence on your child’s future preferences and eating habits. Research suggests babies born to mothers who eat lots of vegetables during pregnancy and/or while they are breast-feeding seem to have a greater affinity for the taste of vegetables.  So, belly up to that salad bar, Moms and Moms-to-be!  (You’ll benefit as much as your baby.)

See also:
What Not to Eat When You’re Pregnant
Nutrition Tips for Breast-feeding Moms
How to Raise Healthy Eaters

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.