My kids have so many issues with food. I offer the food, i dont force. Who knows how they little brains are processing even the sight of the food infront of them (little one is mainly a white/beige eater...even the sight of coloured food sends him hysterical)
I have never forced my children to eat something ive made, and this has worked out well, my 7 year old used to be like my little one, but now he eats so much more variety than the OT and paed or i ever expected. He still has many aversions, but doing pretty great so im happy.
I used to be forced to eat my veg (i didnt have a problem with most except carrot) and id be forced to eat it and get a good smack if i threw it up.