My daughter is 14 months and we're fairly strict on her diet - no added salt and minimal sugar. Whenever I offer her a new fruit or vegetable, she's reluctant to put it in her mouth even if I'm eating it too and smiling and visibly enjoying it. However if I'm eating a Tim tam which she's never seen before and offer her a little bite, she has it in her mouth before I can blink. It has happened with every single new "junk" food that she's tried. But if I'm standing there eating an apple, she won't pester me for a bite.
So do kids have a built in sugar radar or what?! Is there a reason for this? Just something I find interesting and bizarre :-)
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14-05-2014 21:35 #1
What makes unhealthy food so attractive?!
14-05-2014 21:53 #2Member
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I did read something not that long ago as to why kids prefer sweet vegetables and fruit to those that have a bitter taste and it's because anthropologically we're programmed that sweet = ok and bitter = poison.
Probably not very helpful towards the Tim tam situation but I found it interesting.
Maybe you look more sincere when you're enjoying your Tim tam over the apple. I know I would be.
14-05-2014 21:55 #3
I think its because they want what you have and if unfortunately you ever have something sweet and they taste it , their little smart brains are like um screw the apple I want that biscuit thing you had yesterday!
Some thought I was over the top but I never ate food like that at home in front of DS until he was about. 2 ish and had developed a healthy appreciation for food and could understand that a Tim tam is not a everyday food or as he calls it " party food" ( cause that's when he thinks we are allowed to bring out the chips and bickies!)
14-05-2014 22:03 #4Senior Member
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Yes!! I always wondered this.. like coke.. ds will say he wants one he has NEVER and wont ever until he is I dunno 22 haha have a coke.. so how does he know he wants it so bad. Its black liquid looks gross.
Makes sense if he sees other adults enjoy it but he never says he wants a coffee..
15-05-2014 01:05 #5
Embarrassing bodies show kids special did a segment on it. From memory it's to do with energy requirements ( junk = instant energy gratification )
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