Yesterday a really interesting NPR article came up in my “buzz” entitled Baby’s Palate and Food Memories Shaped Before Birth.
The basic premise of the article is that we can influence the foods our children will like by altering what we eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
At 21 weeks after conception…the growing baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid daily. That fluid surrounding the baby is actually flavored by the foods and beverages the mother has eaten in the last few hours.
…not only is the amniotic fluid and breast milk in humans flavored by food just like cows, but memories of these flavors are formed even before birth. That could result in preferences for these foods or odors for a lifetime.
Kind of interesting, no?
The problem is it makes me slightly worried that my child will come out craving nothing but mac’n’cheese. Might be time to get back into salads!