What foods would you eat continuously?

Who determines what we eat

However, evolution only provides the rough framework for what people consider to be disposable. In addition, she has apparently left a lot of space so that the offspring can adapt to the local conditions - already in the womb: Aromas from the mother's food get into the amniotic fluid. This is similar to a type of soup, the taste of which changes during the day depending on what the mother has eaten. Experiments confirm this. Children who were given carrot juice aromas through amniotic fluid during pregnancy later preferred carrot porridge. Newborns, whose mothers had consumed aniseed, reacted - recognizable by grimaces - more friendly to the spice than their little fellow students who were not experienced in aniseed.

Flavors from maternal food swim in breast milk and are transferred to the child. To prove this, researchers at the European Center for Taste Science and Nutritional Behavior, CSGA for short, asked 300 mothers in Dijon to
keep a food diary. Children who were confronted with strong aromas such as fish, aged cheese, pepper or garlic from their mother's diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding reacted more relaxed to these odors at the tender age of eight months.

This is probably how cultural influences arise: the Chinese love 100-year-old eggs or Asians love the stinky fruit, but they hate mature cheese. But children in Peru eat so spicy that even adults in this country start to sweat. In China, people eat snakes, rats or dogs that we would never touch. And no nation likes butter like the Germans. What some love makes others grimace in disgust: liquorice, raisins, oysters or coriander - appetite and disgust are often close to each other.

The influence of the parents continues when the little ones start eating on their own. "Children are naturally curious. Therefore: always offer something new and make it clear that they don't have to eat it, but that it is enough to try," says nutritionist Ute Gola from Berlin. Parents should not underestimate their role model function: "If the father does not eat vegetables, the mother can prepare as much of them, the children will probably not taste it."