No matter how hard you try, your kids may still be picky eaters. Lest you feel like it is your cooking skills that are lacking, a new study shows that picky eating may be genetic. In other words, if you were a picky eater, your kids just might be too.
It appears, based on the study, that children are genetically predisposed to liking and disliking certain tastes. Until they have determined whether a particular taste is one they do, in fact, like, they may be prone to turning it down. They will also commonly put food in and out of their mouths, repeatedly, before they decide one way or another.
So what is a parent to do? Should you give in to biology and picky eating habits and simply stop feeding your kids the nutritious foods they are turning down? If your parents had done that, you would not have developed the ability to eat a wide range of foods, as presumably you now have.
One way to help your child stop fearing new foods is to expose them to it every day, for five to 14 days. This is difficult on a tight budget, but placing a tiny amount of food on your child’s plate, but not requiring him to actually taste it, just may work.
But, in reality, you are going to tire of constantly throwing away perfectly good food, especially if it is costing you hard-earned money.
Another option is to hide foods into the foods your kids accept. For instance, you can turn pancakes pink with pureed beets, and your kids will likely not notice the change in taste. An avocado disappears in chocolate pudding, and brownies can hide nutrient-packed spinach.
This may not be the best strategy for teaching your kids to accept new foods when placed as they are on your plate, but for some moms, it is the best way to ensure that your kids picky eating does not prevent them from getting the nutrients they need. In the end, you need to do the best you can to feed your kids a healthy meal on a limited budget. With picky eating habits, you may need to be a little sneaky, but with good intentions. Although picky eating may be genetic, there are ways around it.