Ontogeny of taste preferences: basic biology and implications for health.

@article{Mennella2014OntogenyOT,
  title={Ontogeny of taste preferences: basic biology and implications for health.},
  author={Julie A Mennella},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={2014},
  volume={99 3},
  pages={704S-11S}
}
Health initiatives address childhood obesity in part by encouraging good nutrition early in life. This review highlights the science that shows that children naturally prefer higher levels of sweet and salty tastes and reject lower levels of bitter tastes than do adults. Thus, their basic biology does not predispose them to favor the recommended low-sugar, low-sodium, vegetable-rich diets and makes them especially vulnerable to our current food environment of foods high in salt and refined… CONTINUE READING