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Early flavor experiences: research update.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9697386     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Anyone who has observed infants for any period of time can testify to the intense activity occurring in and around their mouths--the primary site for learning in the first few months of life. Before they are even able to crawl, infants have learned much about their new sensory world. Though recent research we have begun to explore the impact of these early experiences on infants' acceptance of solid foods and how they explore objects in their environment. We have also begun to focus on the sensory experiences of the formula-fed infant, in particular, how their responses to particular formulas, which are extremely unpalatable to older children and adults, change during infancy. This is a relatively new and exciting area of study, with much research yet to be done. It is clear, however, that infants are not passive receptacles for flavored foods. Parents who offer a variety of foods will provide both a nutritious, well-balanced diet, as well as an opportunity for their children's own personal preferences to develop.
J A Mennella; G K Beauchamp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrition reviews     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0029-6643     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutr. Rev.     Publication Date:  1998 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-08-28     Completed Date:  1998-08-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376405     Medline TA:  Nutr Rev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  205-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3308, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohol Drinking
Breast Feeding
Food Preferences
Infant Food
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Infant, Newborn

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