Many American children have developed a strong, stubborn preference for sweet and salty processed food before their second birthdays. If they haven’t, it could well be because they became accustomed to healthier flavors much earlier, beginning in breast milk or even in utero. What babies taste in the first weeks and months of life really matters, says Dr. Julie Menella of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Her research suggests that school meals can only ever be just one of a much larger set of interventions, and that some of them need to occur before students are even born. This episode brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery. (Image: Mother Rose Nursing Her Child, Mary Cassatt, c. 1900)
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