Dr Rebecca Byrne recently highlighted the issues of children’s fussy eating on ABC Radio , Brisbane.
In the broadcast, Dr Byrne clearly pointed out it is common for a child to display fussy eating, typically at about 2 – 6 years, but most children grow out of this phase. The concern may be when this persists in to adulthood, or if a food neophobia (fear to try new / different foods) continues and places the individual at an increased risk of major nutritional issues. While the experts do not rule out fussy eating could rise from actual medical issues, there are some general take home points to consider.
“Pretty much every nutrition study that we’ve ever done tells us that the more variety we have in our diet, the more nutrients we get,” Dr Byrne said. “So the combinations of different foods, particularly the range of different coloured vegetables, will give us a whole range of different nutrients, a whole range of different important chemicals that can fight cancer and heart disease.”
Dr Byrne suggests in children that display fussy eating tendencies, “They can actually learn to like new foods by just trying them over and over again and getting to learn, to like, the taste,” she said. As for diners wishing to expand their palates, Dr Byrne suggests sharing meals and picking something you have never tried before.
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