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It's Not Your Fault! Parents Aren't to Blame for Picky Eaters - Parenting News

It's Not Your Fault! Parents Aren't to Blame for Picky Eaters - Parenting News
From The Kitchn - October 10, 2017

Hang around with parents long enough and you will hear plenty of stories about picky eating. A father who was determined to serve nothing at home but organic, in-season produce is now watching for signs of scurvy in an otherwise healthy toddler and hoping the "orange" in goldfish crackers has vitamin C. (So sorry, it does not.)

A mother who's an award-winning vegan chef by day struggles with a 3-year-old at home who ca not be convinced that there are acceptable foods other than one very specific brand of non-organic chicken fingers, and whose only current source of vegetables is ketchup, on the side. And if that ketchup touches the chicken finger before the 3-year-old is ready? The entire meal is ruined.

If you do not have a picky eater, maybe you have judged. (Just a little, and only in your head.) You silently suspected the parent of the picky eater had a secret fast-food habit themselves, or that the vegan chef was over-rated, no matter how many James Beard nominations her last three cookbooks got (she has not won one, now has she?). And you might be right.

But a new study into the chemosensory genes of picky eaters might prove you wrong. In turns out those reluctant short-order cooks at the mercy of tiny tyrants might be doing the best they can. University of Illinois researches recently identified two genes associated with picky eating in pre-schoolers. One of them (TAS2R38) was associated with limited dietary variety, while the other (CA6) was tied to mealtime struggles for control. Who has not been there with a toddler?

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