Early Dietary Experience Shapes Salt Preference of Infants and Preschoolers

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 15:00 in Psychology & Sociology

Researchers from the Monell Center report that 6-month-old infants who have been introduced to starchy table foods, which often contain added salt, have a heightened preference for salty taste. They also were more likely to consume plain salt at preschool age. The findings highlight the potentially significant role of early dietary experience in shaping salty taste preferences of infants and young children.

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