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Eating Healthy During Pregnancy Can 'Pre-Program' Your Baby's Tastes for a Healthful Diet

What you eat during pregnancy affects your child's food preferences, because it helps to form their sense of smell, according to a new study.

It turns out that a pregnant mother’s diet shapes her child’s brain development, sensitizing her foetus to those particular smells and flavors.

According to the Hindustan Times:

“This makes the mother's diet more attractive to the child when they are older ... Researchers studying mice found that the pups' sense of smell was changed by what their mothers ate, teaching them to like the flavors in her diet. At the same time, they found significant changes in the structure of the brain's olfactory glomeruli, which processes smells, because odors in the amniotic fluid affect how this system develops.”

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