The ability to taste food is a vital part of our lives.

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Is there an emotional link?

Many factors influence our taste buds, including prenatal exposure, cells on our tongues, what our noses smell, and even the emotional atmosphere. Getting upset at children during meals will not have a positive influence on their food preferences. What will be positive is to provide an array of nutritious and attractively-prepared food and let them experiment and develop their taste buds.

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Dr. Asselin is a medical writer. She practiced medicine for many years and favors preventive medicine.

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