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Babies in the womb react to what their mothers’ ate

New evidence says unborn babies taste and smell food

A 4D scan image of the same fetus (as in the laughter-face baseline image) showing a laughter-face reaction after being exposed to the carrot flavour. Credit: FETAP (Fetal Taste Preferences) Study, Fetal and Neonatal Research Lab, Durham University.

A baby’s face lights up in a beaming smile after tasting the sweetness of carrots. Fascinatingly, this little one is still in the womb and responding to what their mother ate about 20 minutes prior.

Results from landmark study by Durham University researchers say that babies respond to the flavors…



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