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2014-03-28 23:24:56

In response to an article published by Healthcanal.com, Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, says that the presence of added sugars and salts can jeopardize children’s future health. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 28, 2014 Dr. Michael Gabriel of Gabriel Pediatrics, a Brooklyn pediatric care center, responds to an article published on March 18 by Healthcanal.com, which reports on the findings of a recent study that took a deep-seated look into...

Preference Of Sweeter And Saltier Tastes For Children Are Linked To Each Other
2014-03-18 11:28:14

Monell Chemical Senses Center Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences relate not only to food intake but also to measures of growth and can have important implications for efforts to change children's diets. Many illnesses of modern society are related to poor food...

2013-09-12 12:37:01

Getting the message about bitter taste Do you love chomping on raw broccoli while your best friend can't stand the healthy veggie in any form or guise? Part of the reason may be your genes, particularly your bitter taste genes. Over the past decade, scientists at the Monell Center and elsewhere have made headway in understanding how variants of bitter taste receptor genes can help account for how people differ with regard to taste perception and food choice. However, some perplexing...

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2011-08-10 10:10:00

When are our adult food preferences formed? According to new research they are ingrained in us very early in the womb. New research by the Monell Chemical Senses Center finds that mothers can influence a baby's palate and food memories before it is born by introducing foods to her unborn child. In the womb, the baby is surrounded and nourished on the amniotic fluid, which is filled with the flavors of what the mom has eaten. "Things like vanilla, carrot, garlic, anise, mint -- these are some...

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2010-12-27 08:25:51

Differential effects on weight gain New findings from the Monell Center reveal that weight gain of formula-fed infants is influenced by the type of formula the infant is consuming. The findings have implications related to the infant's risk for the development of obesity, diabetes and other diseases later in life. "Events early in life have long-term consequences on health and one of the most significant influences is early growth rate," said study lead author Julie Mennella, Ph.D., a...

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2008-06-25 11:50:00

Young children dislike beer smell when moms drink to escape How children respond to the smell of alcoholic beverages is related to their mothers' reasons for drinking, according to a new study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center. When asked to choose between the odor of beer and an unpleasant odor, children of mothers classified as 'escape drinkers' were more likely than children of non-escape drinkers to choose the unpleasant odor. "Children's responses to odors provide us with a window...

2007-06-01 06:00:11

By Savage, Jennifer S; Fisher, Jennifer Orlet; Birch, Leann L Introduction Eating behaviors evolve during the first years of life as biological and behavioral processes directed towards meeting requirements for health and growth. For the vast majority of human history, food scarcity has constituted a major threat to survival, and human eating behavior and child feeding practices have evolved in response to this threat. Because infants are born into a wide variety of cultures and cuisines,...

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2005-02-08 08:25:55

Bitter-tasting foods a tough, but necessary, sell for these youngsters HealthDay News -- If you couldn't get enough of sweets when you were young, chances are your child will share your palate's passion. That's because your taste preferences are, at least in part, influenced by your genes. However, age and culture can eventually override this genetic influence, a new study finds. And that means kids who steer clear of vegetables may warm to them in a few years. Building off the recent...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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