Introducing vegetables to babies at the age of 4 months could turn them into healthy eaters for the rest of their lives, so suggests Bee Wilson, a leading food writer speaking at the Hay Festival this week. She explains that feeding vegetables to babies during a special 'flavour window' between four and seven months, helps them enjoy the taste for life. During this period, humans are significantly more receptive to new flavours than they ever will be again.
These suggestions are not new. In 2009 scientists at the Monell Centre in Philadelphia found that flavours introduced in the first few months of the child's life have a continuing influence in the way food is enjoyed into adulthood. They concluded that if children were fed vegetables like carrots and broccoli early enough, they would prefer these tastes for the rest of their lives.