Reply To: New research points to the potential harms of artificial sweeteners

  • outdoorsguy

    September 10, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Parents are responsible for allowing a child’s sweet tooth to develop. I did not grow up eating sweets.

    I have always hated sweet or salty foods … Most of my siblings have a similar aversion toward sweets.

    The experiences related to food, such as food exposure, can modulate food preferences, mostly in the early infancy (4) (5). A previous European project revealed that the early repeated exposure to vegetables increases intake and liking of vegetables later in life (6). Now I would like to know if early exposure to vegetables not only increases the consumption of vegetables, but also if it reduces the consumption of sweet foods and if it could modify sweetness preferences.

    Whether or not to expose children to sugar and sweet products from early infancy is also the question.

    Children aged 4-7 years old whose mothers reported adding sugar to their foods on a routine basis preferred juices with added sugar (7). This could mean that higher exposure to sweet taste, could increase sweet liking in the longer term.