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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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52. Petits gourmets

Challenge your child’s palate with some unusual foods and flavours.

Whilst kids can be fussy eaters – they can also have some surprisingly grown-up tastes.

According to a recent British survey of 1,500 children aged 3–5, their favourite food is not, as you might suspect, chips or baked beans – but curry, closely followed by sweet and sour chicken. Yes, it appears even very young children have a taste for strongly flavoured food these days.

One theory, backed up by many baby experts, is that children pick up their tastes for various foods in their mother’s womb and through the different flavours that permeate into breast milk. Perhaps it’s no coincidence to discover, then, that the UK’s favourite dish of all is chicken tikka ...

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