In the medical dictionary, taste is defined as “the sense of perceiving different flavors in soluble substances that contact the tongue and trigger nerve impulses to special taste centers in the brain.” It is fascinating to see a baby’s reaction to diverse flavors when you drop the Gerber’s and let them experience their first taste of table food.
According to Beauchamp’s and Manella’s Flavor Perception in Human Infants: Development and Functional Significance, babies develop taste long before birth. Another study shows that babies tend to prefer food that their mothers ate prior to their birth.
Whether their mothers preferred a salad over a burger or an apple over a lime affects how children react to the taste of those foods. Based on the video compilation below, we’re guessing moms aren’t too keen on lemons during pregnancy.