Starts young

A new study by UK researchers underscores the importance of natural infant nutrition in developing healthy lifelong eating patterns. In the new study, researchers examined the diets of almost 8,000 infants at six months of age and then again at age seven – the latter milestone shown in other research to be a strong predictor of both childhood and adult eating habits. The team found that high fruit and vegetable consumption at six months was a strong predictor of this eating patterns later in childhood, with prepared infant foods having little or no predictive value. In the study, the effect was strongest for children weaned between four and six months and immediately introduced to a plant-rich diet. Learn more about the new study at Healthy Eating Starts Young.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Vargas

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