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Study: Kids can be picky eaters due to genes

Study: Kids can be picky eaters due to genes (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If your kids don't like vegetables, or are picky eaters in general, a new study says it may be in their genes.

They often have taste preferences from the time they are babies and a new study says that there might be a reason for that.

Researchers at the University of Illinois were looking into fussy eaters. They were comparing the nature versus nurture when it comes to food preferences.

After reviewing more than 150 kids in preschool and comparing them through surveys with their parents, researchers concluded that there are a lot of things that do influence a child's, eating but genetics also do play a role.

They concluded that genes related to smell and taste perception may make kids more or less likely to be picky eaters.

Researchers refer to those smell and taste sensations as “chemosensory perception.”

So, if you have a picky eater, don't blame yourself. Some kids might really be born that way.

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