Why Doesn’t Your Kiddo Eat New Foods?
I was going to say veggies, but we don’t have to go that dramatic. Let’s focus on why the little buggers won’t eat new foods that they’ve never tried before.
Oh, you’re “that” mom. The one who just posted a photo of your son eating a veggie smoothie.
Well, I don’t want to be rude, but you crunchy mom’s make us “regular” girls feel inferior and we hate being made to feel that way!
By the way, who even knew there was such a thing as crunchy moms? I must be known in social circles as the junk food mom.
All kidding aside. You still make us junk food moms feel like losers when all we can force down our kids throat is canned Spaghettio’s and Raman Noodles.
You’ve been there before. You made a healthy meal of grilled chicken, salad, and a baked potato or even a comfort food meal of chicken, stuffing, and melted Swiss cheesy goodness and your child looked at you like you were attempting to poison them.
Honest to God poisoning them!
Why? Who knows why! It’s not like you got out a can of rat poison and sprinkled it over the lettuce.
Both meals are delicious. You sit in front of your child in silence; savoring each bite. You’re in heaven because it’s so good.
Too far? Fine, you’re standing up as you shake your head in disgust and toss a plate of frozen Pizza Rolls in the microwave to their utter delight.
You haven’t been able to savor food since your first child was born.
Why do kids rebel at eating new foods? What is wrong with them?
8 Reasons Kid’s Rebel against New Foods:
1. Fear – Some children fear new foods. A plate of spaghetti looks like worms. Grapes look like eyeballs. Rotel cheese dip looks like vomit. Just because you know it tastes good, does not mean your child will be able to get past their visualization of the food item looking disgusting or evil. If someone told you chocolate covered cockroaches tasted amazing, you still wouldn’t eat them. The heebie jeebbie factor would activate your gag reflex. Some children have many food phobias and may need specialized treatment in order to try new foods.
2. Genetics – This one might sound weird to you, but give me a chance to explain. Some people are drawn to flavors that repel others. One of my sons loves chocolate. The other does not. You might gravitate towards spicy foods, but your husband craves sugary foods. Some people prefer salty. My husband rarely wants sugar and I could live on it! Okay, not forever, but if I had a choice between a frosting covered pastry and a bag of potato chips, I’m going to get the flip, turnover, and cookie.
3. Hypersensitivity – When children are young, they tend to have an enhanced sensitivity to taste, touch, and smell. If beans taste bitter to you, it will be double for your child. If you think broccoli smells pungent, it downright stinks to your child. If the feel of smooth pudding in your mouth makes you spine shudder, imagine how the consistency feels on your child’s tongue. As your child ages, these sensitivities should decrease. Case in point, I hated beans, all beans, except my granny’s green beans slow cooked in bacon grease (the bacon was what I liked) until I was an adult. Now, I like them in chili and can tolerate them in other foods. On the other hand, to this day, I get creeped out after two bites of pudding unless it has something crunchy mixed in with it. Same goes for yogurt.
4. Appearance – This relates to the topic of fear, but if a food looks disgusting, it is understandable that your child is going to be grossed out.
5. Lack of Exposure – If children have not been exposed to a variety of new and different foods, they tend to decide the food is nasty on principle. Their favorite foods make them happy so why attempt anything different.
6. Too Many Sweets or Salts in Their Diet – Again, children are hypersensitive. So if they crave sweet foods and have those foods whenever they desire, they will find non-sweet foods to be unappealing. They will want sweets on everything. This is similar with salts. If they have lots of salty foods like they crave, they will find other foods bland and lacking in taste.
7. Aren’t Hungry – If you let your child down a giant cup of Doritos while you cook an unfamiliar meal, they will not be willing to try anything new. Not hungry and they don’t know what it tastes like. Why eat it?
8. Power Struggles – You’ve slaved over a hot stove. Okay, you’ve ran into the Mexican restaurant and bought chicken nachos smothered in white cheese. You think it sounds good, but your child refuses to eat one bite. You demand that they eat a bite or they can’t leave the table. Or you force them by prying open their mouth and manage to somehow avoid being bitten only to have your child gag on the unfamiliar meal. Does the power struggle work? No! No one wants to be told what to do. People like to feel in control of their own self and at the minimum, have choices.
Why won’t your child try new foods?
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