Inverse: Are Babies “Super Tasters”? A Food Scientist Indulges in the Secret

Imagine if there were foodie babies. These infants would offer nuanced critiques of breastmilk and strained peas, noting the layers of sweet and umami in applesauce. They’d request their squash and bananas gussied up with spiced honey and miso. They’d want Daniel Chang’s latest baby formula and small-batch boutique vegetable mush.

But, there’s a reason why there aren’t foodie babies — and it’s the same reason why baby food is so bland. Gary Beauchamp, a biopsychologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, gets at the science behind why bland is best for babies.

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