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Child health and nutrition: fast fussy eating fact...

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Fast fussy eating fact...

It's not uncommon for children to refuse (or be reluctant to try) an unfamiliar food simply because it's touching, or is served on the same plate as, their favoured and accepted food/s - this is often perceived as a form of 'contamination' i.e.their desired food/s is deemed inedible due to touching a strange source of nutrition, and can be prevented by serving the new food on a separate plate.

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Child nutrition: how to tell if fussy food eating stems from more than just a stubborn stomach...

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Although food neophobia (an irrational fear or dislike of new and unfamiliar foods) is considered to be a 'normal' part of child development, many parents are mistaking their minor's natural physical and physiological reactions to food, for fussy eating.

In order to highlight how food refusal can stem from more than just a stubborn stomach, we're sharing our top three reasons why tots' may be reluctant to tuck into new and familiar foods...

1. Increased fibre and fluid intake.
Although an adequate fibre and fluid intake may play a predominant part in a healthy diet and digestion, minors' are more likely to shun snacks and meals if their tiny tummies are full with fibre-rich foods and/or fluid - this can result in food refusal (as well as the reluctance to try new tastes and textures) simply because their stomach is already satisfied, particularly as fibre is a satiety stimulating nutrient that promotes a feeling of fullness.

2. A negative eating environment.
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