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But American culture sends parents a very different message. Kids menus full of so called “kid foods” like chicken nuggets, pizza and french fries are everywhere. There’s good reason why salty, sweet cheap moncler sale and fatty foods appeal to kids: It’s basic biology.

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But Birch says many moncler outlet online American parents aren’t just battling biology they’re also battling our food landscape.

“If you think about what the food industry puts out for children between the ages of 2 and 12 as things that are appropriate for them to eat, they’re really making it difficult for parents to promote consumption of fruits and vegetables and a healthy, non processed kind of diet,” Birch says.

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He and I both tuck into a plateful at his home in Northern Virginia. It’s tasty but so hot it leaves my lips tingling. But Ashwin? He just wants more.

“More pickle. More pickle,” Ashwin says to his mother.

moncler outlet online How did little Ashwin develop such a broad palate? It turns out that his parents set up him up from his very first bite. Ashwin’s mom, Viji Sundaram, says she has basically been feeding him whatever the rest of the family eats from the get go. Sundaram, who grew up in Chennai, India, says it’s a common practice there. moncler outlet online

For many Hindus in India and elsewhere, it all starts with a ceremony called Annaprasana (also known as Annaprashan or Annaprasna). The ceremony marks baby’s first taste of solid foods. Relatives and friends gather for the occasion. They bless the child, essentially saying, “From this point onwards, you’re eating something else that is not your mom’s milk and you are blessed,” Sundaram explains. cheap moncler jackets “Be confident that this will agree with you and this nutrition is going to make you grow.”

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moncler outlet But that thinking isn’t just ceremonial. Sundaram says that right away, she started introducing her babies to table foods. Yogurt came first, followed quickly by lentils and rice. By the time they were around 7 months old, Sundaram was feeding her children more challenging flavors, like those in rasam a spicy Indian soup made with chiles, cumin and other spices. She would mix the rasam cheap moncler with rice and temper the flavors with some ghee, a type of clarified butter. moncler outlet

moncler jacket sale By the time they were 1, Ashwin and his 10 year old sister, Janani, were both eating table foods. (Janani is the only child I’ve ever met who has told me she loves beetroot.) moncler jacket sale

Exposing kids to a variety of flavors early in life “tends to produce kids who are more willing to try other things,” says Birch.

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Ideally, Birch and other experts say, all children would eat whatever their parents eat from the time they start solid foods (mashed up at first, of course). But that can be hard for many parents to live up to.

There’s ideal, and there’s reality

For one thing, there’s cost. Parents may want to repeatedly expose their kids to healthy foods, but it’s hard to watch them reject broccoli or moncler sale Brussels sprouts over and over especially if you’re on a tight budget.

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Ball spends a lot of time counseling parents on nutrition, and he says this situation is common. “It’s very, very tempting to just give them something else you know, make them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or chicken nuggets.”

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Instead, Ball says parents need to be role models for their kids at the dinner table. “In other words, parents have to eat what they want their children to eat,” he says.