File Under: Gene of the Week
In a widely-circulated article, the New York Times recently reports that aversion to new foods (i.e. being a picky eater) is 78% genetic.
Researchers examined the eating habits of 5,390 pairs of twins between 8 and 11 years old and found children’s aversions to trying new foods are mostly inherited.
The message to parents: It’s not your cooking, it’s your genes....
According to the report, 78 percent is genetic and the other 22 percent environmental.