File Under: Gene of the Week

Posted by Jesse Reynolds October 15, 2007
Biopolitical Times
Photo by Sylwia Kapuscinski for The New York Times

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.