Gezond sap voor kinderen


Broccoli, beets, endives, Brussels sprouts, chicory, sauerkraut, spinach, asparagus. Feast Food for adults. But most children abhor it. How come?

Children have more taste buds than adults. The taste buds of chidren are located on the tongue and in the mouth and throat. Babies and toddlers all have a very intense sense of taste. Adults just taste less. On the way to adulthood people lose about 75% of the amount of taste buds.

With smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing children perceive their environment. These senses send signals to the brains. Based on these observations a child decides: tasty/not tasty, nice/not nice, do/do not cry/ not cry.

Therefore it is quite logical that babies have a natural defense against bitter and sour. Their first food in fact is composed of sweet, greasy substances, the fuel to grow. The more bitter and sour nutrients contain materials for the next growth phase. At first encounter with bitter and sour flavors taste buds react rarely positive. The brains give the signals “ risk” and “not safe”.

How to get a toddler used to new tastes?

For a new taste to experience as safe, time lends a hand. It takes 5 to 15 times before a toddler is accustomed to a new taste. Vary the way in which food is offered : make fresh juice and fresh vegetable soup with a new vegetable and put a new vegetable in the salad. Combine vegetables also with new flavors that your toddler likes already such as apple and pear for example. Or peas and carrots. With juice from the Versapers you can make simply water ice in the freezer. Combinations of carrot with fennel with mango or apple are highly recommended. Try adding a little celery, spinach or broccoli.

Offering vegetables throughout the day also helps. Therefore, use a little bit of vegetable in every meal. Or as a snack during the day. Children fill up quickly. When only the last meal of the day contains vegetables, it is more likely it won’t be eaten.

What is learned in the cradle is carried to the tomb.

Children have a natural urge to discover and love to play with shapes and colors. Make use of it and involve them in doing the shopping, washing and peeling of vegetables and preparing the food. When also the senses of touch, smell and sight may participate, nothing stands in the way to grow up as a vegetable-loving adult.