You have to be carefully taught

Many experts and many just plain folks are wondering why we are having so many problems related to food in our society today. But I don’t think it’s such a mystery. There are many contributing factors. But a lot has to do with how we grow up and what we grow up eating. I know that many parents struggle to just get any kind os decent food into the kids. They give in to good-tasting but not good-for-you food just to have a moment’s peace.  But parents are not the only influence in what kids like.

On today’s News page, we have a wonderful story from NPR about one mother’s effort to reclaim her son’s love for the food of his ancestors. And she finally found a different peer group for her son that loved food the way he did.

Monica Bhide’s son Jai became self-conscious about his favorite foods, but a children’s cooking class taught him that he wasn’t alone in his adventuresome ways. Bhide says Jai loved learning how to make sushi — and gobbled up every piece he’d made in the class.

I have to admit that when I was growing up, I was like most kids, a picky eater. Many of those foods I refused to eat then I still don’t like. But I have also learned that there’s a wonderful world of food out there, marvelous things I never would have know about if I didn’t learn to give it a try.

Variety in our diets helps us by giving our bodies a wide range of nutrients. It also loosens the grip of our addiction to salt, fat and sugar, elements that are rarer in nature than we think. That’s why our taste buds crave them.

Please check out our News page for this heart-warming story of a mother’s love and a son’s struggle with peer pressure.