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Are changes in the preferences for different foods between childhood and adulthood based on any physiological factors or are they examples of the so called acquired tastes?
I'm sure we can all think of examples of food we liked as a child but have grown to dislike as we get older and vice versa.
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imfeduptoo answers:

I believe it's both; a child's body usually has different requirements from an adult's as it is growing at a great rate and often uses a lot more energy.
(Assuming that the adage that one's body asks for what it needs is true).

Anything with a strong taste like sprouts, olives, onions, coffee, are usually aquired tastes and perhaps aren't offered to young children so they don't aquire the taste for them until they are adults.

Another reason for for disliking something could be pschological;
there are many things that I liked as a child that I can't bear now - pancakes, milk puddings and milk, new bread to name a few - it's the texture rather than the taste that I dislike so I'm inclined to think a nasty experience must have put me off this kind of thing.

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Maygs answers:

I think these days parents are too quick to take their children to macdonalds, or give them crisps and chocolate as a snack. Nowadays meals consist of fish fingers, beans and chips, or some other procesed rubbish. Of course if new foods are introduced they are quickly rejected and the child claims they "don't like" it. It's the parents fault for creating fussy eaters.

I was brought up to try things, and if I didn't like it then it's a moment of dislike and I knew for next time. I think the tastebuds do change over time but it's mainly a psychological response from childhood that people automatically say "I don't like it" without trying it. I find this so frustrating. I used to think I didn't like peppers until recently but after trying them again I love them. I love trying new foods that I have never tried before, and this is because my parents encouraged me to do this from a young age and didn't give me junk food dinners. I didn't have chocolate til I was about 5 and this was only because my nan thought it was mean of my mum to do this and gave it to me!

Kids do not know any different, unless we give them strong, rich food, then I think they would eat what we give them. If it's nor dealt with from a young age it progresses into adulthood. For example, I went to a restaurant for my cousin's birthday, to a pizza place that was quite posh, not like your usual takeaway. There was so much to try that bubs and I got two different pizzas and had half each, whereas my cousin's friends were disgusted at the menu. The restaurant said they would do them any pizza they wanted. One picked a plain cheese pizza and the others went for three cheese and mushroom. The three cheese had Roquefort on, bubs asked if they knew what it was and one said yes he had tried it on a steak once, so bubs explained how strong this cheese is and they said it would be fine. Needless to say, when the pizzas arrived everyone made such a fuss as they didn't like it. The guy with the plain cheese pizza actually said it was too dull. How can these people be pleased?! Luckily karma bit them in he bottom as they got a kebab after the meal and they got food poisoning. Ha.

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