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Supertasters on BBC Two January 25, 2007

Filed under: For Parents of Picky Eating Children,Picky On TV — Claire @ 3:50 pm

I notice there’s something about super-tasters and child picky eaters on BBC Two at 9pm tonight, in The Truth About Food.  I’ll certainly be watching it, and reporting back if it is at all worthwhile, but if you can’t make it or if you’re not in the uk, you can see a clip of it if you follow the aforementioned link. 

For some reason, I really like hearing other people, especially children, announcing lists of foods they don’t like.  I find it somehow gives a retrospective affirmation to my own experiences which were never validated at the time.  I find it really satisfying, although I also find the taste-bud test for super-tasters rather icky to look at. 

More on the programme later, no doubt.

UPDATE 10:00pm:
Quite an interesting programme, all in all. The supertasters thing was really just a reference to the fact of it – ie some people have more tastebuds than others, and hence find things like broccoli a bit yucky.  It did show examples however, using the “blue food-dye on the tongue” test, of what “non-tasters'” and “super-tasters'” tongues would look like.  And I believe I can confirm my suspicion that I, like Isaac in the programme, am not a super-taster.  Of course, having never tasted broccoli, I can’t comment on whether I find the taste of it appalling or not,  but I can say that my desire not to eat it must have to do with something other than how it tastes to me.

There was also a demonstration about how peer-pressure can affect our food preferences.  A group of “cool” child actors visited a primary school to hang out with the children.  The children were self-confessed vegetable-haters, whereas the child actors were specially selected for being veg-eaters.  At first, I thought some of the children might be picky like me, the way they refused to eat vegetables.  This suspicion was refuted though, when they bowed to the peer pressure, and ate the broccoli, without a hint of a tint of a gag reflex, and even ate it spontaneously (and happily) at home on later occasions.

I also learned that sugar doesn’t make children hyperactive, and that portion size can be a stronger factor than hunger in determining how much one eats at a sitting.  Personally, I’m not sure it’s that simple, but more about that another time. 

The programme also showed how “forbidden” foods become more attractive, simply by virtue of their being forbidden.

One other thing that kind of relates to pickiness, was the idea that you have to try a particular food a certain number of times before you will be able to like it.  The number chosen by the programme was ten – the child in the programme had to eat some avocado every day for ten days.  At the end of this period, he said he still didn’t like it, but he did dislike it less.  The statistic they quoted was that 62% of children did begin to like the food in question after being presented with a small amount on ten separate occasions.  What I am wondering is whether the magic number is necessarily the same for everyone.

This programme has certainly given me some food for thought, and in particular, some inspiration and some ideas to test out on how to improve my pickiness.  Watch this space.


How Do Picky Eaters Feel About Curry? January 20, 2007

Filed under: Personal Stories,picky eaters — Claire @ 1:46 am

So asked my dear brother last week, in advance of a family meal at his house.  I was very touched that he asked me, and I confirmed that I can’t do curry, and I’d prefer pizza, but I’m perfectly happy to be the odd one out, and I don’t want to deprive anyone of their curry.

So then the evening arrived, and to my surprise, it had been determined that everyone should have pizza.  For some reason, it was considered important that everyone should eat the same thing.  Being picky, I don’t share this view, because that would entail forcing my extreme food preferences on others, and that’s not nice.  And so I felt bad for expressing my pizza preference, not knowing that it would mean pizza for everyone, even those who would have preferred curry.

I would have felt better if instead of curry he had suggested something which, while not being my favourite meal, was nevertheless something I could manage to eat.  Then I wouldn’t have been eating one of my favourite things, when everyone else would have preferred the original suggestion.  As it was, I was catered to 100%, (which I do appreciate very much), but I feel bad that it was at the expense of others.  Am I worrying about this too much?


What’s In My Basket? January 10, 2007

Filed under: General — Claire @ 6:32 pm

Today’s visit to my local Tescos, during which I struggled, as usual, to find things healthy enough and bearable enough, but yet diverse enough for my limited palate, yielded the result:

  1. 1 x Tropicana Raspberry Mandarin (don’t know what that’ll be like)
  2. 1 x Tropicana Orange + Calcium
  3. 2 x Centrum multivitamins (buy one get one free)
  4. 1 x Fresh Bagel
  5. 3 x Gingerbread Men
  6. 1 x Mozarella (low fat)
  7. 1 x Balsen Choco Liebniz
  8. 1 x Tuna in brine

What’s in your basket?


Happy New YEAR! January 2, 2007

Filed under: General — Claire @ 5:26 pm

Happy new year, picky eaters!  Here’s wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous 2007.