It has been postulated anecdotally that Selective Eating may have a genetic component. To my amazement, it turns out that an uncle of mine (who has lived abroad all my life) also has a degree of pickiness, and a great uncle too, who died before I was born. Which proves nothing of course, but got me thinking.
If Adult Picky Eating is not a new phenomenon (and some of you are in your 50s and 60s, I know), however did picky eaters from earlier generations manage? Could it be that they were simply not expected, pre-globalisation, to eat or try anything like the variety of foods we are exposed to in the 21st century?
Was it easier for them to have to turn down fruits and vegetables only in season, instead of all-year round? Or was it harder in those days to maintain a diet of mainly bread and potatoes, when there were fewer available alternatives to supplement one’s diet with?
Did anyone even have to know that these people didn’t like curry, before it had migrated out of its native land? I wonder if they could have even passed unnoticed.