A new study released this week showed that fetuses make a “crying face” in the womb when exposed to the taste of a bud eaten by their mother and a greater “laughter-face” response when exposed to a carrot. Is.
“The findings of this study have important implications for understanding the abilities of the fetus and early evidence to discriminate between different tastes,” the researchers wrote in the study published in Sage Journals.
They looked at the healthy fetuses of about 100 women in England. Researchers gave mothers capsules containing powdered versions of the two foods. 35 women were placed in an experimental group that consumed an organic kale capsule, 35 were placed in a group that took a carrot capsule, and 30 were placed in a control group that consumed the taste. was not in contact with.
About 20 minutes later, the researchers said a 4D ultrasound scan showed that most fetuses exposed to kale appeared to grin, while most babies exposed to carrots appeared to smile. On the other hand, the control group had the same reaction.
Eager for carrots, not so keen for kale…
This is the first direct evidence that the fetus in the womb responds differently to different tastes and odors https://t.co/13UKS7IjVMpic.twitter.com/xAqXGDqxQl
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“When fetuses were exposed to the carrot flavor, they were more likely to show ‘laughter-face’ responses, and when they were exposed to the black flavor, they were more likely to show ‘cry-face’ responses had,” the researchers wrote.
“We also found that facial responses to taste became more complex as the embryos matured,” he said.
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Now, the study’s researchers are proposing, based on the findings, that repeated exposure to certain tastes in the womb may be a factor in establishing food preferences after birth. They believe that if fetuses are regularly exposed to a vegetable like kale in the womb, they may be more likely to tolerate or enjoy it later in life.
The researchers also noted that mothers who eat a healthy diet while pregnant may also find that their babies are less fussy. However, the study’s authors noted that further research is needed to definitively determine whether fetuses are capable of experiencing emotions, likes, and dislikes.