UK: Picky toddlers don’t end up nutrient-deficient teens

05 July 2019

Toddlers who are picky about their food are not deficient in essential nutrients compared with their peers when they are teenagers.


However, the few truly persistent picky eaters showed pronounced differences in food intake at the age of 13, including a higher intake of sugar, according to new research published in Nutrients.

University of Bristol researchers examined food questionnaires and records of children in the ‘Children of the 90s’ study to find out if those identified as picky eaters at three years old had differences in their diet by the time they were aged 10, and again at 13, compared with non-picky eaters in the study.

At 10, the diets of picky eaters had similar differences to their peers as age three; generally, they ate less fruit, vegetables and meat. But by age 13 the differences were less pronounced.

Dr Caroline Taylor, who led the research, says the differences were ‘not large and are unlikely to have adverse effects on general health and development’.

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