For some people, trying a new food can be a distressing experience. Marcia Levin Pelchat of the Monell Chemical Senses Center researches picky eaters. A lot of children start out this way, but they grew out of it. For scores of adults, though, this limited food range often affects their social lives. Some picky eaters eat 20 or fewer different foods and may reject an entire class of food. To overcome this problem, parents should invite people over to eat, dine out, or expose their own children to kids who are eating different foods. To find out more about the interesting research on taste, smell, and chemical irritation, visit the Monell website.
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