Apr 1, 2013 12:30 PM by Michael Handler; KSBY News

Picky eating could be from a gene

Researchers say some kids may be genetically programmed to be picky eaters.

Experts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill studied more than 60 sets of twins, and found nearly 2/3 of cases genes were the reason some kids avoided new food.

The researchers say an aversion to trying new foods is similar to a personality trait with some being more susceptible than others.

They say that doesn't mean kids can be a little less picky. The encourage parents to repeatedly expose children to new food, give them options and lead by example.



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