Study shows the taste of kale makes unborn babies pucker

Even buns in the oven don’t like kale.

The taste of the bitter leafy greens makes unborn babies grimace with a “crying face,” while carrots are more likely to induce a smile, according to a new study.

Fetuses were twice as likely to make the disgusted expression after their mothers swallowed powdered cabbage capsules compared to powdered carrot pills, according to a team of researchers from Durham University in England.

Conversely, when the expectant mothers ate the carrots, the unborn children were more likely to make a “smiling face,” according to the study, published Wednesday in the journal Psychological Science.

“[It means] the mother has not yet finished her meal [when] the fetus is already aware or able to sense what the mother has eaten,” one of the study’s authors, Benoist Schaal, told the Guardian.

To test the ability to taste flavors in the womb, researchers took ultrasound scans of about 70 unborn babies between 32 and 36 weeks, about 20 minutes after their mothers ate the vegetables, according to the study.

According to a new study, babies in the womb react with a "crying face" when their mothers eat kale.
Babies in the womb react with a “crying face” when their mothers eat kale, according to a new study.
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Pregnant women aged 18 to 40 were divided into three groups, including kale eaters, carrot eaters and women who were given no food at all.

The expectant mothers were asked not to eat for at least an hour before their babies’ faces were scanned.

The researchers then analyzed 180 ultrasound images of the fetuses frame by frame to examine their facial expressions – and found that kale likely made the little ones green in the gills.

The fetuses were found to be more likely to a "smiling face" when the mothers ate carrot capsules.

It was found that the fetuses were more likely to “smile” when the mothers ate carrot capsules.


An example of a fetus grimacing after the mother ate powdered kale capsules.

An example of a fetus grimacing after the mother ate powdered kale capsules.


It might be a bitter pill to swallow, but exposure to the once-trendy leafy greens and other vegetables in the womb is likely to make the child less picky, said Beyza Ustun, the study’s lead author.

“What [we] From other research, we know that babies are much less picky eaters when the mother has a varied diet, like vegetables and fruits, etc.,” she said.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/22/taste-of-kale-makes-unborn-babies-grimace-study-shows/ Study shows the taste of kale makes unborn babies pucker

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