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Newly published research from the UK indicates fetuses can sense differences in their mother's food intakes, and they react to different foods with facial expressions.
FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/even-unborn-babies-find-the-taste-of-moms-kale-salad-repulsiveEven Unborn Babies Find The Taste of Mom's Kale Salad Repulsive
Babies in the womb are big fans of carrots but not so much leafy green vegetables – and show it in their faces, scientists said in a new study published Thursday.
Researchers at Durham University in northeast England said the findings were the first direct evidence that babies react differently to various smells and tastes before they are born.
A team of scientists studied 4D ultrasound scans of 100 pregnant women and discovered that babies exposed to carrot flavors showed "laughter-face" responses.
Those exposed to kale flavors in contrast showed more "cry-face" responses.
Lead postgraduate researcher Beyza Ustun said: "A number of studies have suggested that babies can taste and smell in the womb, but they are based on post-birth outcomes while our study is the first to see these reactions prior to birth. ...
The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, included scientists from Durham's Fetal and Neonatal Research Lab and Aston University in Birmingham, central England. ...