People depend on food for energy and nutrients. However, food varies from taste and texture that may not meet ones liking or preference. This can be shown by someone’s facial expressions. For example, a baby trying something sour like a lemon may cause them to feel discomfort and make an unhappy face. Something I found interesting in this chapter was early experiences with food and this is when an infant experiences taste from swallowing amniotic fluid or drinking the mothers’ breast milk. The chapter gave an example of a mother drinking carrot juice during their pregnancy and their child preferring carrot flavored cereal over a bland cereal with no taste. It makes me question what my mother ate when I was in the womb and whether or not it has an affect on me today with my feelings about food and taste.
A key term in this chapter that I can relate to the most is mere exposure effect and this is when a food is repeated and can increase ones liking for that taste. For example, my first time trying sushi I was not happy with the taste, but the more I tried to eat my liking for sushi increased. I like all kinds of foods from different cultures. I cannot relate to the key term taste aversion and it is shown when someone has a strong dislike for a particular food.
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