Breast milk tastes - why actually?


Breast milk tastes - why actually?
07.01.2014

Breast milk is ideal food for babies and tailored to the needs of children. In early childhood she plays a crucial role in life. But why babies like milk has not yet been clearly clarified.

Studies have shown that breastfeeding promotes brain development. In the 1940s, US researchers found that breastfed children had a developmental advantage in their first few years. A series of epidemiological studies in adults followed, which gave similar results.

Breast milk is the guarantor of good growth. A main component of breast milk is protein. Breast milk's amino acids support growth and help build the immune system. You are responsible for the transport of vitamins and hormones. Fats (lipids) form the second main component and provide about 50 percent of the energy content. It is involved in building up the central nervous system and strengthens eyesight. Another group of nutrients is carbohydrates, which contain lactose in particular. It contains vitamins, minerals such as calcium or trace elements.

In the past, it was assumed that flavors that are fed by nursing mothers also pass into the milk and thus negatively affect the appetite of the babies. In this context, the pharmacy magazine “Baby und Familie” refers in a report to the study by the food chemist Prof. Dr. Erlangen. Andrea Büttner there. This has found out that aromas are by no means always tastable from breast milk. For example, fish oil and breastfeeding do not give their taste to the milk, even if the mother has consumed large amounts. (fr)

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