"Mommy--Daddy--Candy" was among one of the first phrases out of our daughter's mouth. The candy "addiction" continues to this day as she goes from one "fix" to another. I remember liking candy more as a child but I never realized just how much children prefer sweets until our daughter came along.
So when I came across this study I was intrigued. This one comes from the University of Washington where researchers looked at sweet preferences and growth rates in 143 children between ages 11 and 15.
What they found was that preference for sweets was linked to growth rate. Kids have a natural tendency to like sweets more when they are growing. The proclivity decreases when they begin to stop growing (hey tell that to my wife about liking chocolate!).
The researchers even linked the attraction to sweets with biomarkers for bone growth. They conjectured that children may crave more sweets because they require a greater need for energy during the growth years.
Now I will see my daughter's cravings in a whole new light...
Peace and Healing,
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