What is seen as a staple food for many babies may be detrimental as researchers have found that babies who were spoon fed pureed foods were more likely to develop unhealthier food choices.
The research compared spoon-fed babies to those independently eating finger food, who were more likely to develop healthier choices.
Results found that baby-led feeding resulted in a preference for food such as carbohydrates and other healthy building blocks needed for a healthy diet in early childhood. Spoon-fed children instead developed a preference for sweet foods.
Psychologists believe that discovering the factors contributing to nutrition in children is paramount, as early childhood is the best time to start encouraging healthier food consumption.