Passing a swab smelling of aniseed near the babies nose – babies familiar with the scent leant towards the swab whilst others ignored it or actively pulled away.
Placing a swab either side of the baby’s head – one with aniseed and one with another scent. The babies familiar with aniseed almost all lent towards the scent.
Dr Schall explains “In general when we appreciate a food we say it is the taste of the food, but in general it is really the odour of the food”.’The aroma of aniseed would have been passed through the baby’s nose in their mother’s amniotic fluid before they were born’.
So what does this mean, the test group were only 24 babies – how the study would play out with 2400 babies. Or if the experiment used a spicy odor not embedded in the typical cuisine of the region. And is there the potential to manipulate the palate of a child. I’m visualizing it now, pregnant women devouring masses of greens. Or in some strange SciFi world, companies sponsoring mothers to eat their products exclusively. This study is fascinating but is it a case of a little knowledge can sometimes be a dangerous thing?