Fear of unknown foods can make you sick

Our parents were right: You tried best always everything, before you fall a judgment. A Finnish study has now shown that the fear of new foods is often associated with poor diet quality and the risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and type 2 Diabetes increased.

The rejection of unknown foods is also referred to as food neophobia. Who shows of this eating behavior, often has a poorer diet quality and less dietary fiber, proteins and unsaturated fatty acids, while rather a lot of saturated fatty acids and salt are in the food. The researchers at the University of Helsinki and the University of Tartu in Estonia, reports that after they asked for people with food neophobia is an unfavourable fatty acid profile, as well as a high content of inflammation markers in the blood. Both are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 Diabetes.

Prof. Markus Perola said: "The results support the idea that a varied and healthy diet plays a key role for the health. If we can intervene in the Childhood or youth in deviant eating behaviors such as food neophobia, this will help reduce potential health problems at an early stage to prevent."

Food neophobia is an eating pattern in which a Person refuses to taste food and to eat, with whom she is not familiar with. Studies of twins have revealed a heritability of up to 78 percent. Nevertheless, Perola believes that the acceptance of a varied diet through early childhood education, care and recommendations for the conduct of life in adulthood can be promoted.