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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How Subtle Factors Influence Our Eating

Your food choices may be influenced by what your mom ate when you were in the womb. (This Year's Love/Flickr)

Your food choices may be influenced by what your mom ate when you were in the womb. (This Year’s Love/Flickr)

A growing body of evidence suggests that subtle factors — things we’re not even aware of — influence our food choices. Everything from how our mothers ate when we we were in the womb, to what sorts of smells or noises are in the background while we dine.

NPR food and health correspondent Allison Aubrey joins us to discuss some of the latest research in this field.

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  • Robert Thomas

    Reluctantly, I’ve come to the conclusion that popular news media such as _Here and Now_ should just stop trying to report results of any scientific inquiry. Listening to this feature, there is NO WAY to know whether the research alluded to has any particular merit, value, prominence or significance. The corespondent is incapable of providing the required context. Spend the time on something else.

  • Argentus

    Seriously? You can’t talk about the womb before you eliminate everything else possible.

    That’s just stupid. Robert Thomas is right. Don’t report on things that aren’t news. You’re doing a disservice to the world. The scientific community will read the journals, and understand that debate is proper. Meanwhile, my mom thinks that she should have eaten more spicy food, so that I would have a more open point of view. This is garbage reporting. Fox news stuff. Let’s make real news, please.

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