Home-cooked baby food 'leads to healthy diet'

Babies fed home-cooked food are more likely to eat fruit and vegetables when they are older than those given meals from jars and packets, a study has shown.

Researchers at De Montfort University in Leicester and the universities of Bristol and Birmingham found that infants weaned on home-made casseroles and puddings develop a taste for what is good for them by the age of seven.

Data from 7,866 mothers of children born in 1991 and 1992 was analysed.

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The results showed that youngsters who were frequently given home-cooked fruit or vegetables aged six months were more likely to be eating higher amounts of fruit and vegetables aged seven than those given home-cooked meals less often.

There was no positive effect on later eating habits for babies fed shop-bought meals.