Christopher Gardner’s son was the typical picky eater. He knew what he liked and knew what he didn’t like.That suddenly changed right around the time he became a teenager. He began liking “adult” foods and became more adventurous.
Gardner was surprised at how abruptly the change came about, but, as a nutrition science PhD-holding researcher and professor at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center, he was glad to see his son embrace new and different flavors.
“Gen Z is really great at exploring food,” Gardner told Healthline. “They want to blow their taste buds away.”But that doesn’t mean they all come out of the womb as adventurous eaters. Some take longer, and new research suggests our dietary likes and dislikes aren’t ingrained in our DNA.