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HELP -- Travelling w/Kids ---- Does the milk taste different?

HELP -- Travelling w/Kids ---- Does the milk taste different?

Jun 1st, 2005, 10:08 AM
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One of my daughters was a picky eater. Try to get your kids to see eating out in Italy as a shared adventure. Talk about it ahead of time in a fun way. Try to give her the idea that tasting different things in Italy is going to be fun. From one Mom to another (or are you a Dad?) you are worrying too much!

Then, when you are eating in Italy, let her see how much you are enjoying your food. Let her eat what she wants without stressing about it. Sometimes parents forget that she really won't starve, she'll eventually eat something when she's hungry! The trick is to let yourself off the hook...You're on vacation, you're not at home, relax the usual nutritional rules.

Gradually over time our very picky daughter became a better eater, and eating out actually helped. The trick is don't force her to eat or drink anything while eating out. Just offer it, don't coax. She will eventually try new things and surprise you and herself by liking them.

When she saw how much I was enjoying my restaurant food, she began to want to taste it.

The same plan works for food, milk, juices, etc.

Even if your 4-year-old hates all the milk in Italy, it's okay. She'll drink something else. If you go out of your way always to give her exactly and only what she is used to, she'll miss out on the adventure of trying new things and finding, surprise, I love some of them!
Make eating fun, that's the trick, on vacation.

Maybe you can make it into a game, and have the kids keep a food journal, with words or pictures, showing new foods/drinks they tried in Italy. Kids eat those horrible Harry Potter jelly beans, even the vomit and booger flavors, because they think it's a game, and nobody is forcing them.

Good luck, have fun!
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Jun 1st, 2005, 10:13 AM
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Milk tends to taste different in different parts of the world for various reasons. It's not necessarily a big deal, in part because it won't do a 4 year old harm to go without while on holiday (he does drink water, right?) and in part because most 4 year olds are delighted to get their milk in the form of hot cocoa, the usual breakfast beverage for children (and more adults than you might think) in Italy.

If you're really concerned you could try habituating him to different sorts of milk before you go: different percenages butterfat, different temperatures, UHT, goat, soy, rice. It's not usually the taste of the new milk that offends, but the fact that it's not identical to what the child's used to.
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Jun 1st, 2005, 10:18 AM
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Milk tastes different everywhere. In fact, it tastes substantially different from one brand of milk to another as well. In addition, UHT milk tastes different from ordinary pasteurized milk, which in turn tastes different from raw or microfiltered milk, and so on.

Kids will notice the difference and may be picky about drinking milk that doesn't taste the way they expect.
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Jun 1st, 2005, 12:36 PM
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I know now that my son will have no problem with the milk as he drank the Parmalat milk when we went on a trip to a developing country last year. Also, I'm not worried about the situation, just curious. Since I had the thought, I figured I would look into it so I know what to expect when we go in a few weeks.

With that said, some clarification is needed. The Parmalat Milk Boxes that I have given him are just like juice boxes and are found in the juice box aisle. The milk stays fresh due to aseptic processing. My son and all of my friends' kids have found no difference with the Parmalat sold in the US vs. our regular milk in the dairy case. Here is an excerpt I found from SlowTrav:

[Most milk in the US is sold UHT pasteurized, even the organic brands. UHT givves milk a longer shelf life while probably damaging the proteins in ways we can only speculate the effects on our bodies. So refrigerated vs aseptic is not about UHT. The issue with Aseptic packaging is that it is atmosphere controlled from the moment the milk is pasteurized until the package is complete. This control reduces the initial bacteria load to near zero and assures a stable and controlled environment. Hence the long shelf life. I actually can find little or no flavor difference between Parmalat milk in boxes vs conventional refrigerated milk in our stores. I only use milk in coffee however.]

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Jun 1st, 2005, 01:22 PM
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Once they have their first taste of gelato, you're not going to have to give another thought as to how the milk tastes or how to be sure they get their dairy products...trust me!
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Jun 1st, 2005, 01:29 PM
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We've traveled with our two children to Europe and the only problem we've ever confronted was trying to understand exactly the type of milk we were getting.

It seemed to me that in Italy you had similiar options for fat content, skim, half and half, etc. As I don't speak Italian and couldn't find someone who could translate, I was never quite sure what milk I was getting.

My children didn't care or notice. If you're son is particular, perhaps you can get somewhere here to translate the labels.
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Jun 1st, 2005, 01:42 PM
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Ryan, I found the notation as to the type of milk confusing, so I just went by the fat content listed in small print somewhere on the carton. For example, Italian whole milk seems to be 3.5 grams of fat (grasse) per serving.
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