Curry preference could be down to what mums eat while breastfeeding

Like your curry hot and spicy? It could be down to what your mother ate while she was breastfeeding, new research reveals

  • Your curry preference could be down to what your mother ate while breastfeeding
  •  Researchers found that when mothers eat a curry dish containing piperine it becomes present in their milk
  •  This could help babies  increase their tolerance for spicy food as they grow up, the experts said
  • Whether you prefer a spicy vindaloo or a mild korma could all be down to what your mother ate while she was breastfeeding, researchers have suggested.

    They found that when mothers eat a curry dish containing piperine – a chemical responsible for the pungency in pepper – it soon becomes present in their breastmilk. 

    A study of 18 breastfeeding women revealed that just one hour after eating a curry, piperine was detectable in breast milk for several hours.

    Even though the levels were much lower than could be detected through taste, the scientists say the piperine could activate a ‘pungent receptor’ in babies’ bodies. 

    Whether you prefer a spicy vindaloo or a mild korma could all be down to what your mother ate while she was breastfeeding, researchers have suggested (File image)

    Whether you prefer a spicy vindaloo or a mild korma could all be down to what your mother ate while she was breastfeeding, researchers have suggested (File image)

    A study of 18 breastfeeding women revealed that just one hour after eating a curry, piperine was detectable in breast milk for several hours (File image)

    A study of 18 breastfeeding women revealed that just one hour after eating a curry, piperine was detectable in breast milk for several hours (File image)

    This could help increase their tolerance for spicy food as they grow up, said author Dr Roman Lang of the Technical University of Munich.

     Only piperine, and not other compounds from the likes of ginger and chilli, were found in the milk. 

    The researchers say a barrier could exist between a mother’s circulation and the mammary glands that only piperine can cross.

    Writing in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, the scientists said further research is needed to determine whether their hypothesis really is true.