Is it true that having a “sweet tooth” is a congenital thing?

Yes. Babies are born with a fondness for sweetness (the “sweet tooth” comes later!). Nibbling is a primordial urge that is deep-rooted in every human being. This preference for “sweetness” has ensured mankind’s survival throughout the course of evolution. For sweet-tasting plant parts are frequently edible. As opposed to the bitter-tasting ones. The latter are often poisonous. The sweet taste comes from simple carbohydrates. Our body needs these as a very important energy supply. Tests have shown that newborn babies react to sweet-tasting stimuli by displaying contented and relaxed facial expressions. By contrast, sour and bitter tastes make them grimace in a disgruntled way.

Can one eat confectionery and snack products as part of a varied diet?

Yes. Confectionery and snack products are part and parcel of a varied diet. This is shown by the nutrition pyramid published by the German Nutrition Society (DGE), which includes confectionery and snack products. The important thing is that one consumes confectionery and snack products in a mindful manner and with pleasure. They should by no means replace a fully nutritious meal.