Multiple studies have shown that early and frequent exposure to a variety of foods increases food acceptance. In fact, some report that it takes as much as twelve exposures for a kid to accept a particular food that they did not initially accept.
Another advantage of early exposure is that it allows for kids to become familiar with a particular food before developing a preconceived notion about that food. In effect, just as in life, early exposure breaks down stereotypes. For instance, many adults eschew tofu due to a preconceived notion that tofu is invariably bland and flavorless. In fact, tofu is quite versatile and can be used as a carrier of a great many flavor profiles.
In the following clip, entitled "Kung-fu Tofu", I show you just how flavorful tofu can be while also breaking down further stereotypes: