Health check: Why do we crave comfort food in winter?

Megan Lee, Jacqueline Yoxall

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It’s winter and many of us find ourselves drawn to bowls of cheesy pasta, oozing puddings, warming soups, and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

These and other comfort foods can make us feel good. But why? And why do we crave them in winter and not in summer?

Research tells us there are three good reasons, (i) the gut speaks to the brain, (ii) evolution may have a hand, (iii) psychology, craving and mood
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


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