• LADY ANTEBELLUM - NEED YOU NOW

    Now Playing

    NEED YOU NOW - LADY ANTEBELLUM

  • BILL WITHERS - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE

    Previously Played

    AIN'T NO SUNSHINE - BILL WITHERS

  • ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK - IF YOU LEAVE

    Previously Played

    IF YOU LEAVE - ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK

  • Meat Loaf - YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH

    Previously Played

    YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH - Meat Loaf

  • MADONNA - LIKE A PRAYER

    Previously Played

    LIKE A PRAYER - MADONNA

  • AMERICA - A HORSE WITH NO NAME

    Previously Played

    A HORSE WITH NO NAME - AMERICA

  • DIANA ROSS - UPSIDE DOWN

    Previously Played

    UPSIDE DOWN - DIANA ROSS

  • ABBA - THE NAME OF THE GAME

    Previously Played

    THE NAME OF THE GAME - ABBA

  • CHICAGO - Old Days

    Previously Played

    Old Days - CHICAGO

  • BILLY JOEL - MY LIFE

    Previously Played

    MY LIFE - BILLY JOEL

  • SAVAGE GARDEN - I KNEW I LOVED YOU

    Previously Played

    I KNEW I LOVED YOU - SAVAGE GARDEN

  • STEPHEN STILLS - LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH

    Previously Played

    LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH - STEPHEN STILLS

  • LIONEL RICHIE - ALL NIGHT LONG

    Previously Played

    ALL NIGHT LONG - LIONEL RICHIE

  • RENEE GEYER - SAY I LOVE YOU

    Previously Played

    SAY I LOVE YOU - RENEE GEYER

  • OLIVIA NEWTON,JOHN - HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU

    Previously Played

    HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU - OLIVIA NEWTON,JOHN

  • TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS - LEARNING TO FLY

    Previously Played

    LEARNING TO FLY - TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

  • GO WEST - WE CLOSE OUR EYES

    Previously Played

    WE CLOSE OUR EYES - GO WEST

  • HALL & OATES - RICH GIRL

    Previously Played

    RICH GIRL - HALL & OATES

  • THE HUMAN LEAGUE - DON'T YOU WANT ME

    Previously Played

    DON'T YOU WANT ME - THE HUMAN LEAGUE

  • STEELY DAN - Do It Again

    Previously Played

    Do It Again - STEELY DAN

  • KATRINA AND THE WAVES - WALKING ON SUNSHINE

    Previously Played

    WALKING ON SUNSHINE - KATRINA AND THE WAVES

It turns out there's actually a scientific reason why we can't stop eating comfort food in winter ...

Section
Trending Now,
Publish Date
Friday, 12 July 2019, 2:18PM

We've all been guilty of craving a big bowl of a hearty casserole on a cold day - and it turns out there is actually a real cause behind these cravings!

That's right!

Science has uncovered the following three legitimate reasons why we all of a sudden need to eat a hot pie when it's raining outside ...

1. The gut 'speaks' to the brain and the brain 'speaks' to our gut

Our stomach is responsible for the production of the ‘happiness chemicals’ dopamine and serotonin. 

These chemicals are also produced by exposure to sunlight and exercise. Because both of these decline in winter (who really wants to work out in the cold?) our overall happiness level also goes down. 

Cold weather + dark outside = we want to feel happy = we eat comfort food.

READ MORE:
• Apparently adding coffee to mince is the secret to making the best nachos and spaghetti bolognese

2. Evolution 

Before the convenience of microwaves, refrigerators and supermarkets, our caveman ancestors had to eat foods that would sustain them for longer periods of time, especially in winter.

And although we aren't living in caves anymore, our bodies are still trained to crave the same foods.

3. Childhood

Usually, you think that if you eat something a lot as a child you’re more likely to hate it as an adult. But it turns out that’s not always the case when it comes to cravings.

We’re more likely to eat as adults whatever we were given as children in winter. 

Comfort food = happiness childhood memory = desire to recreate. 

So the next time you’re really yearning for some comfort food … now you know why!

Listen Live Here Listen Live on iHeartRadio