From ice cream to stew, why our eating habits change in autumn.

The warm summer days are over and autumn showers are sweeping across the country. High time to replace ice creams and summer fruits for a cozy cup of tea and a hearty stew. Why do we eat differently in the fall?

Cravings for different foods have everything to do with our ambient temperature, says Margriet Westerterp, professor of food intake regulation in humans at Maastricht University. "The core temperature of our body, 37 degrees Celsius, decreases with a lower ambient temperature. A drop in core temperature makes us feel uncomfortable. So when we get colder we have to do something to warm up.

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