We’re a classy bunch in the UK, turns out. Forget French perfume, Belgian chocolates and silky Italian Lingerie; the way to a British heart is through our stomachs with grrrilled meat or steak as our top food choice to get us in the mood for love, so say the UK’s no.1 home delivery recipe box, HelloFresh.
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According to sensory scientist Marcia Pelchat, it’s all about channeling our inner caveman. The smell of grilling meat does things to us that makes our DNA go nuts. Pelchat says "this is because of all the three elements of flavour, it's smell that rocks our dawn-of-man world. The sense of smell is lodged in an ancient part of the brain called the limbic system, which houses emotion and long-term memory. Smells trigger personal memories as well as atavistic, or ancestral, ones.” Put like that and thinking about how it was cooking meat that changed us from apes to humans as it helped us grow our brains, this makes perfect sense.