The smell of a baked potato can actually make us feel happier, scientists say. Researchers have discovered that the aromas given off during the cooking process can trigger positive memories in the brain, the Daily Mail reported. As part of the study, subjects were presented with a Maris Piper, baked in the oven for an hour 140 degrees, and asked if it inspired any feelings.
Findings revealed the majority of participants were uplifted by comforting childhood memories – including favourite grandparents and meals with the family. Avinash Kant, who lead the research, said the positive emotions were triggered by what is called the “Maillard Effect”. He said: “Food aromas and their recognition is a complex brain function which we’ve only recently started to understand.”