Nostalgia of the palate: Expats don’t leave their food preferences behind

Have you ever felt that you need comfort food from home? It’s a need that many migrants carry with them in their suitcase. The nostalgia of the palate is the sensation of missing the flavors and dishes of one’s native country. It is usually most intense for expats, migrants and refugees within the first year of their arrival in a new country. Food preference is a cultural construct learned during childhood from parental figures such as the mother, grandmother or father, which shape taste preference towards certain flavors. And, even if we change our eating habits as we grow up,…

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