The mystery of why we hoard herbs and stockpile spices

Karel Doubleday, who used her mum's blue badge so she could park close to her workplace

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Ever noticed how easy it is to collect extra jars of spices that you don’t need for your spice rack?

Check in your kitchen and I’ll bet you find you have jars of at least three herbs or spices that you don’t actually need.

It’s like people have some sort of memory problem when it comes to herbs and spices that means they can’t recall which ones they’ve got.

For instance, I now have two and a half small jars of cloves and I don’t remember ever cooking with them.

The only way I’m ever going to use them is for pain relief if I get toothache and if I get that much toothache I think I’d rather kill myself than suffer with it.

Do a random check on your herbs and spices and I bet you’re doubling or even trebling up on some of them.

If you’re not, there’s something wrong with you!

There is something I would like science to try and explain.

Why is it that some people want to eat loads after they’ve gone out on the beer and yet some other people find that a night on the ale puts them right off food?

It can’t just be to do with feeling full, because I know loads of people who feel full after eight pints, but they’re always desperate to go off for a curry or a kebab.

In fact, it’s almost impossible not to feel full after eight pints.

Because, what I’m thinking is, if we can work out what gene is responsible for ‘wanting to eat after beer’ or ‘not wanting to eat after beer’, then we can screen our friends and only choose those who match with

ourselves for a night out.

That means we’ll avoid problems with people who have to sit with their gluttonous mates watching them down endless amounts of food.

Which of these camps do you fall into?