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Seasonal Food Cravings

  People think of certain foods more often in the summer – barbecue on the grill, or maybe ice cream or watermelon. They can actually crave certain foods during various seasons, according to nutritionist Trisha Mandes and USC Public Health Professor Brie Turner-McGrievey. The reason is often that people can have low-grade addictions to some foods because they release chemicals in the brain that make them feel good – an opiate-like effect, says Mandes. High on the list of addictive foods is cheese.

Tut Underwood is producer of South Carolina Focus, a weekly news feature. A native of Alabama, Tut graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Speech Communication. He worked in radio in his hometown before moving to Columbia where he received a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and worked for local radio while pursuing his degree. He also worked in television. He was employed as a public information specialist for USC, and became Director of Public Information and Marketing for the South Carolina State Museum. His hobbies include reading, listening to music in a variety of styles and collecting movies and old time radio programs.