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->''"In a rather morbid study, Canadian researchers observed thousands of people for 12 years, carefully noting when they kicked the bucket. Not surprisingly, the super obese subjects died first, proving once and for all that all the video games where you gain more health as you eat more are not scientifically accurate."''
-->-- '''Website/{{Cracked}}''', ''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18595_6-slacker-behaviors-that-science-says-are-good-you.html#ixzz0y8iW04Qv 6 Slacker Behaviors That Science Says Are Good for You]]''

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Video game characters have long had the amazing ability to [[HealThyself heal wounds]] through a good filling meal and/or a [[RestingRecovery quick nap]]. One is left to conclude that the heroes in video games possess a Hyperactive Metabolism that digests food and converts it to the necessary proteins needed for bodily repair at superhuman rates.

Whenever one deals with a Hyperactive Metabolism, several main points show themselves:

# Eating (and sometimes even drinking) heals you, rather than just filling you up and giving you some energy. In many games, food is the primary medicine/recovery system of choice. If other healing items are present, however, food is usually a lesser healing item, only healing a few points, while more potent medicines and first-aid kits heal much more. Usually.
# You can carry and access your food wherever you go, including in the middle of combat. Eating is either a free action which can be performed while combat is paused, or completed very quickly in real time using a hotkey.
# You can consume as much food as you need to in one sitting without getting full or throwing up, thus leading to the conclusion that the food is digested instantaneously. Furthermore, waste matter from digestion is almost non-existent, and [[NobodyPoops going to the bathroom is hardly ever necessary]]. This could be due to rapid metabolization, converting most of it into energy and cells for recovery, or it could just be a BottomlessBladder.
# It seems that the proteins and iron present in meat are the best medicines around. Chocolate bars and carrots may patch up grazing [[OnlyAFleshWound flesh wounds]] and small lacerations, but pork chops, whole turkeys and entire barbeque roasts will stop arterial blood loss, heal punctured lungs and bring you back from the brink of death.
# Salmonella and food contamination are of no concern to your powerful digestive system. Food found in garbage cans or [[InexplicablyPreservedDungeonMeat the crumbling walls of ancient castles]] infested with evil is just as nutritious as a steak ordered straight out of the local diner. This is not as rigidly adhered to as other points, as some games may feature rotten food that can harm you, and a rarer few may actually have the food you carry spoil if not properly prepared or stored.
# When drinks are present, they often will restore mana or energy in the same way food restores health.

To accommodate the hyperactive metabolism of their characters, it is not rare to see players carry [[VideoGame/RuneScape 28 cooked sharks and eat them in the middle of melee combat in less than 30 seconds.]] Some players even call hurt characters "hungry"; despite an advanced magic system, healing comes from eating.

A corollary to this is the near-universal practice of having vampirism heal the vampire, to the point where health-draining effects are often called "vampirism". In actual vampire myth, bloodsucking had no such effect; vampires only fed on blood as humans eat food. This could have tenuous justification, as their metabolisms aren't being judged by the human standard. A vampire sucking blood to heal himself could make sense, if only because we can't really deny it.

This trope, although wildly exaggerated, is at least roughly based on how healing [[TruthInTelevision works in real life]]. Food's functional purpose is to fuel the body and provide substances that the body cannot synthesize on its own. People are told when they are sick to eat until they're full, because a full stomach gives the body more calories and nutrients for repair. This trope also has fewer UnfortunateImplications than having the hero dependent on modern medicines such as pills and morphine to stay functioning, since that draws comparisons with drug abuse. That concern is less pertinent to potions and medicinal herbs because they are percieved as more "old-fashioned" and "natural".

PowerUpFood is the trope when food provides benefits in addition to (or instead of) restoring health.

Also known as Health Food. See also HealingPotion, CastFromCalories. Contrast WizardNeedsFoodBadly, where the food is needed simply to prevent starvation, and EdibleCollectible, where it's just for meeting collection objectives or ScoringPoints. When ''sleeping'' restores health, you may be at a TraumaInn. Invokes InappropriateHunger.

!!Video-Game Examples;


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* ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'' not only makes food your primary method of healing, but has food which can give you stronger attacks, let you move faster, or even make you invincible. Medicine, meanwhile, only restores HP or cures status. Of course, they are all created by magic...
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', Jade and her sidekicks can eat food to restore health, even better since [[TalkingIsAFreeAction they cannot be interrupted while eating]]. It ''is'' [[FoodPills space food]], though.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'', the title character could consume mints to reduce fatigue, or food such as bread and oranges to restore health and bincho power. However, since time flows as a seven-day week, milk, bread, and oranges would spoil and restore very little health. The only items that ''improved'' over long periods of time were the cheese and the milk, the latter only after going "sour" and getting weaker first. Give it a little longer and it turns into "yoghurt" which is about five times as good as milk.
* The early ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games had Pot Roast, which looked much like any other eight-bit piece of meat, heal the hero. Even if you did find the meat in the walls of a cursed castle that looks hundreds of years old.
** Or sconces. There's sconce meat as well as wall meat.
** Later ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, notably the {{Metroidvania}} style, started giving you more and more food items, along with more typical healing potions, to round out your diet. The further the games went, the more varied the food items got. ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'' has foods like Beef Jerky, Ground Meat, Grapes, Penne Arrabiata, and Cheesecake.
** The ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Sorrow]]'' series, as well as ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'' have rotten food items, and sometimes downright poisonous foods available to be picked up, though these would hurt you to eat them (some to an insane degree; apparently spoiled milk will have you hanging onto life by a thread). The Ghoul soul will let you eat rotten foods and still get healed.
** The first incidence of unhealthy food in ''Castlevania'' appears to be ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Symphony of the Night]]'''s toadstool; wearing something that converts poison damage into healing makes these kind of useful after all. The peanuts, however, remain a giant pain in the neck no matter ''how'' worthwhile it is to catch the things.
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', health is represented by watermelons, divided into four slices. You start with one whole watermelon, and buy two more over the course of the game. Health is frequently regained by touching watermelon slices, which are dropped by some enemies and also found in certain boxes. Snakes in the minigame "Teetering Turtle Trouble" regain the energy to spin turtles on their tails when you shoot watermelons into their mouths, making an odd overlap with EdibleAmmunition that is actually eaten.
* The main health items in the game ''VideoGame/DieByTheSword'' are meat legs, breadsticks, and healing herbs, with healing potions the only drink. They all heal the hero instantly, and since the levels are continuous and segue into each other, and he never relieves himself during the game, this is also an example of BottomlessBladder.
* ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' homages and parodies ''Castlevania'' with the "Mysterious Wall Chicken" healing item that commonly appears out of destroyed walls. Other food items are also present to restore health and boost stats, and they usually have [[DeadpanSnarker humorous descriptions]].
* In ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheWizard'', bread is the main healing pickup.
* Most ''Zelda'' games since ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' have milk as one of the earliest healing items you encounter. Later games have soup and, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', ''bee larvae.'' In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap,'' there's a bakery that sells bread that restores your health. The more expensive treats heal you more. ''Minish Cap'' is also the first ''Zelda'' game since ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' to feature a traditional, RPG-style TraumaInn.
** Taken to its logical extreme in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', where Link can quickly cook and eat dozens of hearty meals in just a few minutes. This gets some GameplayAndStoryIntegration: Zelda's diary notes that Link is a BigEater, and she even started bonding with him in part ThroughHisStomach.
* The ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' series usually avoids this due to the player being a OneHitPointWonder. On the other hand, ''vehicles'' can be repaired by filling their tanks with gasoline.
** Still played straight in a different way. Eating a lot of food in a short time will make your character fat (in this case a good thing since your projectiles also become fat, increasing their damage). You return to normal in less than a minute if you don't keep eating.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'' has Red chowing down on meat to replenish his health (and [[OralFixation constantly chewing on a]] StockFemurBone). Surprisingly, Red and his MiniMecha share a health bar, so eating meat also heals the robot. [[spoiler:Or not so surprisingly, once you learn that Red is capable of ''fusing'' with Dahak due to {{Nanomachines}}.]]
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' allows you to recover health by picking up food throughout the stages. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at one point.
-->'''Palutena:''' Now, now. I think we can all agree that Pit's not a buzzard. Though I have seen him eat some questionable things off the ground...
-->'''Pit:''' [[NoFourthWall Floor ice cream gives you health!]]
* In ''VideoGame/GoofTroop'', cherries and bananas were the healing items.
* In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', Krystal and Fox could eat Dumbledang Pods and Pukpuk eggs (said by the description to not actually be eggs) for health. With each health container divided into four sections, they would restore up to 2 and 4 sections, respectively. The former could be knocked out of trees, and both could be found in containers, as enemy drops, and, if you're really desperate, in the store. But if you're buying them, you're probably really hurting for health.
* In ''VideoGame/MajinAndTheForsakenKingdom'', special fruits heal majin & increase his stats.

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* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures'' has bananas, as well as the HealingHerb Yerba Buena.

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* ''VideoGame/GodHand'', being made in the mold of the old-fashioned BeatEmUp, has fruit for all your healing needs. In order of increasing effectiveness, there are cherries, oranges, bananas, and strawberries. In addition, pizza increases your [[LimitBreak God Hand]] meter when purchased from the game's store, smoothies increase your maximum health, and sushi lets you use more attacks in your combo.
** It quenches his thirst and keeps him full in a desert environment, eating chicken legs and meaty foods only serves to make a man thirsty.
** ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/GodHand'', lets Jack eat onions for health.
* The Glutton from ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' has ability called "Eat" which does this.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' replenishes hearts by consuming full cheeseburgers that fall out of floating boxes. "Yummy!"
** There's also bigger value meals that include a double cheeseburger, fries and a drink. "Mmm! Real meal!"
* In the ''Manga/UshioAndTora'' game for the SuperFamicom, Ushio regains health by eating rice balls, and Tora by eating [[TrademarkFavoriteFood hamburgers]].

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFight'', ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' and pretty much every other 1990s BeatEmUp you can name.
* ''Kenka Banchou'' has two meters for health, one is the health meter which is self explanatory and the stamina meter, which determines your maximum health. Eating food ranging from baked goods to box lunches will restore your health while drinks ranging from milk to strong tea restores stamina. Even more potent are the energy drinks which heals both meters.
* In NES game ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'', the heroes would every so often visit shopping malls where you could buy everything from books (to learn new abilities) to food (with which you could heal yourself and up your stats). This trope was carried to its esophageally unpleasant extreme as practically every sit-down restaurant sold the plates the food came on as part of the meal, which the hero would promptly eat. All in one gulp.
** And in the Japanese version, it turns out the stamina raising items were entire bags of high quality rice. Now picture the heroes eating an entire bag worth of rice with natto.
* Similarly in ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Scott and company can enter fast food restaurants for a quick refill of health.
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkWarpath'' had random animals around to eat.
* In ''VideoGame/PrimalRage'', it was your human followers who provided the health.
* In ''Mystical Fighter'', eating sushi is the way to restore your LifeMeter.

[[folder:Fighting Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 3'' for the Playstation 1 had Tekken Force Mode, which was sort of like a ''Final Fight/Streets of Rage'' type sidescroller, but done in 3D. You could eat whole cooked chickens to regain most of your health. The best part of that though, was the voice sample that played when you ate one. If you remember the announcer, you remember it. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEGymfKWXt0 CHICKEN]]."
* Food in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' heals very little (1-12%). To offset this, Party Balls sometimes drop a lot of it. [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Maxim Tomatoes]] heal 50% damage (100% in the first game).
** Also explicitly (as of ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. 4]]'', at least) follows Point 3 in the list above: the apple, for instance, does not heal as much as the turkey dinner.

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* Taken to a ridiculous length in ''VideoGame/FarCry2'' - any bottle of water will restore your health completely. Even if you've been hit with an rocket and pummelled by a machine gun a single bottle of water brings you back to full health.
* In ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'', there are a number of comestibles that will restore your health and [[ManaMeter EVE]] meters, but only by a very small amount. Eating snacks such as potato chips and cream-filled cakes gives you health, while drinking coffee gives you EVE, and eating a "pep bar" gives you a smidgen each of health and EVE. Meanwhile, smoking cigarettes will give you a bit of EVE at the cost of some health, while drinking alcohol will give you a bit of health at the cost of some EVE. The gene tonic Extra Nutrition will give you more health from consumables and Booze Hound causes you to gain EVE instead of losing it when drinking booze.
** There is, however, a mild disincentive to drinking alcohol for health--drink too much in too short a time and the corners of the screen will become fuzzy and your movements will become drunken wobbles for a minute or two.
** ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' superficially expanded the set of consumable items, adding not only more mundane food items like canned goods and cola but vitamins, aspirin, fresh water, and something called "Doc Hollcroft's Cure-All", which restores both health and EVE despite being, as an audio diary [[AllThereInTheManual on the website]] reveals, a placebo.
** ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' expands eating even more as you no longer hold medkits any more. Food is far easier to find, even in illogical places such as [[GoodiesInTheToilets toilets]] and trash cans.
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' includes soy food, soda cans, candy bars, and at least three kinds of alcohol as various small but noticeable health restoration, on top of actual medical equipment. It's [[JustifiedTrope explained]] that Denton's nanites process the food instantly. A bottle of wine or vial of illegal drugs (that do not increase your health), for instance, would have your targeting reticule wavering in a circle for about ten seconds, with more amplifying the effect.
** You can also apparently repair four crippled appendages, a couple gunshot wounds to the head, and a severe chest wound by drinking from a water fountain. Or you could, if the water fountains didn't run out of water after a few seconds.
** The sequel ''Invisible War'' does much the same, but homogenizes all the forms of food into one type of item regardless of what it looks like.
** ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' partially justifies it. Adam gains back not health, but energy by eating protein bars specifically designed to be ultra efficient when consumed by augmented humans. There is also alcohol, which increases his health above the normal maximum of 100, up to 200, along with painkillers - as such, this could be considered as due to alcohol's anaesthetic effect, but it also works just as well for healing from near-death as boosting it above 100.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' gives [[TheBigGuy the Heavy]] a "weapon" called [[http://www.steamgames.com/tf2/heavy/sandvich.htm the Sandvich]]. The Heavy has an unlimited supply of them and they restore 300 health per use, though the Heavy gets so enthralled with eating his delicious edible device that he becomes vulnerable to attack while eating it. He can also throw it on the ground (complete with a plate), which heals whoever picks it up for 50% of their max health. Instantly. Apparently [[HealThySelf stepping on the Sandvich is good enough]] when it comes to healing.
** Scout also has two drinks that are full of sugar, caffeine, and radiation that, when drunk, take effect immediately and give him the ability to dodge all damage or have guaranteed critical hits (in exchange for being more vulnerable).
** The Halloween event maps and party/Pyrovision modes reskin the standard health pickups as candy and cake, respectively. The "medieval mode" map Degroot Keep reskins the 50% health pickup (the only one built into the map) as a leg of lamb or something, though strangely enough, the 20% health pickups that are programmed to spawn on every successful kill are still standard pill bottles.
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' lets you recover by eating the dog food left for the attack dogs, or the chicken-and-vegetable dinners which have been conveniently left all over the prison floor. Additionally, if the player's health drops below 10%, you can regain 1% of health by ingesting pools of blood mixed with presumably human bones. Its modernised sequel, ''Return to Castle Wolfenstein'', features "hot meals" of turkey in addition to "cold meals" of cheese and cold cuts, though this time they're actually on tables.
* The health items in ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' are all various types of food, from soda to chickens, which recover varying amounts of health. Like the entire game, it's a homage to beat 'em ups from the 1990s.
* ''VideoGame/MafiaII'' subscribes to this trope. While being shot will eventually just heal itself after a few seconds, damage slowly chips away at your maximum health. Eating and drinking (both, in that order) will return your max health. Lampshaded during conversation:
-->Vito: "Who is this doctor, anyway?"
-->Joe: "Some guy who patches our guys up for a bit of money without asking questions. Why do you care, anyway? You heal up from things really fast. Must be your diet."
* The primary method of health restoration in ''{{Postal}} 2'' is by eating food. There are also medkits, which are naturally more effective than food items, but they can't be picked up and brought with you when you need them. The best healing items are crack pipes, which instantly boost you 25 points above the normal maximum once smoked, but after a few minutes you lose that bonus from withdrawal unless you smoke another one. Additionally, if you have boosted health you can't pick up more food.
* In ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'', Duke could regain lost health not only from obvious health power-ups like first aid kits, but could also regain some by urinating into toilets (up to 10%) or by taking drinks from sources of water, which would give back health at a rate of 1% per sip. You could even combine these two by smashing the toilet after you were done with it. If you were really desperate, and had lots of time, you could get to 100% health this way even if you were down to your last [[HitPoints hit point]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/ShawsNightmare Shaw's Nightmare]]'', there are various foods like maize, bread and meat that restore your health.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' has the minor health pickups "Monk Meal" and "Priest Porridge". Humorously, you can heat them up by shooting at them with your missile weapons so they heal more points.
* ''Zombies TC'', a GameMod for ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'', replaces health bonuses and stimpacks with candy bars, hamburgers and sodas.
* ''VideoGame/{{Breakdown}}'' has you find rations sitting around on the ground and you can buy soda from vending machines. Noticeably, you need to hold still to consume them and given the [[UnbrokenFirstPersonPerspective immersion]] the game boasts, you can see the character bring the food up to his face and eat it.
* The rather obscure ''VideoGame/RedneckRampage'' have pork rinds, beer, whiskey, moon pies (Or Cow Pies depending ob which version of the game you've gotten), moonshine, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo_Goo_Cluster GooGoo Clusters]]. What stands out though is that both snack foods and booze have a meter on their own. [[BoozeBasedBuff Beer and Whiskey]] reduces enemy damage but [[IntoxicationEnsues drinking too much makes the player harder to control and blurs the screen before passing out.]] Eating snack foods (Only Cow/Moon pies can be carried) reduces the alcohol meter but increases the gut meter. When the gut meter gets too full, the player [[{{Gasshole}} becomes flatulent, alerting the enemy of the player's presence.]]
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' plays the vampiric variant of this trope straight, but with a twist--while you can suck hostile [=NPCs=] dry with impunity, killing an "innocent" by overfeeding will make you [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil take a hit to your Humanity]]. (In either event, it's a ''really'' bad idea to let ordinary humans see you feed.)
* In ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheWoolBall'', health can be replenished by fruit (described simply as "food"), although there are also medikit pickups.
* Food items that heal are readily available throughout the zone in all ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' games. They don't heal much, but are also [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly necessary to stave off hunger]]. If you run into some badly irradiated spots, and don't have the appropriate protective gear/artifact or anti-radiation drugs to down, chugging a bottle of vodka is the next best thing. Downing a can of energy drink instantly refills your SprintMeter, and in ''Call of Pripyat'', temporarily buffs the regeneration for it as well.

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* The ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series uses meat and steamed buns as its healing foods of choice. Coincidentally, Zhuge Liang (a playable character) is traditionally credited with inventing the ''mantou,'' a plain steamed bun with no filling (these days; it may have had meat originally).
** In sister series ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'', it's dango (small rice flour balls on a skewer) and nigiri (rice shaped in a triangle and half-wrapped with a thin sheet of pressed seaweed).
** And in both, [[BoozeBasedBuff alcohol]] fills your LimitBreak meter.
** ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'', by the same producers, features things such as bread and meat for healing, and water to restore the necessary energy meter for the series' signature moves.
* ''Videogame/SengokuBasara'', as Capcom's version of ''Samurai Warriors'', also uses onigiri and sake as healing items. Crates of rice fill both the health and the Basara gauges.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}'' gives us the immortal five words: "[Color] [character] needs food badly!"
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'' characters can heal themselves with food, which also grants one of the resources used to forge new swords. Each item adds a certain amount to the Fullness Gauge and you can't eat again until the gauge is empty. Certain dishes cooked outside of combat double as PowerUpFood and restaurant dishes [[FoodPorn look really good]].
* The Atari game ''VideoGame/{{Dandy}}'' (a predecessor to ''Gauntlet'') uses food as health replenishment pickups; it's even called simply "health food" in the manual.
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' characters can restore health by eating food. Potions are better in battle since eating takes several seconds, but food grants Experience Points for increasing HP.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'', food drops in dungeons can restore health and even exceed your maximum health when eaten.

* Averted in the MMORPG ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'', your character required food and drink, or your character did not regenerate Health (food) and Mana (water). Certain foods, however, provided statistic boosts if it you in the top slot of your inventory, although not if you actually eat it. Played straight in ''VideoGame/EverquestII'', where not eating or drinking has no consequences, and eating or drinking does increase your out-of-combat regeneration AND your statistics - not eating or drinking ultimately means taking a much, much longer time to recover after a fight.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mabinogi}}'' has this. Your stamina, which affects your ability to fight, use combat skills, or use other skills, is affected by your hunger. There are potions in game to restore stamina; but the amount they restore is strongly affected by your hunger level. The more hungry you are, the lower your maximum stamina. There's also the issue that using too many potions at once will give you an overdose and you lose health/mp/stamina depending on the trait.
** Eating certain food affects your weight, either gaining or losing depending on the food.
* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' is especially stupid about this: eating 28 whole sharks in 30 seconds is not only non-fatal, it's actually healthy. This was lampshaded by Jagex in a [[https://www.facebook.com/RuneScape/photos/a.450339386728.221054.59261801728/10153475651721729 Facebook post]]. In contrast, a bad kebab can kill you if you're not lucky. And your character has a bad habit of eating pointy fish like lobsters and swordfish fast enough that it should do at least as much damage to you as the enemy's sword.
* Even used in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', however food heals over time (a short enough time that it still qualifies for this trope) and can only be consumed out of battle. Still, it often leaves one wondering just exactly why that Klingon had an Ice Cream Sundae in the middle of battle, or why the Borg even have food at all.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', eating food restores health, while drinking various liquids restores {{mana}}. A few restore both, or grant other effects like temporary stat bonuses or a chance to burp flame in combat. Eating food and drinking liquids takes place over time and requires your character to sit and do nothing but eat and drink, while drinking potions is an instant effect with an animation. Note that healing magic also exists in the game, and classes without mana obviously have no need to drink; thus the need for these items varies depending on your character.
** The ''Burning Crusade'' expansion pack [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] over this, with a NPC (named [[MeaningfulName Griftah]]) selling trinkets that (supposedly) enable the player to "magically" heal wounds via consuming food or drink, "swim in any water", or "return from the dead", among other things. [[PlayedForLaughs For extra hilarity]], he was banished from Shattrath for one patch cycle while the authorities investigated him for fraud.
** Similar to the ''Bioshock'' example above, drinking too much alcohol in too short a time gets you drunk. How quick you get drunk depends on the level of alcohol in the drink. After getting drunk, your screen becomes blurry, your character wobbles and walks in the wrong direction, and everything you type into the chat log sounds like slurred speech... from a drunk. And don't even try to ''fly'' while drunk...
** Get too drunk and mobs look to be a few levels lower than they actually are, what's the tuff guy? That 30 foot giant wants to pick a fight and you're the same level? Sure go for it.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' while being a normal fantasy MMO with the use of potions for healing does also have a good deal of food in it too. Below, say, level 40 meat is a more economical way to regain health than the cheapest potions if you can manage carrying the weight and while not being particularly useful you can still eat apples, bananas, or carrots (including juice if you've got the bottles for them) to fill your HP bar and oranges fill your MP. There is no limit to how much you can eat.
* ''{{Flyff}}'' does this too. Food you buy from the NPC can be used every 2 seconds, food that drops and isn't sold once per second, and it indeed heals you. This means you can eat 30 hot dogs or candies, or 60 glasses of orange juice or icecream cakes (or [[TestosteronePoisoning meat salads]], although they no longer drop as of v18) a minute. Pills can be used every ten seconds. [[UpToEleven And don't even get me started on Remantis Lacotte a food which fully heals your HP and has no cooldown. Whatsoever.]] Balance shmalance!
* In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', healing is usually reserved for potions and healing magic, while food gives buffs to [[SprintMeter stamina]], [[HitPoints health]] and/or [[{{Mana}} magicka]]. The buff, however, is active immediately (there's an animation for eating, but it doesn't have to finish and can even be done in the middle of battle) and can be done as fast as you can. The only time when your character will actually get sick is [[CutsceneIncompetence during quests]].
* Food and booze always heal you in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'', no matter what kind of food you ate. The amount of hit points restored this way is tiny compared to the losses from most wounds though, so more ridiculous uses of this trope only arise when someone is trying to ''make'' it ridiculous.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonsWake'' the player character is a young dragon that eats the bodies of his enemies to heal his wounds - even in the middle of combat.
* Conker in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has health in the form of pieces of chocolate. Minor injuries make him lose one piece, major ones make him lose them all. By the time he's invited to a creepy vampire's mansion to have dinner, he gratefully accepts, glad to eat something besides large pieces of floating, antigravity chocolate.
* In ''VideoGame/CoolSpot'', the spot keeps itself healthy by drinking 7-Up. [[LetsMeetTheMeat Which seems strange if you think about it too long.]]
* The early DOS ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' games had cola as a health item, along with a turkey leg. Shooting it would upgrade it to a full turkey. ''Duke Nukem 2'' had an interesting spin, as one health powerup was a live chicken that moved fairly quickly. If you were quick enough to shoot it with your laser, it would roast the bird, and the resulting meal would give you double the health the regular chicken did. %% Please refer to the FPS section for the newer games in the series.
* ''VideoGame/DynamiteHeaddy'' does this with bananas. "Yum yum!"
* In the SNES platformer ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden'', food didn't just heal you, it literally [[HollywoodEvolution allowed you to evolve into new forms]].
* In the beginning, ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' had Pep Brew (partial healing) and Maxim Tomatoes (full healing). Later games have various food items that give back varying amounts of health. And gods help you if he eats [[InvincibilityPowerUp Hyper Candy]]!
** When meat appears, it's the most potent healing item below the Maxim Tomato.
** "Delicious" became a minor meme on Something Awful LetsPlay runs of Kirby games whenever Kirby would down a healing item.
** Arguably in a series where the main character [[ExtremeOmnivore considers everything food]], it makes sense that "actual" food items would have this sort of effect.
* Although the game ''VideoGame/{{N}}'' does not have food, it does explain the ninja as having a hyperactive metabolism, thus explaining the [[TimedMission 90 second time limit]] on all levels. This metabolism is handled a different way, however: collecting gold grants 2 extra seconds to the time limit apiece, explained as a rush of joy which contributes to well being.
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', a drink of water can cure you of various slash and stab wounds.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', you can use Pyrokinesis to roast squirrels, which will heal slightly when eaten.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' Super Mushrooms makes Mario become twice as tall (or restores him to normal size) and Fire Flowers let him throw fireballs. In the [=RPG=]s, this is played even more straight though, with mushrooms and other various food items certain chefs can cook healing various amounts of damage, and odd items such as a golden leaf still healing a minute amount of damage.
* ''VideoGame/TheLionKing'': Simba eats beetles, in a nice nod to Timon and Pumbaa's diet in the movie. [[PoisonMushroom Some are deadly]], though.
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings'' has tomatoes, carrots and various meats as healing items. Each of them heals 1 hit point, except for the giant meat slice, which heals 2.
* ''[[VideoGame/ToeJamAndEarl ToeJam & Earl]]'' has a wide variety of food items that heal you to varying degrees, generally corresponding to the tastiness or richness of the food (e.g. a hot fudge sundae will heal you more than a bowl of cereal). It also features PoisonMushroom-type items which take the form of rotten foods, or a few stereotypically unpleasant "healthy" foods, like cabbage.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series. Garlic is apparently the heal all substance for Wario, even when your source of garlic is roughly equivalent to 'beat up enemy by shaking them to make them drop a three foot by three foot clove of garlic that heals instantly'.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}'' has '''"[[MostWonderfulSound BUUUUUUUUUUUUG JUUUUUUUUUUUUICE]]!!!"''' An energy drink that instantly refills all of Bug's hitpoints as soon as he collects one.
* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' had fish for this purpose, [[StockAnimalDiet rather naturally]].
* In ''VideoGame/JackieChansActionKungFu'', Jackie could gain life points by eating "Energy Bowls."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bravoman}}'', sushi, ramen and onigiri restore the life gauge.
* Beer serves as the health pickup in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures'' and [[VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdIIAssimilation its sequel]], and your life gauge is measured in beer bottles.
* In the ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' series, health is normally restored point by point by collecting atom-looking things; in the second game, however, there is a "chip butty" item (a real British sandwich of steak fries and mayo on white bread) that takes your health to 200%.
* In ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', slices of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood pizza]] restore some of a turtle's health, and whole pizzas provides full recovery.

* Averted in ''VideoGame/NetHack'', where food merely keeps the character from getting dizzy and weak and eventually starving to death, and healing is accomplished only through time or magic. Also, there is a strong possibility of food being spoiled or tainted, especially if it's been lying around for a while. Not only that, but your character can choke to death if he eats too much. ''Nethack'' is not a game for the faint of heart.
** But not ''completely'' averted: the ring of regeneration grants you this ability, as it heals you at an alarming rate, but causes you to burn through your rations at an equally alarming rate.
** It's also possible to die of heartburn by eating an acidic corpse when your hit points are low. On the other hand, eating a carrot while blind can restore your vision, and a sprig of wolfsbane cures lycanthropism. Certain other foodstuffs can raise your strength or intelligence.
* ''{{Mayflight}}'', like ''VideoGame/{{N}}'' above, does it with something other than food - In its case, 'Sparks,' which extend your natural life from ten seconds by between 2 and 0.5 seconds each.
* All food, when consumed, will heal 1 HP a turn when consumed in ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'' and different foods take different lengths of time to "digest", unless you are a Vampire (in which you gain the ability to eat enemy corpses for health) or a Vegan (in which you are penalized for eating meat, eggs and dairy).

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* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' also uses food as healing items. One interesting change is that the food here ''does'' spoil, and cleverly the rotten food can be used to damage or poison baddies. Averted in ''Origins'', where the only healing items are potions, bandages, and magical artifacts.
* All ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' entries had food as healing items. Starting with Zoktai (''Boktai 2''), all food items had a freshness meter that wears down over time. At least in the early going, fruits and meat had a strong effect but ran the risk of growing stale (which could still be consumed, but had a much weaker effect AND made you sick [[InterfaceScrew messing up the screen whenever you moved]]), whereas potions had a lesser effect but never went bad.
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Lunar Knights]]'' expounded on this further by allowing you to "process" items based on the local weather. Carrying meat around on a hot, low-humidity day caused it to dry out, for example, which not only made it more effective but also prevented it from going bad in this new state. Likewise, soda could freeze into popsicles when the temperature went sub-zero. Chocolate also melts when enough time passes, and as it does so, it combines with whatever item you have in the inventory slot below it: most items only end up producing chocolate-covered versions of the original item which would never go bad (though all chocolate sealed items had the same appearance so you would have to remember what item was in what chocolate blob), but some of them become a lot more effective this way, such as fruit and milk (the latter turning into milk chocolate).
* Creator/SquareEnix's iPhone RPG ''VideoGame/ChaosRings'' used various types of Chocolate as healing items, which makes some sense. Chocolate heals a little, while Gateau Chocolate healed a lot, which makes less sense.
* While ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' doesn't have food items that restore health, eating a meal in Guardia Castle will allow you to fully restore your HP, MP or both. Drinking "special water" in 65 Million BC does the same.
** Also contains an inversion, to emphasize what a CrapsackWorld the AfterTheEnd time period is like, you are always given the message: "But you're still hungry..." after being healed by the machines.
** The above gets a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.
* Averted in the Nintendo DS RPG ''VideoGame/{{Contact}}''. Eating food heals wounds somehow, but there's also a meter that tells how full your character's stomach is--eat too much too quickly and you won't have room for anything else for a while. This even roughly corresponds to the type of food you've eaten; a whole roast chicken will take a lot longer to digest than a cup of coffee. Moreover, certain foods will give status bonuses while they're still being digested: meats will give strength and stamina bonuses, fish will give intelligence bonuses, and soda gives you a speed bonus.
* ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'' has foods to eat, some which can heal, others might temporarily increase your stats or other things. You can eat only limited amount of them in a certain period of time, though, since the character will complain that s/he's full if you eat too much.
* Food is the sole variety of healing item in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''. The more expensive foods heal better, and you can buy condiments that increase their effects--if the combination is bad, such as hamburgers and sugar, it doesn't heal much; if it's good, such as fries and ketchup, it is very effective.
** While healing foods already existed in [[RolePlayingGame RPGs]], they were usually treated as more of a [[VideoGame/DragonSlayerIIXanadu depleting resource]], as inherited from [[WesternRPG Wester RPGs]], or [[VideoGame/GloryOfHeracles only healed a small amount]]. Due to its strong focus on their use, the first ''Mother'' is theorized to be the TropeCodifier for food as standard healing items, at least for the genre. Other [[EasternRPG Eastern RPGs]] were [[RPGsEqualCombat streamlining out]] several resource management parts, and and so edibles found their niche.
** And while we're on the topic, Ness and friends are perfectly fine with eating food they find in garbage cans.
** The trope is also partially subverted with Poo, who heals drastically less HP when eating "western" foods, compared to Ness, Paula and Jeff, which is explained as him not being used to the taste. Poo doesn't get a bonus when eating "eastern" foods, though. He's also the only character that can make any real use from bottles of water (which restore PP. Ness and Paula only recover 6 from the bottles, and Jeff has no PP to restore.)
** To top it all off, cups of noodles bring you back from the dead, or at least from being a ghost. (However, regular cups of noodles exist too.)
** ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' also deserves mention. If you keep a bottle of fresh milk in your inventory for a while, it becomes rotten and heals an insignificant amount of health. If you keep it around even longer, though, it turns into yogurt, one of the best early healing items. Additionally one of this game's status ailments is nausea, which prevents the afflicted character from healing with food items because they don't feel like eating.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Played straight throughout the series, where it is possible to gulp down hundreds of pounds of food/alchemical ingredients and gallons worth of drinks/potions with no ill effect (unless the item you are eating is ''designed'' to have an ill effect, as certain items like some fungi are meant to be brewed into ''poisons'' instead). This is actually beneficial for LevelGrinding your [[AlchemyIsMagic Alchemy]] skill, with the in-universe justification that sampling the ingredients increases your knowledge of their effects once brewed into a potion. In addition to actual food and beverages, the series, at various points, allows you to eat [[ExtremeOmnivore precious gemstones, metal ores, chunks of scrap metal]], raw OrganDrops, and otherworldly substances such as [[CoveredInGunge Ectoplasm]], [[NoBodyLeftBehind vampire dust]], and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Daedric]] body parts. Yum!
** If you abuse the Fortify Intelligence Alchemy trick in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', then make a potion that recovers health, it is possible to make a potion that recovers more health that you have as a maximum for a ridiculously long period of time. Until it wears off, you'll be able to survive anything that doesn't instantly kill you in one hit and still have full health.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' this trope is played straight as all now food restores health. This is especially true at the beginning of the game as food is easily obtainable for free, while the player likely hasn't accumulated enough stuff to make the food's poor weight to healing ratio a [[CriticalEncumbranceFailure problem]]. Because food is eaten instantaneously from the menu screen, many players will do things such as ingesting 30 entire wheels of cheese in the heat of battle.
* In ''VideoGame/FableII'', food items heal and higher quality foods drop experience, and were generally cheaper than potions, but also affected the hero's look and status. Meats were cheaper and had better benefits but caused the hero to get fat and corrupt, whereas assorted fruits, veggies, and tofu were generally more expensive but kept the hero thin and pure.
** In ''VideoGame/FableI'', a player would think nothing of [[http://www.dansdata.com/fable.htm eating a hundred carrots in the middle of a battle]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' you get to be fully healed when you consume an omelet in Rose's Bed and Breakfast. Of course, it's not an ordinary omelet - it's made of [[spoiler: Deathclaw eggs]].
** Also available, if only peripherally related, was the chance to poison yourself by attempting to break the record for most "Brahmin fries" consumed. The scene is rather funny, but [[FridgeLogic one would expect a survivor in a post-nuclear wasteland to not be picky about his protein sources]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' this is played straight. Drinking water and eating food restores your health, even if said food is 200 years old. You do have to worry about the food and water being radioactive, though that is rarely a serious concern anyway since there are lots of anti-radiation meds and doctors that can heal radiation. However, food and drink provide quite a small amount of health, providing from 5 to 20 points in a game where it is not uncommon to have a total of about 300 hit points, meaning you require a full meal to heal moderately. It's much better to use stimpacks for healing, especially as they have no weight, as opposed to food items.
*** Previous ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games humorously point out that the pre-war food you find is suspiciously well preserved. Presumably it is practically indestructible, being absolutely jammed full of preservatives and then presumably irradiated.
*** Nuka-Cola heals twice as much when it's Ice-Cold.
** You can actually get a perk called Fast Metabolism, it halves your poison and RAD resistance stats, but you get twice the health boost from food and medicine.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' plays with this trope; food becomes a lot more useful than in ''Fallout 3'' as it heals you over time rather than instantly and the effects can be stacked with a wide variety of food you'll find in the Mojave (and even cook if your Survival skill is high enough!). And since stimpaks have become rarer and more expensive, Food will be your main source of health for a good portion of the game. Also In Hardcore Mode, you need to regularly eat, drink and sleep to stay alive and averts TraumaInn completely unless its an owned bed.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', food is more useful in the early game when you have low maximum health, as stimpaks now heal a percentage of total health instead of a fixed amount (this percentage can be increased through perks), not to mention that stimpaks are somewhat more rare than before. You still have to worry about radiation in the food though, which is even more of a concern now that radiation damage directly decreases max health instead of being tracked separately (fortunately, perks can reduce or eliminate radiation from food and water), and [=RadAways=] are somewhat rarer as well.
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', food doesn't just give you hit points, it gives you experience points (to increase your HP level; attack power is leveled up through different methods). Food items do take various lengths of time to digest, but these lengths can be measured in seconds.
* Medicine is used to heal in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'', but refilling MP requires spring water. Water: It will make your mitochondria heal faster!
** Don't forget your delicious [[ProductPlacement Coca-Cola]]. And for some reason, a bag of artificial blood solution is a full restore of both attributes.
* Food serves as weak healing items in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona4}} 4]]''. It's rarely worth using in comparison to medicine-type items, and in Persona 3, many food items also have additional adverse effects. Persona 4 does have one [[GuideDangIt easily missed]] yet useful food item, and the food items that your team members give you throughout dungeons are often more effective.
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'':
*** There are bars in Tokyo where you can eat some [[IAteWhat rather questionable foodstuffs]] that provide a full party heal.
*** Averted with the demon meat items like the Expanse Meat, which restore marginal amounts of HP; instead, you're better off selling them, as they make excellent VendorTrash.
* In ''Videogame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and beyond, there are various berries with various healing effects (restoring HP, curing paralysis, curing a burn, etc.) They can be used immediately on your Pokémon, or held by them for when they're needed (using a held item in battle does not use up a turn). ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Ruby/Sapphire]]'' and beyond adds Berry farming as a mechanic, letting a Trainer with a green thumb save money on healing items by going organic.
** The games also have Vending Machines in various places, which sell Fresh Water, Soda Pop and Lemonade ("Delicious Water", "Psycho Soda" and "Mix au Lait" in Japanese, respectively). Other [=NPCs=] sell Moomoo Milk, either by the bottle or by the dozen. All of these restore a Pokémon's HP, and indeed are more cost-effective at healing than the various {{Healing Potion}}s sold at every Pokémart: bottled water heals 50 HP and costs 200 Pokédollars, as compared to the basic Potion that only heals 20 HP and costs 300 Pokédollars.
** There also exist a number of food items (Lava Cookie, Casteliacones, etc.) that cure a Pokemon of most StandardStatusEffects. Like the above, they're often more cost-effective than the Full Heals in Pokemarts, though they're usually only sold in one place or during certain times.
* In the amateur game ''SensibleErectionRPG'' the end boss points to the existence of this trope in their world ("How could hamburgers cure gaping shotgun wounds?!") as evidence that they live in a computer game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Soulbringer}}'', food items (specifically: apples, bread, fish, chicken, and ham) are the earliest healing items. Herbs and mushrooms can occasionally do the same thing, but most often they have other benefits (and if you're not careful, certain types can have debilitating effects). Sadly, potions soon become more cost and weight-effective. It's oddly entertaining to stop a fight to scarf down a whole baked chicken for a instant health boost.
** The game also has alcohol... but the protagonist can't hold his liquor well. After one bottle of wine, your movement becomes wonky. After two bottles of wine or a few mugs of ale (which restore health... two points apiece), you get heartily sick and vomit (losing health).
* ''Franchise/StarOcean'' uses food for mostly healing, medicine also makes its way into the game as healing items but they are more like to be antidotes and cures.
* Averted and played straight in later ''VideoGame/{{Tales|Series}}'' games. Cooking food heals a portion of HP and TP depending on the dish and the skill of the cook, but this can only be done outside of battle, and once you've cooked, you can't do it again until you've been through a fight or slept ("Come on, we just ate!").
* Aversion: ''VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld'' (and its sequel) track hitpoints and hunger separately. While food does not provide any healing, if you begin to starve (several game-days without food) you will lose hitpoints.
* Witchers in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'' are explicitly noted as having an odd metabolism.
** This also goes beyond food to explore point 4 a bit - Witcher's potions (which use [[GargleBlaster fuckoff-strength alcohol]] as a base and go from there) are noted to be lethal to normal people, and even the player can overdose if they drink too many at once.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' featured an interesting aversion. Food can be consumed to increase the stats of Neku and his partners. When eaten, food gives an immediate boost to the "sync rate", a variable stat that helps in in-battle combos. Food is then digested in "bytes", which are digested at a rate of one per round of combat. Upon fully digesting the food, it gives a permanent stat bonus (or another sync bonus.) The catch? Until buying a special item available only after beating the game, the game keeps track of the bytes you've digested. You can only digest 24 bytes in one real-time day, and after that point the character is too full to eat anything that required more than 6 bytes (most high-end HP/BRV and all ATK/DEF/[[RandomlyDrops Drop Rate]] chow).
* In ''VideoGame/MonkeyHero'', slices of peach pie restore 8 peaches of health. Mushrooms fully restore your health and can double as an AutoRevive.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dubloon}}'' uses various meats as healing items that can be eaten even in the heat of battle to instantly restore health, even if it's a huge turkey leg.
* A ''very'' old example of this is the UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' game ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTarmin''. Regaining health required using a rest button which took several units of time and one unit of food, in the form of flour sacks scattered through the dungeon.
* In the ''VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy'' series, restoratives and buffing items are all food. Coffee can ''bring people back from the dead''. Characters will occasionally make remarks when you feed them, such as Natz worrying that she'll gain weight.
* Several of the healing items in the ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series are energy drinks, which actually boost metabolism. A ShowWithinAShow infomercial in [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory the third game]] has Neptune mention one of the high-end ones is so powerful it'll [[RealityEnsues give you the runs and might be addicting]], only to be shoved off stage while Nepgear [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial awkward insists there's no side effects at all.]]
* In all ''[[Videogame/SuperMarioRPG Mario]]'' [[Videogame/PaperMario RPG]] [[Videogame/MarioAndLuigi games]], food and drink restore health while other types restore FP. Mushrooms are the common item types to use to recover HP while syrups are the go to for FP restoration. You can even dip mushrooms in syrups to combine their effects! [[FridgeBrilliance Presumably, the restoring factors in items are proteins for HP and sugars for FP]].
* The first ''[[Videogame/PhantasyStarI Phantasy Star]]'' game uses cola and hamburger as the healing items. This probably didn't work, since every game after that one changed healing items to some sort of sci-fi themed medicine.
* In all three installments of ''VideoGame/QuestOfYipe'', various food items restore your HitPoints.
* ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' has cookies, floral medicines, and clover. The various kinds of Cookies each heal one character a set amount of HP, the different Floral medicines each heal a set percentage of one character's maximum HP, and the different Clovers each heal a set amount of all characters' HP.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series generally averts this, with healing coming from magic, potions, or sleep. However, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has an amusing instance: on the [[AfterlifeExpress Phantom Train]], Sabin and Cyan eventually reach the dining car, complete with a ghost waiter. Cyan is wary of what food might be served on a train carrying the dead, but Sabin gobbles it up and receives the wonderful message "HP/MP restored! Status effects removed!". There's no charge for the food, so they can eat as many meals as they like with no apparent ill effects.
* ''VideoGame/SanctuaryRPG'', eating bread fully heals the player for some reason.
* In ''VideoGame/TheFallLastDaysOfGaia'', eating various foods will heal characters a bit, though not as much as proper medicaments. Interestingly, water is far more efficient at healing and can directly compete with some medicaments.
* In ''VideoGame/ABlurredLine'', food snacks like a Bag of Chips,a Cold Sandwhich or Fresh Pita act as healing items, while Bottled Water and Cheap Wine restores SP. They're so effective at it that when dedicated healing items appear late in the game, they end up practically unneeded.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dex}}, Food and the E-Drinks will heal Dex a little when consumed.
* In the Macintosh RPG ''VideoGame/TaskMaker'', general foods such as Rations, Sack Lunch, or Picnic Basket will only replenish the Food meter, but other foods such as Spinach or a DagwoodSandwich will also restore Health and other stats. Conversely, some areas will have Spoiled Apples which will make the player more hungry. Similarly in ''VideoGame/TheTombOfTheTaskMaker'', generic foods only restore the Food meter, while chocolate bars have minor healing properties and "Bucky's Famous Beef Stew" will replenish all stats; conversely, moldy bread will make the player more hungry. Also, the game has various coffee drinks available which also have minor healing properties, and will replenish the rarely-used Thirst meter.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' uses a variety of foods (ice cream, burgers, donuts, pies, etc.) that restores your HP and can be either bought in shops or found in the field. Certain foods can make certain boss battles ''much'' easier if you use them in those fights.
** {{Justified|Trope}}, since In-Universe monster food is made of magic, which instantly dissolves and heals whoever eats it. The items which make fights easier are typically linked with the boss through its creation; for example, the spider boss is beaten if you hang onto the item made by spiders.
** There is an NPC in the first town who remarks how curious he is about human food and how it differs from monster food; how it spoils, it can't be ingested instantaneously, it takes time to digest and requires a trip to the bathroom afterward. That said, he's interested to try some.
* ''VideoGame/FarawayStory'' allows consumption of food and potions to instantly recover health, but doing so requires Cost Points to prevent this feature from being spammed.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Kolibri}}'', Kolibri regains health by sipping nectar from blossoms. This is justified as RealLife hummingbirds are famous for having a very high rate of metabolism.

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* Also averted in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory: A Fantasy VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' - food effectiveness ranges from near-nothing to some HP/RP regeneration, awkward stat changes (Cheesecake boosts your intelligence!) and elemental attacks and resistance...but eating a slice of Toast will make you too full to eat anything else for half an hour. (This is dependent on the type of food, of course - a whole Seafood Pizza pushes the limit to three and a half hours.) More modern ''Rune Factory'' games avert this, with the best dishes healing you for ''thousands'' of hit points.
** Ordinary ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games use food to "heal" you as well. However, since your [[CallAHitPointASmeerp "HP" is actually fatigue and stamina]], it makes a bit more sense that food "heals" you.
* ''VideoGame/SimAnt'' abstracts food-energy and health into a single meter that runs down over time, runs down faster when you're fighting, and replenishes when you eat those little green balls that make up the food in the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolf}}'' actually averts this. While you need a full belly in order to heal ([[WizardNeedsFoodBadly and to avoid starving to death]]), eating itself doesn't actually heal you; it simply provides the energy for your wounds to heal over time, and being hungry or thirsty stops that healing process. A rabbit does not solve your limp, even assuming you can limp fast enough to catch said rabbit.

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* ''[[VideoGame/BackyardSports Backyard Basketball]]'' has 110% Juice.

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* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games had you recover health by eating rations up to ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2 MGS 2]]''. In ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater MGS 3]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps MGS:Portable Ops]]'' more conventional first aid is used to recover health. Rations and other food is used in an arguable more realistic fashion as a means to recover stamina. Food that is kept too long will go bad. Spoiled or poisonous food will make you sick and deplete your stamina. This can be avoided using long lasting food such as rations, or keeping captured animals alive in cages so their meat doesn't spoil.
** The sequels play with the trope a fair bit: the second game establishes that rations taste fairly terrible, and in ''MGS 3'' rations restore very little stamina in contrast to 'real' foods like instant noodles.
** ''MGS 3'' plays with this trope quite a bit in that Snake can recharge the batteries on his equipment by eating glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. It's possible to radio your support team about this interesting development, but they all think you're just crazy.
** ''MGS 3'' also includes a "taste" mechanic - the more Snake eats a particular food, the more health and stamina it restores, suggesting he starts enjoying it better. For example, when he first tries scorpions, he hates them and they make his stomach hurt. The more he eats them, the more his negative voice lines change to positive ones and the more stamina they restore.
** ''MGS 4'' takes this to a ridiculous extreme; instant noodles heal all of Snake's health... uh, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin instantly]], and rations do the same but can also be equipped to restore your health if it's reduced to zero. Old Snake can eat, digest, and heal to perfect health from a ration pack ''in the time it takes him to die from being shot''.

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* Averted in ''VideoGame/ProjectZomboid'': while eating will increase healing rate, only time and rest will increase your health.
* Eating food in the first three ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' games is the central, if not only, way to regain lost health - except that "food" in this case usually translated to "flasks of liquid courage". The [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark2 second]] and [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark3 third]] games were so loose with the liquor from enemy drops and static pickups that protagonist Edward Carnby must go from simple BadassNormal to DrunkenMaster.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures'', the chief source of health is crickets.
* While the ground-up herbs in ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' may have been used as a poultice, there's no mistaking what's being done to heal yourself with the uncooked eggs or uncooked fish in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4.''
** And even less mistaking in ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 RE 5]]'', where animations have been added for various item usage - when you eat an egg, your character cracks it on their right hip and casually gulps it down. Herbs appear to be ground up and put in a spraying devices to be sprayed over the body like first-aid sprays.
** Rare rotten eggs appear in ''[=RE5=]'', if you eat them don't expect it to help matters.
* In ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' the healing items manifest in the form of various sweets and pies.

[[folder:Third-Person Shooter]]
* In the third person shooter ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' the only method of health restoration is drinking whiskey which you keep in a side flask that holds a few gulps (each gulp restores you to full). It becomes particularly absurd in hard places where refills are scattered around (or in at least one case where they respawn) and you are left wondering not only how he can still shoot straight, but how come he doesn't have to pee. It is made even better by the comments the enemies make about how you can't hold your liquor.
* The primary healing item in ''VideoGame/{{Rune}}'' is food: Apples, huge legs of meat (up to a couple feet long!), tankards of mead, even live lizards. Ragnar eats them quite enthusiastically too, bolting down all of it seemingly in a single mouthful and tossing whatever's left to the ground (especially biting the heads off lizards Ozzy-style).
** Don't even talk about that if you manage to lose an arm, eat a leg of meat, and it grows back instantly!

[[folder:Turn-Based Tactics]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}'', among its healing items, has the "food" item, which restores 20 HP.
* The vast majority of the healing items in the ''Disgaea'' series are food, usually sweets of some sort. Among them, there are some oddities like ''barbecue sauce'' as a MP restorative.

[[folder:Wide-Open Sandbox]]
* In the first two ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' games, you can instantly restore your health in single player by eating fast food in the middle of combat. In multiplayer, you ''can'' eat food to restore your health, but the healing doesn't happen until you've spent some time in cover without receiving damage.
* The primary healing item in ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' is food as well, and it has some realistic properties. Cooked meat heals more than raw meat, and raw meat will spoil if carried too long, for example. Infinity mode (which you unlock after beating the game) makes eating the very object of the game, as starvation will slowly sap your health points. Also, food has some unrealistic properties. One example is mixing orange juice with coffee creamer in a blender will give you a speed boost for some reason.
* ''Franchise/GrandTheftAuto'':
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': CJ can heal by eating meals at fast-food restaurants or by purchasing snacks. Eating [[BigEater more than needed]] at once doesn't add more health but does eventually make CJ puke. Eating too often eventually makes CJ fat, causing him to walk slower. Exercising will also make him lose body fat and increase muscle.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'': Niko can also regain health by eating food, but he does not gain fat.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'': Players buy sodas and candy at convenience stores to eat later in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', opening your fridge and staring at all the food in it restores all your health. You can also break open purple boxes and eat the pixelated pizza inside them to restore your health. Your bladder is not bottomless, however - you save your game by going to the bathroom. Of course, the fridge is actually useless, as it can only be used during the free roaming part of the game, a time when Travis cannot be hurt anyways.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', while Alex does have a HealingFactor, he gains health back ''much'' faster by [[ImAHumanitarian eating people]] and his HealingFactor can only heal him up to half of his max health. More powerful victims like Hunters and Leader Hunters restore a huge chunk of his life bar when eaten. A rare example where it makes perfect sense, as Alex's anatomy is nothing like a human's and most likely can directly replace the missing/damaged parts with the absorbed biomass.
* Although Tony Montana in ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' doesn't get to consume food as a means of restoring health, he can pay to use a "blood bank" and instantly regain health by just having a blood transfusion. He can also urinate at dumpsters to regain a bit of health.
* Prior to beta 1.8, ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' treated all food items this way. It has since been replaced with RegeneratingHealth fueled by a full stomach, which as of version 1.9 happens quickly enough to qualify.
* Anything living in ''VideoGame/JawsUnleashed'' can be consumed for health.
* Medkits in ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' are rare, so you'll have to rely on the energy drinks, candy bars, and fruit scattered all over the island for health. Energy drinks in particular are extremely common; it's a wonder how the player character can down eight cans in a row without suffering from a heart attack.
* In ''DragonQuestBuilders'' uses a similar system as ''Minecraft'', using a hunger bar which grants RegeneratingHealth with a full stomach. Some foods, however, can also be used to instantly restore HP.

[[folder:Horror Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheComaCuttingClass'', health is restored through consuming burgers, chocolate bars, and various beverages (including [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee]]). Most of these must be bought from vending machines, but there are several full bottles of water inexplicably scattered around the school.

!!Non-video game examples:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Parodied in the anime film ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''. Lupin III is severely wounded and seemingly comatose, when he suddenly awakens and demands large amounts of food to restore his strength. In the middle of gorging himself on a veritable feast, he suddenly [[GreenAroundTheGills turns green]], stops eating, and whispers that he'll sleep now. Played straight in that he does indeed soon have his strength back.
* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan''. After a long, hard battle, he starts [[BigEater binge eating]]. One can assume that he has an extremely hyperactive metabolism when, even after eating a gigantic pile of food the size of a room, he is seen remaining rail thin. Explained as he's a parasite-type innocence user, technically, he's eating for two, Krory's also been alluded to having this appetite when he's not [[OurVampiresAreDifferent snacking on Akuma blood.]]
* While perhaps not demonstrating healing capabilities, in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' series, Goku is repeatedly shown to have a bottomless stomach that allows him to consume a positively ridiculous amount of food. In addition, this food completely replenishes his health while not slowing him down in the slightest. In fact, that energy gained by Goku from eating more than his weight in food tends to make the difference between winning and losing a fight.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** [[BigEater Luffy]] seems to operate on this system, adhering to all four points: not only is he seemingly capable of eating nearly anything he finds with no apparent ill effects, he has a preference for meat of any kind, which seems to recover more health and energy. At one point he eats a couple of chicken legs after being wounded, and it is pointed out that he's doing this in order to recover from some of the damage in a pinch. Also, he can eat to the point of becoming a giant ball (being made of rubber may help that part) and digest everything in seconds, returning to his slim appearance.
** Also, Brooke can heal rather quickly by drinking milk. Granted, he is a skeleton, and only needs calcium to heal, but he still heals way too fast.[[note]]Interestingly, the fridge logic of him drinking anything at all is somewhat averted, as his powers not only include coming back from the dead (once), but also the ability to eat, drink, see, think, and, yes, poop without any organs.[[/note]]
** There's also a technique for this trope. It's called Life Return, was used by Kumadori after eating all the food in the fridge in which he was locked. After using the technique he became slim, and then acquired his normal appearance.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** While not exactly food to the rest of us, Natsu Dragneel heals completely and gains a burst in strength after eating fire.
** The same goes for Gajeel and Wendy if they eat iron or air respectively (breathing does not count).
* Pretty much the main method of increasing one's strength or recovering from wounds in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is to eat something... or someone. Given that the entire series is based on eating the most delicious food in the world, it's not that out of place.
* Played interestingly in ''Manga/StrikeWitches''. Georgette Lemare of the 502nd is a BigEater because using her healing magic actually does send her metabolism into overdrive.

* Creator/PeteHolmes has a bit where he lampoons this trope. He talks about [[VideoGame/FinalFight Hagar]] going to the doctor because he's feeling bad. He eventually reveals that he picked up an apple off the street and ate it, then admits to also having eaten an entire baked turkey off the ground as well.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the SoBadItsGood fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6415842/1/WOlfenstien-comeback WOlfenstien Comeback]]'', the titular [[IAmNotShazam "Wolfenstein"]] demonstrates this trope in the first chapter, with the added bonus that rather than actually putting the food in his mouth, he absorbs it by touching it in true video game fashion.
--> Back in the froom that Wolfenstein was currently in at that time he jumped on a nearby table and the food osmosised into his body and instantly heeld him because that is how he eats.

* Engineereds in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}'' eat quite a bit more than a normal human, particularly if they're regenerating severe wounds.
* Various monster novels have brought this up on an actual biological basis: the energy from the food fuels the monster's (often a werewolf) enhanced metabolism. The down side is that if they don't eat lots of food often, they begin to starve quickly.
* Justified in the ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}}'' series with ambrosia and nectar, the food and drink of the gods that is used for healing severely injured demigods. If a demigod consumes too much (or a mortal has any amount whatsoever), the power is too great and will incinerate them from the inside-out.
* In ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'', casting magic consumes body energy/stamina, so a mage who just cast an energy-intensive spell will probably be pretty hungry. On the other hand, unless the energy is replenished from either another being or a gem that was previously filled with energy, it requires rest to regain.
* The Creator/PiersAnthony ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' novel ''Crewel Lie'' features Jordan the Barbarian, whose magic talent is a HealingFactor that requires large amounts of food to work. [[spoiler: To the extent that when the scattered bits of his skeletonized corpse are brought together at the end of the book, he has to have bread crammed into him to regenerate.]]
* In the ''Literature/CrystalSinger'' series, Crystal Singers are infected with a viral symbiote that gives them HealingFactor, effective immunity to disease, [[SuperSenses enhanced senses]], [[TheAgeless prolonged lifespan]], and a greatly increased appetite to fuel it all.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheTroop''. Infected eat like crazy, and still end up starving to death.
* Downplayed in the ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe. Humanity has long become TransHuman with [[HealingFactor heavily augmented healing]], allowing them to heal from anything as small as a papercut to [[LosingYourHead complete body loss]], should they have enough biomass. If the body doesn't have enough fat and such from food to work from, it'll start cannibalizing lower-priority muscles and bones; characters who have lost arms are noted to be several inches shorter after the arm is regrown. In ''Eater of Bone'', the protagonist's healing is stunted due to malnutrition, but goes into overdrive when given a supply of salts and metals [[MetalPoorPlanet rare in the planet's environment]].
* In Dean Koontz's ''Literature/MrMurder'', Alfy has abnormally fast reflexes, extended endurance, and can heal from injuries that would kill an ordinary human several times over. All of this is fueled by a terrifyingly voracious appetite.
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', there's a long-time healing spell that allows to recover from nearly dying but it has some side effects. Veres uses it to heal himself but spends most of the book being [[BigEater chronically hungry]] and eating anything he can get his hands on, even if it might be unpalatable, because the food is immediately turned into energy and used to power the healing process.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Played straight in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp". The Doctor is poisoned, and his [[BizarreAlienBiology Time Lord physiology]] enables him to neutralize the poison with a combination of various salts and proteins. Of course it just looks like he's gobbling everything he can find in the kitchen.
* Barry Allen of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has this, due to the fact that his SuperSpeed essentially extends to the cells in his body, greatly increasing the rate at which he metabolizes food. As a result, he NeverGetsDrunk[[note]]Except for the time Caitlin made him an [[GargleBlaster extremely strong alcoholic drink]] and even then, he was only buzzed for a few seconds[[/note]] and is physically required to be a BigEater, as a normal meal would fail to satisfy his nutritional needs.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' contains bioengineered ultra-tech pills that rapidly heal injuries and even radiation damage by accelerating your metabolism for a short time.
* The Western-themed card game ''Bang!'' has a "Beer" card that heals a player after they've been shot.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowhunters}}'', one of the white cars is a chocolate bar, which heals [[TheEveryman Allie]], [[ChurchMilitant Emi]], and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting The Unknown]] to full if they draw it and are revealed (or choose to reveal themselves).
* Trollbloods in the ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' will eat nearly anything, from rocks and oil to humans and other Trollkin. This fuels their extremely rapid regeneration. Some regenerate so quickly that hands and legs that are hacked off will grow into a separate miniature Trollkin.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', the Contract Clause "Gluttonous Feast of Health" allows this. It works especially well if your character has access to particularly hearty, abundant fare, or eats for at least three hours, or better yet both.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Played straight in ''Webcomic/AlienDice''; however, the 'food' was not exactly organic material, and has odd and often medical properties.
* Used in the RPGMechanicsVerse of ''Webcomic/ABeginnersGuideToTheEndOfTheUniverse''. Eating food gives Nutrition points, which can be spent to heal HitPoints or Toxicity (twice as expensive).
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', when Ellen and Nanase are playing ''VideoGame/FableII''. [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2009-12-01 "And we can use pies to keep our HP up!"]] Sure enough, after the fight the character is almost spherical. Celery will fix that, though.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* On the forum game ''Apocalypse Metropolis,'' all players only have four slots of health, which meant getting shot was equal to getting punched. To heal these wounds, eating food restored a slot, even if it was a sandwich or soda. Actual healing items would often do more than one slot at least. On a similar note, splitting up food (like drinking half of a soda so someone else can have a half) decreased the chances of healing.
* The goofy, game-centric humorists of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' explore this trope in an episode of their ''WebVideo/{{Immersion}}'' miniseries [[http://ah.redvsblue.com/archive/?id=1846&v=more here.]] HilarityEnsues as we watch Gus and Geoff suffer for [[ComedicSociopathy the amusement of the viewers]] (and the 'scientists' responsible for the idea).
* Discussed in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' articles:
** [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-bullshit-video-game-healing-methods/ 7 Video Game Healing Methods Least Likely to Actually Work]]
** One of [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_586_31-life-lessons-you-can-only-learn-from-video-games/ 31 Life Lessons You Can Only Learn From Video Games]] is that "eating food you find in the trash is good for you."