Thursday, March 31, 2011

Comfort Foods Improve Mood

A recent study has noted that turning to comfort foods can increase mood and decrease loneliness.

The paper, to be published in the journal Psychological Science, reports that when we eat comfort foods, we reconnect with warm feelings and meaningful associations to others. Jordan Troisi, co-author of the study, noted that even just thinking about the comfort food or writing about it increased emotional well being.

No doubt that the kinds of comfort foods will differ in definition from person to person, but healthy or indulgent, eating your favorite can summon a better mood.

Like the picture above, my favorite comfort food would be soup related. Indulgent would be a chocolate croissant and a cuppa. What's your favorite comfort food?


Anonymous said...

Hot Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and fresh string beans...and A traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings...and Oysters on the half shell.

Gee can you tell I am hungry?

Flannery said...

Pork chops, fried potatoes, biscuits, gravy, fried okra, black-eyed peas, corn, ice tea, blackberry cobbler and bluebell french vanilla ice cream.

HP said...

When it's cold...shepherd's pie with creamy mash and a thick cheesy crust...On a smaller scale, a maple and pecan danish and a good cup of Prince of Wales tea.

Rats. Now I want the latter. :)

Dr. Deb said...

OMG, you guys are totally making me hungry!

Xmichra said...

I have quite a selection of comfort food, but find since adopting my diet in january that some of those things have changed.

One bad one that is still up there is Nachos. I wish I could make these healthy and still have them achieve the same mood but when I make them healthy, it just satifies the craving ;)

one good one that I go for is strawberry crush.
4 whole frozen strawberries
Couple of dropper squeezes of liquid Stevia (play with the taste...less is can always add more)
1/2 cup cold water (the colder the better)

To make:
Put strawberries, stevia & about half of the water in a food processor or blender until strawberries are completely pureed. If you need to add the rest of the water, you can, to make a lighter, smoother consistency. If you prefer a tangy taste, you can add a tablespoon of lemon juice.

This entire process, from start to finish, takes less than 5 minutes.

reminds me of Itallian Ice, YUM!

~Just me again~ said...

My comfort food when I'm feeling down is nice warm custard. When I'm sick...a box of smarties...mmm.

Angeliki said...

musaka, pasta, any kind of chocolate and triple chocolate cookies. When I feel low I just want to bathe in triple chocolate cookies :-)

Kitty said...

velveeta maccaroni and cheese.

John H said...

Why do you think it is called 'comfort food?'

Dr. Deb said...

I wonder why I'm craving so many different kinds of luscious foods of late? You guys have a great range of comfort food interests. I love them all.

And yes, that's why they're called COMFORT foods!

alan said...

This plays into other aspects of our lives as well. Someone wiser than one would suspect wrote not long ago that most diets fail because they expect you to eat things you aren't used to; you are trying to change those habits and customs acquired over a lifetime.

The gentleman wrote that you are better off to pick those foods you love, those 6 or 8 comfort foods you always "go to" and learn to fix them leaner, with better ingredients, and reduce your portion size; success is much more easily attained if your mind and body don't feel you are being deprived of the things it likes!

I don't know why anyone ever thought Stallone was a fool!


Anonymous said...

It's so hard to pinpoint just one though. Sometimes I'm all about the chocolate and other times it's things like soup or ice cream or even just regular crackers.

bkbsmiles said...

I didn't need a scientist to tell me this. :)