Comfort foods. We have all heard the term, and I am sure just reading it has put a specific food in your mind. I personally think of mashed potatoes and gravy, must be the Irish in me. But I also think of chocolate, like that found in our Belgian Chocolate Brownies.
The old psychology student in me got curious about our behavior with certain foods and why we find them so comforting. Many people turn to certain foods to positively impact their emotions. They choose foods that either trigger nostalgia or that let them indulge. For some people, comfort food is something that is convenient, while with others it is the actual physical comfort the food provides.
What are specific comfort foods? Well, it really comes down to personal preferences and of course culture plays a big role. A study did reveal some patterns in the United States. The study found that “Males preferred warm, hearty, meal-related comfort foods (such as steak, casseroles, and soup), while females instead preferred comfort foods that were more snack related (such as chocolate and ice cream)” (Wansink, 2003).
Now I want to hear from you. Tell me what your favorite comfort foods are.
How about sending some comfort to others? When you know some one is going through a hard time, send them some comforting Belgian Chocolate Brownies. It can be as simple as sending a Thinking of you gift. We also have With Sympathy gifts for those dealing with a loss, and Get Well gifts for those recovering from illness or surgery. Whichever you choose, your recipient will be grateful for your thoughtfulness and you will be glad you could send a little comfort their way.
Wansink, B; Cheney, M; Chan, N (2003). "Exploring comfort food preferences across age and gender". Physiology & Behavior 79 (4–5): 739–47. doi:10.1016/S0031-9384(03)00203-8. PMID 12954417.