When you hear the words Comfort Food what do you think? Ice Cream? Mashed Potatoes? Popcorn? Amish Whoopee Pies?
A friend recently told me that foods consumed by a child or pre-teen become that person’s comfort food for life. Really? I got online and started to research. Sure enough, I found studies proving he was correct.
On the other hand, I also read several articles based on studies claiming the consumption of Comfort Foods brings no comfort. During the testing, the “guinea pigs” might experience a fleeting time of comfort from anxiety, but no longer than the subjects who ate food they didn’t crave, or those who ate nothing.
One article claimed Comfort Food is a myth. The conclusion of a double-blind study proved that people give comfort food homage for an elevated mood, which would have occurred without the particular food.
What a surprise when I asked a dear friend if she had a comfort food. She sighed blissfully and said, “Yes, olive oil and vinegar over lettuce.” Huh?
So, I asked a neighbor, who told me she did enjoy desserts, but she didn’t consider them comfort foods.
Now, I’m confused. Is the notion of Comfort Food a myth? Do you have a Comfort Food?
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