The Science Behind Comfort Food

By | December 27, 2022

The Science Behind Comfort Food

Comfort food is the best. It’s that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you eat your favorite meal. And it turns out, there’s a scientific reason for that. Comfort food actually releases dopamine in your brain, which makes you feel good. So what are the best comfort foods to make you feel good? Well, this blog post will discuss some of the most comforting foods out there and how they can make you feel better!

1) Grilled Cheese
The ultimate comfort food, a grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect way to make you feel good. Rich and creamy cheese sandwiched between two slices of buttery toasted bread, who could turn it down? Not only does the flavor hit all the right notes but for many people, memories of childhood come flooding back with each bite. Also, cheese contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps your body produce serotonin. In other words, it’s a natural mood-booster.

2) Macaroni and Cheese
Another classic comfort food, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate in creamy goodness. A combination of melted cheese, noodles, butter, and cream – it’s no wonder why this dish is popular with both kids and adults alike. If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can even have a look at this easy to make American Goulash for a flavor bomb on a cold winter’s day.

3) Soup
A warm bowl of soup is perfect for when you’re feeling down or just need something comforting to eat. Whether it’s chicken noodle, tomato, or vegetable, every spoonful will fill you up with warmth and make you feel good. The vegetables and herbs used to flavor the soup are also packed with antioxidants that can help give your mood a boost

Additionally, making soup yourself is a great way to release some of your creative energies and clear your mind. Making something that you can then enjoy afterwards is an incredibly satisfying feeling

4) Chocolate
The ultimate in comfort foods, chocolate has been scientifically shown to trigger the release of endorphins, hormones that make you feel good. Dark chocolate in particular contains flavonoids – plant compounds with antioxidant properties – which can help reduce stress levels and improve your mood. There’s nothing like a piece (or two!) of dark chocolate to make you feel better.

5) Ice Cream
There’s nothing like a scoop (or two!) of ice cream to make life feel a little bit sweeter. Whether it’s your favorite flavor or something new, the creamy texture and sweet taste is sure to put a smile on your face. Plus, research shows that the act of eating ice cream can induce happiness-inducing hormones like dopamine and serotonin in the brain. So don’t be afraid to indulge every once in a while – you deserve it!

No matter what kind of day you’re having, comfort food is always there to give you a warm hug when you need it most. Whether it’s grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese, soup or dark chocolate, there’s a comforting food out there for everyone. So the next time you’re feeling down, grab your favorite comfort food and enjoy! With its delicious taste and mood-boosting effects, it’s sure to make you feel better in no time.

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One thought on “The Science Behind Comfort Food

  1. Leslie

    All of the above are comfort foods to me!! Some nights we have tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner and a few chocolate kisses for dessert. Comfort plus!!


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