Comfort food is so called because it literally has a mood altering effect on our brain. Which goes a long way to explaining why when we are feeling sad or depressed we often reach for foods such as crisps or chocolate.
However, there are many other forms of modern comfort food which are good for you and which engender feeling of well being to the person eating it.
A brief history
According to Webster’s Dictionary, the term Comfort food first appeared in 1977. It was defined as “food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds you of home, family, or friends”.
Over the last 30 years our desire for comfort foods has increased dramatically. I put this down to the fact that the world has become a more dangerous place and we are more stressed at work.
As a result we crave foods that make us feel safe and good inside. Many us are now cooking the foods grew up to get back to a time when the world seemed safer and more comfortable
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