Some foods bring back warm memories, soothe our feelings, and boost our mood. Although the specific foods vary from person to person, most of us can think of at least a few comfort foods–ice cream, meatloaf, pizza, or chocolate perhaps. What foods come to mind when you think of comfort foods?
Many foods may have a psychological component from past associations with those foods. Eating foods that remind us of happy times, times we were comforted by another and foods we enjoyed with other people can bring back positive memories and feelings. For example, if you were given chicken noodle soup as a child when you were ill, that food may continue to comfort you as an adult.