Ever wondered why comfort foods seem so attractive when you’re feeling low? A new study demonstrates that their attraction is based on the diner’s memories of their relationship with the person who first prepared these foods for them. These same foods are what they naturally turned to when they felt sad or low.
This research, conducted by the University at Buffalo found that social factors influenced a person’s choices and eating behavior. One of the researchers asserted that as long as children had positive associations with the person who cooked the comfort food, they would be drawn to the food in times of isolation.
The findings also provided insights into a unique method through which people could feel socially connected by eating comfort foods. It added that as a threatened sense of belonging was related to mental and physical health risks, it was important to learn how this vulnerability could be managed.
While comfort food could make you feel better, you should be careful so that it doesn’t ruin your diet in the bargain.
Threatened belonging and preference for comfort food among the securely attached, Appetite. 2015.
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