While ice cream seems to be the top choice among both men and women in need of culinary soothing, not all comfort foods are lacking in nutritional merit. A study by University of Illinois food trend researcher Brian Wansink found that 40 percent of the time people choose foods that aren't necessarily unhealthy, like chicken noodle soup, pasta and pizza. People also tend to eat comfort foods more often when they are feeling happy or want to celebrate. But women are more likely than men to eat such foods when they are feeling down also. Other key findings include: comfort foods are often distinct from typical "taste-good" snack foods; women and men tend to choose different comfort foods and eat them for different reasons; younger people prefer different comfort foods than older folks; and food choice reflects self-image. To find out more follow this link
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