- contradiction /kon-truh-DIK-shuhn/
- turmoil /TUR-moil/
- comforting /KUHM-fer-ting /
- pinpoint /PIN-point /
- integral /IN-ti-gruhl/
[noun] – the fact of something being the complete opposite of something else or very different from something else, so that one of them must be wrong
That’s a contradiction of what you just said.
[noun] – a state of confusion, uncertainty, or disorder
Her mind was in a state of constant turmoil.
[adjective] – making you feel less sad or worried
Hot soup is very comforting on a cold winter’s day.
[verb] – to discover or establish something exactly
It’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of the accident.
[adjective] – necessary and important as a part of a whole
Statistics are integral to medical research.
Researchers have discovered some contradictions in what we consider comfort food. For example, a 2010 study found that people experiencing more turmoil in their lives were more likely to choose foods they had never tried before rather than sticking with familiar options. Scientists have also wondered whether the calories in comfort foods might boost mood in some way, but the evidence for this is inconclusive. In fact, a study of 1,400 people in North America found that men were more likely to eat comfort foods as a celebration, while women tended to report feeling guilty after eating them. Despite these contradictions, it is clear that comfort food holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Whether it’s a bowl of warm soup on a cold day, a slice of gooey chocolate cake, or a bowl of macaroni and cheese, these dishes bring a sense of comfort and familiarity that can be hard to find elsewhere. It is possible that the emotional connection we have with certain foods, rather than the specific ingredients or nutrients they contain, is what makes them comforting to us.
While it may be hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a food a “comfort food,” it is clear that these dishes play an important role in our emotional lives. Whether we are seeking solace in times of sadness or celebrating a special occasion, comfort food is often an integral part of the experience.
- What are some examples of comfort foods that you enjoy? Why do you consider them comforting?
- Have you ever noticed that you crave different types of food depending on your mood or the situation you are in? Can you think of any examples?
- If you were to eat one kind of dish for a whole week, what would it be? Please elaborate on your answer.
- Do you agree that men and women may have different reasons for eating comfort food?
- What do you think of sweet food?