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Comfort Foods Are More Than Just an Every Day Meal to Some People

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Junior Violet Newton eats chicken noodle soup, a meal commonly referred to as a comfort food.

Comfort food can play a major part in most people’s lives, it can be viewed as something that brings happy memories of childhood, make some people feel good, and also could possibly benefit mental health. Comfort foods can help produce a chemical messenger called dopamine which is released in your brain when you feel any type of pleasure.

“My comfort food would probably be ramen noodles, specifically the chicken ones. I like that it’s warm and I like the taste,” junior Luis Torres said. “Sometimes it’s comforting to eat something warm, I probably eat ramen noodles a couple of times a month, maybe every other week.”

A large percentage of people have comfort foods, some people even claimed they gained this comfort food from their parents cooking, or something their family has passed down.

“My comfort food is kind of random but it’s my mom’s homemade cheesy chicken and rice and I like that my mom doesn’t make it much and when she does it’s more like a surprise,” freshman Payton Baker says.

Comfort foods can also be extremely beneficial to one’s mental health. According to an article on Vox.com by Raycheal Sugar, comfort foods can help relieve stress. Over time, people have learned that they actually dampen stress hormones.

“I like dill pickles because I like the flavor of it, they are non-fattening so I can eat as many as I want, it’s filling, they come in jars so they are easy to carry around and the pickle juice is good to drink for you, they aren’t expensive and they come with a good amount in each jar,” sophomore Logan Upchurch said.

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