Are comfort foods making a comeback? Some analysts say yes. Fifty-three percent of consumers said they are cooking at home more than they were six months ago. Depending on your tastes, comfort foods can range from cheap snacks to made-from-scratch meals, and experts say we flock to them during hard times. Macaroni and cheese seems to be the food many folks run to for comfort. Some analysts say when the economy collapses, the urge to buy foods like macaroni and cheese, pasta and meatloaf shoots up. For Jennifer Matteson, the cheesy noodles provide a sense of fullness, something she said many people are looking for these days. “I think we just got a little overextended and this economic situation has proven to us that we have to get back to basics.” Studies show when Americans’ income is low we eat out less and buy more foods to prepare at home. For Amy Crofoot, comfort comes from making a meal from scratch. “I do a lot of soups, just because they are easy. I have three kids. They're healthy, and they're comfortable,” she said. Ice cream is also considered a comfort food that people flock to during hard times, but nutritionists warn be careful about eating these types of foods too much. “Typically those easy foods – quick, easy and cheap are higher in fat and calories and lower in nutrient density so they may not have many nutrients in them, which can be a health concern," said UNCW dietician, Alice Merritt. Whatever your comfort food may be, nutritionists say try adding more fruits, frozen vegetables and whole wheat bread into your meal. Fast food may be considered a comfort food. McDonald's reported a 7.7 percent increase in sales in November. The “comfort beverage” could be beer. Analysts say, in 2008 more than 16 million barrels of domestic beer was sold nationwide; the largest increase since 1990.
- Video Central
- About WWAY