Why Comfort Food is Comforting

Macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and chicken noodle soup have long been staples among American comfort foods, but what exactly makes them so comforting? New research is showing that the warmth associated with these archetypal meals don’t necessarily relate to their flavors, but rather the emotion attached to the people that once served them to you. If your mom, dad, grandpa or favorite aunt fed you chicken noodle soup when you were sick as a child, that care and comfort will resonate with you each time you reach for a bowl.