Stress Eating Is Up In 2020, What People Are Eating

When it comes to stress one thing we need to think about is how we respond to it, and it looks like in 2020 more people are using food as a coping mechanism.

In a poll of 2,000 people from the U.S. it was found that two-thirds are using their childhood favourites as comfort food. The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Farm Rich, looked at the eating habits of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that the average respondent was eating comfort food meals five times a week, and snacking six times a week, and unsurprisingly had packed on about 6 extra pounds on average.

It found that age plays a factor, with 75 percent of those between the ages of 26 and 56 gravitating toward comfort food more this year than last. In the 18–25 age bracket, that number was 54 percent, while 57 percent of those ages 57+ reported an increase. Millennials are also spending more money on these feel-good food items during lockdown; averaging nearly $71 a week.

So what comfort foods are they turning to the most? When it was broken down by how many had eaten it , the top five include Mac & Cheese, French fries, Ice Cream, Hamburgers, and at number one by no small margin; Pizza.

Here’s the Top 15 comfort foods of 2020:

  1. Pizza: 55 percent
  2. Hamburgers: 48 percent
  3. Ice cream: 46 percent
  4. French fries: 45 percent
  5. Mac & cheese: 39 percent
  6. Potato Chips: 39 percent
  7. Cookies: 38 percent
  8. Chocolate: 37 percent
  9. Cereal: 34 percent
  10. Fried Chicken: 34 percent
  11. Spaghetti & meatballs: 32 percent
  12. Mashed potatoes: 32 percent
  13. Bread: 31 percent
  14. Hotdogs: 31 percent
  15. Pancakes: 30 percent

Top 5 reasons people reach for comfort food

  1. Tastes good: 48 percent
  2. Satisfying: 43 percent
  3. Brings happiness: 41 percent
  4. Something to look forward to: 39 percent
  5. Sense of comfort in uncertain times: 38 percent

Top 5 components of comfort food

  1. Great taste: 47 percent
  2. Food used to enhance mood/feel better: 36 percent
  3. Indulgent: 34 percent
  4. Simple preparation: 31 percent
  5. Sweet: 31 percent

Top 10 comfort food snacks

  1. Chocolate: 49 percent
  2. Chips: 46 percent
  3. Cookies: 39 percent
  4. French fries: 38 percent
  5. Candy: 37 percent
  6. Mozzarella sticks: 31 percent
  7. Popcorn: 31 percent
  8. Chicken nuggets: 27 percent
  9. Cereal: 27 percent
  10. Peanut butter: 26 percent

Source: https://bit.ly/3ksvZGC

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