Here at Alpha Dawgs, we know that food is an essential part of life, not just for physical survival but also for emotional wellbeing and even social bonding. Food can have a powerful effect on how you are feeling, which is why everyone has certain dishes that act as their comfort foods. While the particular foods someone finds comforting may differ from person to person, there are some foods that tend to crop up again and again. In this article, we’ll explore the key qualities that make comfort food comforting so that you know how to make your meals truly special.
- Ingredients- One of the keys to great comfort food is the ingredients used, at least on a biochemical level. Dishes that contain fat, sugar, and/or carbs trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter linked with positive moods and reduced anxiety. This response is thought to be hardwired into the brain by humanity’s evolutionary past, when these nutrients were scarce and hard to come by, which made successfully obtaining them a victory worth a neurological celebration.
- Nostalgia- The other main key to great comfort food is the emotional associations that the person has to particular dishes. If your parents fed you chicken soup when you were sick as a kid, then your brain likely formed an association between eating that soup and being comforted by a loved one, and that association comes into play when you eat chicken soup as an adult. Essentially, if you want to choose the best comfort food for someone now, ask about what their caregivers fed them as children.
Once you’ve tried our food at Alpha Dawgs, we think our menu will become your new favorite list of comfort food. Stop by today to try a hot dog, burger, or any other dish that sounds comforting to you!