Nearly HALF of Americans indulge in chocolate to cheer themselves up when they're having a bad day
CLOSE to half of all Americans opt for the chocolate bar when in a bad mood and looking for a quick pick-me-up.
A new study found that most Americans' comfort foods revolve around something sweet (like chocolate, waffles, and candy) and something savory (like bacon, tacos, chips, and steak).
The survey of 2,000 people found tacos (33%), bacon and eggs (32%) and a nice juicy steak (32%) were foods that instantly put them in a good mood no matter the circumstances.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of meal kit company HelloFresh, 46% said they indulge in chocolate when they’re having a bad day along with fast food and candy (both at 36%), and chips (35%).
Although respondents also devour chocolate (41%) on a good day, the results showed 39% prefer fresh vegetables and fruits as well.
The last thing on their minds after an unpleasant day is figuring out what’s for dinner with 59% saying they feel even worse when they eat unhealthy meals later in the evening.
Data showed the key to having better days and moods may be as simple as eating healthier meals.
Sixty-six percent of all those polled agreed they feel better when they eat a home-cooked meal as opposed to take out or delivery.
People also reported a 37% boost in confidence when they eat a healthy meal – and a 40% increase when they cook that dish from start to finish.
“Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or a more experienced home cook, preparing a meal from start to finish can leave you with a feeling of pride and sense of accomplishment,” said Dana Murrell, Head of Culinary at HelloFresh.
“Every time you cook, you are either honing a skill or building a new one,” Murrell added. Cooking with a meal kit helps to steer you in the right direction and ensure the finished dish is always delicious.”
GO-TO FOODS WHEN HAVING A GOOD DAY
Chocolate – 41%
Fresh vegetables – 39%
Fresh fruit – 39%
Candy – 36%
Fast food – 30%
GO-TO FOODS WHEN HAVING A BAD DAY
Chocolate – 46%
Fast food – 36%
Candy – 36%
Chips – 35%
Fresh vegetables – 30%
TOP FOODS THAT INSTANTLY PUT AMERICANS IN A GOOD MOOD
Tacos – 33%
Bacon and eggs – 32%
Steak – 32%
Fried rice – 31%
Waffles/pancakes – 31%
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