More to Chew On: Comfort Food Preferences

By The Chew Crew Jan 10, 2013

Which foods do you reach for when you’re particularly stressed or anxious? Is it an order of crispy French fries that calls to you from the fast food menu, or is it a pint of ice cream that you can’t seem to put down? According to a national survey conducted by The Center for Culinary Development in San Francisco, your age may play into your comfort food preferences.

Here’s what they found: 4,000 participants of varying ages were asked about their favorite comfort foods, and Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Generation Yers, all revealed different answers.

Baby Boomers (those born post World War II, in the years between 1946 and 1964) gravitate towards “classic” comfort foods, including braised meats, casseroles, and ice cream.

Generation Xers (those born in the early 1960s to the early 1980s) prefer fast food hamburgers, burritos, packaged cookies, and ice cream.

Generation Yers (those born in the 1980s to the early 2000s) favor everything from burritos to ramen noodles. Gen Yers’ comfort food tends to be healthier than that of their parents, and thus, they are more inclined to opt for sushi or fruit.

Do your comfort food cravings follow this pattern? Do you think age relates to your taste in food? Either way, we think it’s comforting that so many of us have unique, individual perspectives when it comes to food… so bring on the ice cream, sushi, or whatever your heart desires.