Chocolate, cake and biscuits are the most common comfort foods Brits reach for to boost their mood, according to research.
The poll of 2,000 adults found a fifth will have a full English fry up when in need of a little pick-me-up.
And while a bacon sarnie hits the spot for 21%, 14% will make themselves feel better with a full roast dinner.
But one in ten turns to comfort foods daily and 74% will always opt for foods that are high in sugar.
Despite this, more than half acknowledge what they consume can in fact make them feel worse – with over half (57%) feeling full of regret after eating certain foods.
Team GB nutritionist, Nigel Mitchell, has teamed up with Aldi, which commissioned the research, to champion the importance of your diet on your mood and everyday life – creating a series of recipes for the family.
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Nigel said: “It’s fascinating how our bodies react to certain foods, and when our mood is low, we do tend to turn to things that give us a sense of comfort.
“While we all, of course, want to enjoy a treat from time to time, it’s important that we are aware of the link between our diets and mood, to make sure that we are also selecting foods that can have a truly positive impact us.
“The recipes I’ve created with Aldi are all based on foods that I know are accessible and affordable – proving we don’t have to be an Olympian to eat like one.”
The study also found that for 31%, their mood lift lasts for up to an hour – but 17% said their boost only lasts a few minutes.
The most likely time people will turn to certain foods is when they are feeling sad or down (52%), while 48% will do it when they are feeling stressed.
And, according to the OnePoll study, more than four in ten will use the weather as an excuse to eat away their feelings.
But despite more than half admitting their choice of comfort food is unhealthy, 69% claim it’s just too expensive to eat more healthily – even though they would like to.
When it comes to what goes in their basket, more than half (56%) are more likely to be guided on price than what’s good for them.
Two-thirds (67%) feel a healthier diet “comes at a price”, even though 64% would like to eat more nutritious meals.
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A fifth said they don’t have the time to cook healthy dishes, while one in four (24%) simply lack inspiration.
Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi UK, said: “People’s diets should not have to be compromised by the price of certain ingredients, especially when what we eat has such a significant impact on our bodies and minds.
“Aldi’s ethos is “access to good quality food should be a right, not a privilege”, which is why we aim to provide the best possible quality and value to all our customers.
“The recipes we’ve created with Nigel are designed to provide quick and easy inspiration for those looking to make their money go further, containing all the nutrients and deliciousness needed thanks to Nigel’s expertise and seal of approval.”
The “Happy Recipes” feature five nutrient-rich and well-rounded recipes – to find out more, visit here.
TOP 30 COMFORT FOODS TO BOOST BRITS’ MOODS:
- Ice cream
- Fish and chips
- Bacon sandwich
- Full English breakfast
- Crusty bread
- Burger and chips
- Chip butty
- Sausage sandwich
- Fried chicken
- Roast dinner
- Sticky toffee pudding
- Mac and cheese
- Fruit crumble
- Shepherd’s/cottage pie
- Beans on toast
- Scrambled egg on toast
- Rice pudding
- Jacket potato