Pizza is America’s number one comfort food


What’s your go-to comfort food? We all have one. Perhaps subconsciously for some, but almost everyone has a preferred food they turn to in times of stress, and depression.


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If you’re like most Americans, you turn to pizza. According to a new Harris poll, pizza lands in the number one spot as the ultimate comfort food for Americans.

According to the poll, about 53 percent of Americans eat more when they’re stressed and two-thirds (67%) agree they use their favorite comfort food as a pick-me-up. About two thirds (66%) indicate they don’t feel guilty after indulging in their favorite comfort food.

Chocolate and ice cream tie for second, at 7 percent each, while mac & cheese and chips round out the top five (5% and 4%, respectively).

  • Women turn to chocolate and ice cream as their second and third choices, respectively. Men, on the other hand, opt for ice cream and then chips.
  • Ice cream is the second choice for Easterners and Southerners alike, while Midwesterners turn to chocolate and Westerners prefer to dig into some mac & cheese. In third place, those in the
  • South and West opt for chocolate, while those in the Midwest want a bowl of ice cream and the East is hankering for mac & cheese.
  • While chocolate is number two for Gen Xers, this treat is reserved for third place by all other generations. Millennials’ second choice is mac & cheese, while Baby Boomers opt for ice cream and Matures reach for steak. Gen Xers name chips as their third place pick.
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The Harris poll included 2,252 U.S. adults that participated in an online survey between December 9 and 14, 2015.