In a recent consumer survey by online takeaway platform Lieferando, curry improved moods by 83% in comparison to 10 other takeaway options. Why has Indian Food been crowned the Ultimate Comfort Food?
Psychologically, food can be used as a coping mechanism as it focuses our attention on the immediate reaction which can deter stress and anxiety. This is, quite simply, the concept of comfort food. Part of the impact of comfort food is the feeling of warmth and even nostalgia. For Brits, the ‘comfort food curry’ may be the much loved Chicken Tikka Masala with memories of Friday Night Takeaways; however, for Indians, their choice of comfort food could be classic Delhi Street Food that they remember hypnotising them down the street!
However, with Indian Food, it isn’t just happy memories. The vibrant flavours and great variety of tastes certainly helps, but also, some typical ingredients within Indian cooking can improve your mood.
Chilli contains capsaicinoids which react to receptors in the mouth. This gives the burning sensation in the mouth you experience when you eat a chilli. This tantalising reaction releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins can make you feel happy, energised, and certainly lift mood. So if you’re feeling a little low, maybe try turning up the heat! Discover some varieties of chilli here.
Turmeric has been renowned as a superspice – without a long list of health benefits. The active agent of curcumin in turmeric is what is responsible to bringing a smile to your face. The understanding of why curcumin can improve your mood aren’t definitive, however, studies have determines that there is certainly a positive correlation; as well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. To learn more about the benefits of turmeric, click here.
Do you have a specific comfort food Indian Dish that makes you happy? Tell us in the comments below!