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Nutritional Comparison of Many Comfort Foods

Comfort Food Breakdown

Who doesn't love comfort food? You know, special foods you make when you are sad that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Comfort foods are usually warm and soft, and are also high in carbs, sugars, or fats. They're not necessarily the healthiest food we can eat, but because we have such emotional ties to comfort foods, they're definitively not something we should avoid.

Indulging in comfort food is good for the soul, but since it's not usually good for your waistline, you may want to know their nutritional value. If you're curious to know how many calories are in one of your Grandma's famous chocolate chip cookies, then

Food, Serving Size Calories Total Fat (g) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
1 slice of cheese pizza 272 9.8 33.6 1.8 4.1 12.3
1 cup of homemade mac 'n cheese 330 12 39 1 9 14
1/4 pint of Ben & Jerry's (cookie dough) 270 15 32 0 24 4
1 cup mashed potatoes 237 8.8 35.5 3.2 3 4.2
1 chocolate chip cookie (about the size of a small plate) 400 21 53 2 36 4
1 large order of McDonald's French Fries 570 30 70 7 0 6
1 brownie (1/20 of box mix) 170 8 22 1 15 2
Cheeseburger 300 12 33 2 6 15
Milk chocolate (1.5 oz bar) 230 13 25 1 22 3
1 hotdog with bun 315 18.5 29 .5 9 10
Grilled cheese 420 27 26 1 0 16
1 cup tomato soup 151 1.4 33.7 3 20.4 4
Meatloaf (3 oz) 188 12.9 9 .8 2.3 11.3

Are there other comfort foods you love that weren't on this list? Tell me about them in the comment section below.

mod16 mod16 8 years
i would not count a cup of tomato soup as a comfort food
picture_perfect picture_perfect 8 years
ew mashed potatoes as a comfort food? gross.
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 9 years
I always crave comfort foods! Sugar, I need to find some ways to comfort myself that don't involve food! Any suggestions?
soapbox soapbox 9 years
I think the grilled cheese have way more calories because: 2 slices of regular sliced bread- roughly 160 calls 2 slices of american cheese- roughly 200, depending on brand 1 pat of butter- 40 calories (But who uses one pat?) So add that up and it's roughly 400.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 9 years
sundays= comfort food days. mondays = hell on a treadmill day.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
comfort food. amazing.. haha. eating em with your loved ones, getting warm and comfortable, then eat the comfort food! :D
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
I come from a background where we ate comfort foods like staples! I know now that you can't eat these everyday, but it sure is hard to resist them.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I never realized (or mostly ignored) how many calories and fat are in some of these things. I've always been pretty slim so I usually eat whatever I want and burn it off later, but lately I've noticed I've been getting a little portly, so I've limited myself to having any of these comfort foods only on a Sunday!
joannabanana88 joannabanana88 9 years
How does grilled cheese have more than a cheeseburger, when a cheeseburger contains the same ingredients PLUS more?
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Wow, I had no idea grilled cheese had so many calories! What about spaghetti and meatballs? That's one of my all time FAVORITE comfort foods.
supermommie supermommie 9 years
Do the mashed potatoes come with anything? No butter, no nuthin? I might go for the mac-n-cheese then. SM
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I get so much pleasure from eating I dont think its healthy. My comfort foods are pizza pizza pizza and bread bread bread. :WOOHOO: carbs!
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
My comfort food...Mexican food!!! OMG!! I love a great burrito, taco, chilli verde anything! That's why I have to go to the gym...I can't give Mexican food up!! It's in my blood :)
ibiteback ibiteback 9 years
grilled cheese can be low-cal if you use light whole wheat bread (or regular whole wheat), fat-free/lowfat cheese and either Brummel and Brown (a yogurt based butter subsitute) or cooking spray. The calories probably come from all that butter and full fat cheese.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I wish I could find chocolate cookies the size of a small dinner plate! :)
gigill gigill 9 years
Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches is my ultimate comfort food combo. Glad to see they are on the list...not glad to see how many calories they contain! :(
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
didnt know tomato soup had that many carbs...
pamela6116 pamela6116 9 years
a homemade ragu ala bolognese. (tomato meat sauce). with tons of cheese on top. no pasta, just the meat and cheese. piping hot. spicy, hot, cheesy, filling. yum.
joghog joghog 9 years
I recently lost a close friend to cancer, and have been hitting the comfort food hard. I didn't think it possible, but have gained 5 pounds in about 3 weeks! Now I know just how bad these foods are, and will think twice before eating another cookie. Oh... and get back to running... =0)
ImJessica ImJessica 9 years
A cookie the size of a small plate? That is a pretty big cookie.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Yea Im pretty surprised at the grilled cheese sandwiches.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Grilled cheese has that many calories? I just don't believe it.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
Who eats 1/4 of a pint!? If I have a pint I eat the whole thing!!! Hence why I don't get pints!!!
willpower willpower 9 years
what about a scoop of vanilla icecream ?
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