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Americans Find Relief In Favorite Sick-Day Foods, Survey Shows

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It takes less than 30 minutes for Americans to start to feel relief after indulging in their favorite sick-day foods. PHOTO BY SWNS

It takes less than 30 minutes for Americans to start to feel relief after indulging in their favorite sick-day foods.

That’s according to a survey of 2,000 millennial parents of school-aged children. Results revealed that soup (65%), broth (42%), crackers (35%) and popsicles (35%) topped the list of parent’s favorite comfort foods.

Other less common but still favorite comfort foods include stew (21%) and pasta (14%).

While the top sick-day foods list came out similarly for children, they are more likely to prefer mac and cheese (23%), toast (21%), pudding (20%) and oatmeal (14%) than their parents.

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When parents were asked their least favorite sick-time meal, spicy foods (37%), chili (21%) and ginger (16%) came out on top. Interestingly, parents don’t share the same love of mac and cheese with their kids, as 12% admit it is their least favorite comfort food.

It takes less than 30 minutes for Americans to start to feel relief after indulging in their favorite sick-day foods. PHOTO BY SWNS

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Delsym, results also revealed that the average parent has been enjoying their favorite comfort foods, like honey (27%) or toast (21%), for 13 years.

Sickness strikes an average of three times per year, according to respondents. And from when the first person starts feeling bad, 60% have 48 hours or less before the rest of the house becomes symptomatic.

In fact, most respondents (68%) admit their child is usually patient zero, more so than themselves (18%) or their partner (11%).

Household responsibilities such as chores and cleaning (62%), running errands (61%) and hobbies (53%) get pushed by the wayside until they’ve recovered.

More than one-third (36%) also admit that cooking tends to also be brushed off.

This may have something to do with the fact that 83% of respondents believe they can recover faster if they’re able to properly take a break and rest.

But that doesn’t mean parents aren’t indulging in their necessary R&R with their kids. When the whole household is sick, families come together and watch TV (71%), take a nap (69%), sip hot beverages (50%) and cook comfort meals (40%).

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“When sickness strikes, it’s no secret that it can bring a functioning household to a complete stop,” said Albert So, Marketing Director, Upper Respiratory Brands at Reckitt. “Not only is it important to let your body recover, indulging in favorite feel-better foods can bring not only symptom relief but bring the whole family together.”

To prepare for sick days, most parents purchase over-the-counter medications (70%), monitor the rest of the household for symptoms (56%) and contact work or school (51%).

Others jump straight into changing the bedding (41%) and stocking up on favorite drinks (38%) and meals (28%).

Symptoms that typically keep respondents out of work or school include headaches or migraines (62%), congestion (57%) and a sore throat (55%).

It takes less than 30 minutes for Americans to start to feel relief after indulging in their favorite sick-day foods. PHOTO BY SWNS

While 34% try to power through a dry cough, a similar number (32%) would want someone else with that symptom to stay home.

Respondents also feel that if someone else has symptoms like a juicy cough (52%), sore throat (51%) and a stomachache (49%), it’s best to stay away from school or work.

“There is never a “perfect” time to be sick. But the survey revealed that small things like having a clean house (58%) or ready to make comfort meals (55%) can make things much easier,” said So. “In fact, respondents shared that many of them (43%) relieve their symptoms by eating soothing or comforting meals. When the whole family is down for the count, spending time with one another can lead to feeling better together.”

TOP 5 MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF A COMFORT MEAL

  • Relief from symptoms – 62%
  • The ingredients – 44%
  • The temperature – 41%
  • Who made it – 22%
  • If it’s reheatable – 22%

PARENTS’ FAVORITE FEEL BETTER FOODS

  • Soup – 65%
  • Broth (chicken, vegetable, bone, etc.) – 42%
  • Crackers – 35%
  • Popsicles – 29%
  • Honey – 27%
  • Toast – 21%
  • Stew – 21%
  • Ginger – 18%
  • Applesauce – 16%
  • Rice – 14%
  • Pasta – 14%
  • Oatmeal – 13%
  • Chili – 13%
  • Spicy foods – 12%
  • Mac and cheese – 12%
  • Roasted chicken – 11%
  • Pudding – 10%

Produced in association with SWNS Research

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