Why comfort food can actually be good for your emotional health

Yahoo! News Canada:

When Drew Barrymore goes through a bad breakup, there are two words that always make her feel better: Kraft Dinner.

“[I] head straight for the carbs. Macaroni and cheese. Kraft. Deluxe. The kind with the cheese you squeeze out of a bag that takes at least a month to pass through your body,” the actress told Marie Claire  in 2009.

While the “Charlie’s Angels” star singles out her preference for the gooey stuff, she’s certainly not alone when it comes to seeking solace in comfort food. Countless heartbreaks have been soothed with a wooden spoon in one hand and a giant vat of carbohydrates in the other.

Now, a new study out of the University of Buffalo has uncovered part of the reason why comfort foods feel so, well … comforting. It turns out our positive associations with a particular food item can actually minimize feelings of loneliness.

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