Why we crave comfort food when we're sad.

April 2, 2015 7:02 PM

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Why we crave comfort food when we're sad.

Americans love their comfort foods, from macaroni and cheese to chicken noodle soup. But a new study suggests it isn't actually the taste of the food that we crave, but rather a reminder of an emotional bond we shared with the person who made the dish for us in our youth.

University of Buffalo researcher Shira Gabriel explains in a press release that "comfort foods are often the foods that our caregivers gave us when we were children." After about 100 participants tracked their feelings and eating habits in a diary for two weeks, Gabriel and her team found those with...

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