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July 27 2011 12:00 AM

There may be more to the term comfort eating than we realize - however, consuming fat appears to be the mood-lifter, rather than any other food ingredient. Researchers from University of Leuven, Belgium, reported on a study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

The authors explained that humans have an intimate relationship between their emotional state and what they eat. When we feel tired, stressed, anxious or overworked we tend to grab the chocolate bar, rather than an apple - in other words, comfort foods.

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