Study: Comfort foods help fight loneliness

March 23, 2011 9:22:09 AM PDT
The next time you are feeling lonely, reach for your favorite comfort food but in moderation.

A new study in the journal Psychological Science suggests comfort foods can help fight loneliness.

In the study, volunteers were asked to spend several minutes writing about a fight with a friend or loved one. Then some in the study were either asked to write about their favorite comfort foods. Researchers found those who thought about or ate comfort foods had reduced feelings of loneliness.

The authors caution that while these foods may really provide emotional comfort they are often unhealthy meal choices.