Fatty foods may alter brain's response to sadness

July 26, 2011 2:19:46 PM PDT
Anyone who has dipped into a pint of ice cream after a tough break up knows that certain foods feel emotionally healing. New research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests these goodies may actually be altering the brain's response to sadness.

In a small study, researchers traced people's responses to sad and neutral experiences. They did this while fatty acids were infused directly into the stomachs of some participants who didn't know what they were getting.

After looking over brain scans, researchers determined that those receiving the fatty acids had less of dip in their mood.

Scientists are hoping the research will help further the understanding of obesity and depression.