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Study: Eating Really Does Make Us Feel Better

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LEUVEN, Belgium) –- Emotions and appetites have longtime believed to be connected -- but does ice cream actually help relieve sadness?

In a study released in the Journal of Clinical Investigation from the University of Leuven in Belgium, authors used brain scans to study the relationship between emotional states and eating patterns.

Twelve healthy, non-obese study participants were hooked up to brain scans to monitor mood changes and appetite shifts. 

Participants were then subjected to sad or neutral music, and upon determining their mood, were given either a fat-based or a water-based liquid to drink.

Researchers found that when participants consumed the fatty liquids, they reported feeling less hungry, but also less sad. 

If sad induced participants were given the water-based liquid, nothing was altered.

The study concluded the apparent connection between food and emotions, which may lead to important new developments for a wide range of disorders, including obesity, eating disorders, and depression.

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