Comfort Food Lives Up to its Name

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SYDNEY, Australia — Everyone may soon have an excuse to eat a burger and fries with news of a recent study that showed comfort nosh relieved anxiety among stressed lab rats.

In The University of New South Wales study, rats were isolated and divided from their mothers for controlled periods of time to induce stress, which was reduced as high-fat foods were added to their diet.

“Eating palatable food seems to affect neurogenesis similar to the way anti-depressants promote nerve growth in the brain. We need to test this possibility more and trial other interventions such as exercise,” lead researcher, Margaret Morris, said of the findings.