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Study says chocolate cake doesn't actually make you feel happier

By: Canadian Living
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Study says chocolate cake doesn't actually make you feel happier

By: Canadian Living
600x400_ultimate-chocolate-cake1390251635 When I'm having a bad day, I turn to cake! It's my ultimate comfort food. For some people their comfort food is macaroni and cheese or pizza or soup! Yum. But a new study from Health Psychology says that comfort food actually has no physiological benefit on your mood. In fact, eating comfort food, like brownies, improves your mood just as much as any other type of food, like kale! Researchers had a group of students watch a sad movie. After the film finished, half the group ate comfort food and the other half ate "non" comfort food. Both groups saw their moods increase by the same amount. This is very upsetting to me! There is nothing better on a cold, miserable day then something warm and comforting. I can't imagine eating a salad on a crappy day and it making me feel better. But apparently it would. Now the most shocking part of this study? That the participants who didn't eat any food after watching the movie had their moods improve just as much as those who ate the comfort food.  Apparently, eating food doesn't actually make you feel better! Crazy, right? I personally think food has a huge impact on my mood you don't want to cross me when I'm hangry! But science disagrees. So the next time your feeling down in the dumps, don't turn to cake, go for a walk instead to get your endorphins going. Actually, go for a walk and then eat the cake...it can't hurt to do both! Photography by Jeff Coulson
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Study says chocolate cake doesn't actually make you feel happier

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