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Comfort foods fight loneliness

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN & KFVS) - Reach for that plate of mashed potatoes and pass the bacon.

A new study in the journal "Psychological Science" suggests such 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.

Others were even served chicken soup, if they had previously indicated they enjoy it.

Researchers found those who thought about or ate comfort foods -- reported reduced feelings of loneliness.

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

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