Why Comfort Foods Comfort Us

April 12, 2011 Updated Apr 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

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April 12, 2011 Updated Apr 12, 2011 at 5:51 PM EDT

(WKBW/UB) There may be more to our love of macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and chili than the taste.

A new study from University at Buffalo researchers finds comfort foods comfort us because they typically remind us of the people we're closest to, like our mother or grandmother.

They say it's food associated with good, comfortable, safe feelings.

Comfort foods are typically higher in fat and calories, so don't overdo it.

Doctors say if you're feeling down about something you can also try burning some calories by exercising and relieve stress in the process.

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