12/11/2014 16:34 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Comfort Food Isn't Comforting, Says Study (Sob)

You know the story. You're feeling down, you need a pick-me-up and eating chocolate seems like a perfectly reasonable option. After all, indulging in your favourite snack makes you feel better, doesn't it?

Turns out, you might as well be munching on carrot sticks.

Box of donuts

Research published in the Health Psychology journal suggests that eating nothing has the same effect on a bad mood as comfort foods.

The study asked participants to watch an 18-minute video designed to make them feel anxious or depressed. They were then split into three groups and given either their preferred comfort food, a granola bar (the neutral food) or no food at all.

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The results? "Participants' moods improved over time," said the researchers. However, "this happened to the same extent regardless of which type of food they ate, or whether they at any food at all," they added.

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