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Ghrelin likely involved in why we choose 'comfort foods' when stressed, UT Southwestern investigators report

June 23, 2011 – We are one step closer to deciphering why some stressed people indulge in chocolate, mashed potatoes, ice cream and other high-calorie, high-fat comfort foods. 

A team led by UT Southwestern Medical Center, in a mouse study, suggest that ghrelin – the so-called “hunger hormone” – is involved in triggering this reaction to high-stress situations.