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Study Finds Correlation Between Chocolate Consumption And Depression

April 26, 2010: 10:52 PM EST
Men and women who screened positive for possible depression were found to have consumed an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate a month compared to only 5.4 servings a month among those not screening positive, according to a U.S. study. Those who consumed higher amounts of chocolate – 11.8 servings a month – scored even higher on the tests, indicating a high probability of major depression. The researchers found that caffeine, fat, carbohydrates, energy intake and antioxidant-rich foods bore no correlation to mood symptoms. The study’s authors wondered whether depressed people may simply eat more chocolate because they’ve heard it boosts mood. And they couldn’t rule out the possibility that chocolate itself may contribute to depression. More studies are needed to determine whether chocolate is a cause or cure for depression, they said.
Natalie Rose, MD; Sabrina Koperski, BS; Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD , "Chocolate and Depressive Symptoms in a Cross-sectional Analysis ", Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(8):699-703. , April 26, 2010, © American Medical Association
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