Depressed individuals are more likely to consume chocolate

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Chocolate has long been associated with altered mood. In fact, a Google search on the keywords “chocolate” and “mood” retrieved almost six million results. The question then is “could people with depression eat chocolate in an effort to self-medicate?” While that question is not yet answered, findings published in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that depressed individuals are likely to consume more chocolate. In fact, individuals who tested positive for depression consumed about 60% more chocolate than those with lower scores. Individuals with major depression more than doubled chocolate consumption. Natalie Rose, MD, of the University of California Davis, and colleagues wrote in conclusion, “Whether there is a causal connection, and if so in which direction, is a matter for future prospective study.” Click here to read an article from CNN AC360 that discusses this study more.

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