Eating more chocolate is associated with higher depression scores. Researchers assessed the mood of 931 participants who were not taking antidepressants using a standard depression scale. They then correlated the results from those with a food survey. Those who scored very highly, reflecting probable major depression, reported consuming more than twice as much chocolate as those who were negative for depression. The findings were similar between women and men. The researchers speculate that depression may stimulate cravings for chocolate as a form of self-medication. Animal studies suggest that chocolate may have positive mood benefits, however, they cannot rule out the possibility that chocolate actually contributes to the depressed mood, or that both cravings and depressed mood are caused by a third, underlying factor. The report is in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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