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Eating More Chocolate? Are You Depressed?

Posted Apr 27 2010 12:00am

Do you eat a lot of chocolate? Does it depend on your mood? A new study has found that people who screen positive for possible depression appear to eat more chocolate than those who are not depressed. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, and UC San Diego looked at 931 men and women who were not taking antidepressants. They found that those with high scores on a test for depression consumed an average of  8.4 servings of chocolate per month. Those who did not screen positive for depression and ate an average of 5.4 servings a month. Those with very high scores that indicated they were likely suffering from severe depression ate even more chocolate, about 11.8 servings a month. The findings are surprising because previous studies have shown chocolate to be a mood elevator. Researchers don’t know if the increase in chocolate is a form of self-medicating to feel better. More studies will be done.

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