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Chocolate v depression?

Dr Natalie Rose and colleagues have published the somewhat odd findings that the more chocolate you eat per month, the more likely you are to be depressed. Or is it that those more depressed eat more chocolate?

The study was conducted on 840 healthy subjects (no heart disease, no diabetes, not on anti-depressants).

Mood was assessed using standard cut-off points on a depression test called CES-D (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale).

Those rated as without depression ate a little over 5 oz (about 150g) per month.  Those rated as depressed ate just over 8oz (about 220g) per month. Those rated with probabale major depression ate just under 12oz (about 330g) per month.

Other possible links such as caffeine, fat intake, carb intake, total energy intake and anti-oxidant food sources were all ruled out.

The authors did not determine whether there was a cause-and effect link in action, merely that a higher rating on the depression scale was linked to higher consumption of chocolate.

Last month, Brian Buijsse reported that the same amount of dark chocolate (about 220g/month) cut the risk of heart attack and stroke significantly.

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April 28, 2010 - Posted by | Chocolate, Depression, Natalie Rose

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