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Depressed People Eat More Chocolate

A study has shown that people who score high on a screening test for depression consume more chocolate. The connection seems to be for chocolate only; there was no association between depression and caffeine, fat, or carbohydrates.

The participants were not followed over time, so the researchers don't know the effect chocolate has on depression. Chocolate could be a natural antidepressant or, conversely, a it might have a role in keeping depression going.

Live Science notes that:

“Those with scores that indicated they were possibly depressed ate an average of 8.4 one-ounce servings of chocolate per month, while those with lower scores ate an average of 5.4 servings per month. And those with the highest scores, possibly an indication of major depression, ate an average of 11.8 servings per month.”

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