Depressed people eat more chocolate, reveals a study

According to a health report published by www.sciencedaily.com, researchers at the University of California have found out a fact that people, who are under depression, tend to eat more chocolate. This has brought out a close relation between mood and chocolate.

This was a cross-sectional study that did not prove whether chocolate helped increase or decrease depression. 1000 subjects, who were not taking any antidepressant medication and were not suffering from diabetes or any heart-related disease, were studied by Golomb and her colleagues.

According to www.msnbc.com , the participants were asked about their chocolate eating habits in a particular week and it was found out that both men and women find chocolate as a mood food.

More Depressed people had around 12 servings of chocolate per month while less depressed one had around 8 servings. People who are not depressed had around five servings of chocolate per month.

According to Golomb, “the findings did not appear to be explained by a general increase in caffeine, fat, carbohydrate or energy intake, suggesting that our findings are specific to chocolate”. To know the basis of this relation, studies will be carried out in the future. Also, there will be studies to know the effect of chocolate on the amount of depression.

Celebrities who have battled depression include Jim CarreyJ.K. RowlingHalle BerryHugh Laurie and Owen Wilson.

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