Being Depressed Puts You In The Mood For Chocolate

A new study suggests feeling depressed puts you in the mood for chocolate. Of the 1,000 adults participating in the study, those diagnosed with depression consumed 8.4 servings of chocolate per month as compared to 5.4 servings eaten by participants who were not depressed. Those who were most depressed ate an average of 11.8 servings of chocolate each month, HealthDay reports.

Experts offer several theories behind the depression-chocolate connection, with Beatrice Golomb, author of the study telling HealthDay many people believe eating chocolate when down made them feel better.

A new cross-sectional study suggests individuals with depressive symptoms eat more chocolate, but it does not explain why.

"There is a lot of lore about chocolate and depression and precious little in the way of scientific evidence, which is what motivated us to do this study," Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, told Medscape Psychiatry.

The study, published in the April 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, included 931 adults not using antidepressants. The mean age of study subjects was 57.6 years and mean body mass index was 27.8 kg/m2 or less; 70.1% were male, 80.4% were white, and 58.8% were college educated. Subjects provided information on chocolate consumption (frequency and amount) and completed the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression
(CES-D) scale.

Subjects who screened positive for depression, defined as a CES-D score of 16 or higher, reported consuming significantly more chocolate than those not screening positive for depression (8.4 vs 5.4 servings per month; P = .004).

Those with CES-D scores of 22 or greater, indicating probable major depression, consumed 11.8 servings of chocolate per month (P value for trend < .01). These associations were evident for men and women.

According to the researchers, several nutrient factors could be linked to mood, such as increased caffeine, fat, carbohydrate, or energy intake.

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