Overindulging In Chocolate a Marker for Depression
It seems almost cliché to be drawn to chocolate when you are feeling sad. But new research shows that you aren’t alone – people who are depressed eat more chocolate.
Researchers at University of California San Diego and UC Davis studied the connection between diet and depression in 931 men and women who were clinically depressed but not on any medication as treatment. Participants were screened for depression and asked to report the dietary intake, including chocolate consumption.
Even without other dietary factors involved, such as an overall penchant for sweet eating or a high-carbohydrate diet, chocolate seemed directly correlated with mood.
Overall, those who screened positive for depression consumed an average of 8.4 one-ounce servings of chocolate per month. Using data from a control group, those who were not depressed ate about 5.4 servings per month.
The researchers also found that the more depressed a person was, the more they consumed chocolate. Those who scored highest on the screening test, indicating possible major depression consumed an average of 11.8 servings per month.