WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Chocolate And Depression

By: Chuck Roberts Email
By: Chuck Roberts Email

Many people will reach for a piece of chocolate when they are feeling blue, but in today's Health Minute Chuck Roberts reports that eating chocolate may only deepen the mood.

How many times a week do you eat chocolate?

That was the question posed to nearly 1000 participants of a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, for their study on chocolate consumption and depression.

What the researchers found was that people do eat chocolate when they're feeling down.

For both women and men, chocolate consumption was higher among those who also scored higher for signs of depression.

The researchers say on average eating chocolate did not appear to help the participants overcome feelings of depression.

The researchers say they cannot rule out that chocolate could actually contribute to depressed moods.

They speculate that chocolate may have immediate mood-elevating effects, but the trans fats contained in many chocolates may ultimately lead to mood worsening.

They say more research is needed to truly determine the nature of the relationship between chocolate and depression.

For today's Health Minute, i'm Chuck Roberts.

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