Researchers found fewer depressive symptoms in people who ate dark chocolate
A person who eats dark chocolate may feel less depressed than those who don’t like to enjoy it, a new study suggests.
People who eat dark chocolate are less likely to report depressive symptoms, according to researchers from University College London, in partnership with the University of Calgary Medical University and Alberta Canada.
Of the 13,000 people they surveyed, about 7.6% generally felt depressive symptoms, while only 1.5% of those who ate chocolate in that group reported feeling those symptoms. .
The study, published in the Journal of Depression and Anxiety, also found that people consuming 104 to 454 grams (dark chocolate) a day were 57% less likely to experience depressive symptoms than those who abstain from chocolate.
These results provide some evidence that chocolate consumption, especially dark chocolate, may be related to reducing the incidence of clinical-related depressive symptoms, the The author said in the research summary.
According to the study, there is no such relationship between depressive symptoms and eating white milk or chocolate.
The teams began to find any connection between chocolate and the mood of the people.
They examined data from thousands of participants in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and Questions about Patient Health. Researchers have looked at people about eating chocolate, depression symptoms and chronic health problems.
People were asked to recall what they ate during the 24-hour period between three and 10 days. Those who reported eating any dark chocolate were more likely to say they had 70% lower depression symptoms than those who did.
The main author, Dr. Sarah Jackson, from the University of London’s University of Epidemiology and Health Care, told The Irish Examiner more research is needed to determine how to connect chocolate and mood.
Further research is needed to clarify the direction of causality, she said. It is possible that depression causes people to lose interest in eating chocolate, or there may be other factors that make people eat less dark chocolate and become depressed.
Compared to regular chocolate, dark chocolate has higher flavonoid levels – antioxidant chemicals are known to play a role in slowing the onset of depression.
Other researchers have found that chocolate contains a neurodegenerative phenylethylamine that affects mood regulation.