Dark chocolate lowers risk of depression, study suggests

Dark chocolate lowers risk of depression, study suggests  (telegraph.co.uk)

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[The Telegraph, 8/1/19]  Scientists have found that eating dark chocolate appears to lower the risk of depression by four fold.

While 7.6 per cent of the 13,000 people surveyed reported depressive symptoms, just 1.5 per cent of the chocolate eaters did.

The study by University College London (UCL), the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services Canada, also found that the people who consumed the most of any chocolate – between 3.6oz (104g) and 16oz (454g) – were also 57 per cent less likely to report depressive symptoms.

Lead author Dr Sarah Jackson, of UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care, said: “This study provides some evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms”.

However further research is required to clarify the direction of causation – it could be the case that depression causes people to lose their interest in eating chocolate, or there could be other factors that make people both less likely to eat dark chocolate and to be depressed……


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