Chocolate is sweeter for those with depression

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Here’s good news from Washington, USA. A new study found that people suffering from depression eat more chocolate, and the amount increases with the severity of their illness.

“Our study confirms long-held suspicions that eating chocolate is something that  people do when they are feeling down,” said Dr. Beatrice Golomb of the University of California at San Diego, a co-author of the study published recently in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers looked at chocolate consumption and mood in about 1,000 adults who were not on anti-depressive medications and did not have heart disease or diabetes.

Participants were asked about the amount of chocolate they eat in a week. Their degree of depression was assessed on a scale called the Center of Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale.

The researchers found the test subjects with the highest rankings – that is those who were most depressed – consumed almost 12 portions of chocolate (each one about 28 grams) per month, compared to five a month in the same time period for those with no depression symptoms.

Moderately depressed subjects ate eight portions a month.

The study did not differentiate between milk chocolate and dark chocolate.

Additional research is needed to determine “the basis of this association, as well as the role of chocolate in depression, as cause or cure,” researchers said.

Of course, the management of severe depression with suicidal tendency must be handled properly by an experienced psychiatrist who will prescribe the most effective anti-depressant medications.