Saturday, October 29, 2011

Depressed People Eat More Chocolate - A Survey at University of California

> Depression and chocolate
A survey at the University of California, USA, found that women and men with depression eat more chocolate as the symptoms of the problem increases.

They say the findings suggest an association between mood and food cocoa. The study was published in this journal Monday Archives of Internal Medicine.

People who feel under
"The study confirms an old suspicion that eating chocolate is something people do when they are feeling down," said Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor of medicine at the American university and an author of the research.

The researcher points out that the main goal was only to examine a possible association between psychological problem and the food and, for that reason, have not sought to see whether consumption reduces or intensifies the state.

Researchers have examined possible links between chocolate consumption and mood in a thousand adults who were not taking antidepressants and who had cardiovascular disease or diabetes problem.

Portions of chocolate
Participants were tested and evaluated according to the depression scale- ESC-D of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies of the United States.

The study authors noted that men and women who reported higher levels in the range consumed an average of 12 servings of chocolate per month, while those without depression drank less than five parts in the same period.

There was no difference between milk chocolate and cocoa over. The portion considered was about 30 grams. There was no difference in the period, consumption of other foods rich in antioxidants, such as fish, coffee, fruits and vegetables, among the participants.

Chocolate role in depression
"The results do not appear to be explained by a general increase in the consumption of caffeine, fat or carbohydrate, indicating that were specific to chocolate," said Beatrice.

The researchers said further studies are needed to try to determine the basis for the association and the role of chocolate in depression, be it positive or negative.

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