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Chocolate Lovers 'Are More Depressive', Say Expert
BBC ^ | Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Posted on 04/26/2010 9:52:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway

People who regularly eat chocolate are more depressive, experts have found.

Research in Archives of Internal Medicine shows those who eat at least a bar every week are more glum than those who only eat chocolate now and again.

Many believe chocolate has the power to lift mood, and the US team say this may be true, although scientific proof for this is lacking. But they say they cannot rule out that chocolate may be a cause rather than the cure for being depressed. In the study, which included nearly 1,000 adults, the more chocolate the men and women consumed the lower their mood. Those who ate the most - more than six regular 28g size bars a month - scored the highest on depression, using a recognised scale. None of the men and women were on antidepressants or had been diagnosed as clinically depressed by a doctor. 'Mood food' Dr Natalie Rose and her colleagues from the University of California, San Diego, say there are many possible explanations for their findings, and that these need to be explored.

It may simply be that people who are depressed crave chocolate as a "self-treatment" to lift mood, or depression may drive the craving without any beneficial effect.

"Alternatively, analogous with alcohol, there could be short-term benefits of chocolate to mood with longer-term untoward effects," they told the journal. Chocolate could even be a direct cause of depression, the researchers added.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: chocolate; depression

1 posted on 04/26/2010 9:52:50 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I showed this to Mrs. 40 and she said she’d be depressed if she couldn’t have chocolate.


2 posted on 04/26/2010 9:54:10 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: nickcarraway

The New Puritans — people with the pervasive fear and irrational suspicion that someone, somewhere, is having fun.


3 posted on 04/26/2010 9:57:09 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: nickcarraway

Do you ever get the feeling that this planet has way too many “researchers” with way too much time on their hands.


4 posted on 04/26/2010 9:57:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution!)
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To: nickcarraway
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5 posted on 04/26/2010 10:03:41 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: nickcarraway

What about those of us who eat it daily?


6 posted on 04/26/2010 10:13:44 PM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: dayglored

As usual I get in my quick response that the Puritans were a feasting, smoking, drinking, dancing, hard working, fun loving people.

The “Puritan” label referred to their desire to keep the worship pure of Roman Catholic influences.


7 posted on 04/26/2010 10:15:07 PM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: nickcarraway

Correlational studies do not show causation. It could easily be that many people who are depressed eat more chocolate as a comfort food.


8 posted on 04/26/2010 10:21:07 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: nickcarraway
Bridget O'Connell, of the mental health charity Mind, said: "However, as this study shows, more research is needed to determine exactly what the relationship between chocolate and our mood is."


9 posted on 04/26/2010 10:25:28 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Persevero

A lot of research shows that chocolate is good for you, it is not just a “mood enhancer”, dark chocolate especially helps blood vessels, circulation, blood pressure and your heart.

People who are depressed probably find some comfort in the mood enhancing properties of chocolate, but I don’t believe that most people who eat chocoate are depressed, that’s just ridiculous.


10 posted on 04/26/2010 10:31:11 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: nickcarraway

“None of the men and women were on antidepressants or had been diagnosed as clinically depressed by a doctor”

So why are they being classified as “depressed”.

I wonder what the questions were.


11 posted on 04/26/2010 10:33:54 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: SmartInsight

I think the whole thing is pure bunk. Long live chocolate~


12 posted on 04/26/2010 10:59:54 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: SmartInsight

I am guessing they are like the scientology questions. “Do you feel sad sometimes” “Do you sometimes wish your life was better” “Do you get angry at people”


13 posted on 04/26/2010 11:11:55 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: nickcarraway

bookmark . . . munch, munch :-)


14 posted on 04/26/2010 11:17:57 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: nickcarraway

Obummer Lovers ‘Are More Repressive’, Say Expert


15 posted on 04/26/2010 11:40:11 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: nickcarraway

If I could only have 1 chocolate bar a week, THAT would depress me.

What total bunk... i think i’ll just go end it all. (my stash of chocolate that is)


16 posted on 04/26/2010 11:50:00 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: nickcarraway

Depending on the “chocolate” in question, these folks might just be having a sugar crash that has to do with blood glucose levels, and little, if anything to do with chocolate. Give them 90% cacao chocolate. Now that’s the GOOD STUFF, and come back and ask the question in a couple of weeks. They’ll be as happy as a little zargunoid.


17 posted on 04/27/2010 12:29:47 AM PDT by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: Talisker

Death by Chocolate?


18 posted on 04/27/2010 12:30:35 AM PDT by FredZarguna ("I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

19 posted on 04/27/2010 1:01:42 AM PDT by Liz (If teens can procreate in a Volkswagen, why does a spotted owl need 2000 acres? JD Hayworth)
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To: Persevero
> As usual I get in my quick response that the Puritans were a feasting, smoking, drinking, dancing, hard working, fun loving people. The “Puritan” label referred to their desire to keep the worship pure of Roman Catholic influences.

Ah, interesting. Thanks for the correction.

20 posted on 04/27/2010 7:02:33 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: nickcarraway; neverdem; Coleus

Plus, they tend to be found in bars too much, and some of those bars have a lot of nuts in them.

/rimshot!


21 posted on 04/30/2010 6:54:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks SunkenCiv


22 posted on 04/30/2010 7:49:23 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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Mood Food: Chocolate and Depressive Symptoms in a Cross-sectional Analysis
23 posted on 04/30/2010 9:04:46 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: nickcarraway

Have to question what this clown’s ‘expert’ credentials are!

Over all my life I’ve observed the opposite in an overwhelming way.

This is likely just another attempt at manipulation of public opinion.
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24 posted on 05/01/2010 12:03:19 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: neverdem

WRT that ‘study’ I suspect that there might be a strong natural tendency for those suffering depression to turn to a natural antidote.

Most of the most active and functional people I know are dark cholate users.
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25 posted on 05/01/2010 12:08:55 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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