Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chocolate craving and depression

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People crave for chocolate when they feel board or depressed. Dr. Beatrice Golomb and her colleagues at the University of California conducted a study to find out any possible link between depression and chocolate craving.

In the study, more than 900 people are surveyed about their weekly chocolate consumption and overall diet. They also screened the participants for depression.

It was found that depressed people ate more than 55% chocolate than people without depression. They also found that, with increasing depression, an individual is tend to eat more and more chocolates.

They also concluded that this behaviour may be actually a form of self medication or may be an actual cause of depression. They are even considering the possibility that chocolate may act as alcohol, giving temporary mood changes in individual.

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