Love for chocolate could lead to a serious health problem - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/26/10

Love for chocolate could lead to a serious health problem

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Attention chocolate lovers, your cravings for the sweet treat may be a sign of a more serious health problem.

A study of nearly one thousand adults who were not taking antidepressants finds those who ate the most chocolate scored the highest on depression tests. Those with the higher scores ate about twelve servings of chocolate a month. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego say their other nutritional factors that could alter mood, like caffeine was not found to play a role.  They say depression could trigger the need to self-medicate, and for many people, chocolate is the drug of choice. Researchers say more studies are needed.

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