We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Does chocolate protect against depression?
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to protect yourself from depression and at the same time eat delicious sweets? Researchers have now found that eating chocolate can reduce the risk of depression by up to 70 percent.
A recent study by University College London found that chocolate consumption can help prevent depression. The results of the study were published in the English-language journal "Depression & Anxiety".
Risk of depression was reduced by up to 70 percent
It was found during the investigation that consuming just over 100 g of chocolate a day seems to promote mental health. Eating normal milk chocolate reduced the risk of depression among the strongest consumers by up to 57 percent. If the test subjects only consumed dark chocolate in the study, they reduced their risk of depression by as much as 70 percent, reports the research team.
Chocolate instead of antidepressants?
The results of the study on almost 14,000 adult participants led the researchers to suspect that chocolate could actually be an alternative to antidepressants for some people. Key compounds in chocolate, such as flavonoids and phenylethylamine, appear to have a similar mood-enhancing effect as cannabis, the researchers said.
The results were sometimes surprising
The study provides some evidence that the consumption of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, may be associated with a reduced likelihood of clinically relevant depressive symptoms. It was surprising that chocolate consumption had such a big impact on the mood, the researchers report. In addition, they were also surprised by the large amount of chocolate that the people with the highest consumption consumed.
More research is needed
More research is now needed to investigate exactly which compounds are responsible for the protective effects of chocolate on mental health. It is possible that eating chocolate is such a pleasure for people that consumers simply feel happier, summarizes the research team from University College London. (as)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- Sarah E. Jackson, Lee Smith, Joseph Firth, Igor Grabovac, Pinar Soysal et al .: Is there a relationship between chocolate consumption and symptoms of depression? A cross ‐ sectional survey of 13,626 US adults, in Depression & Anxiety (query: 02.08.2019), Depression & Anxiety