Saturday 24 August 2019

Eating lots of dark chocolate 'lowers the risk of depression'

  

Woman eating dark chocolate
Woman eating dark chocolate

Sarah Knapton

It is food news that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Scientists have found that eating dark chocolate appears to lower the risk of depression by four fold.

While 7.6pc of 13,000 people who were surveyed reported depressive symptoms, just 1.5pc of the chocolate eaters did.

The study, which was carried out by University College London (UCL), the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services Canada, also found that the people who consumed the most of any chocolate - anything between 104g and 454g - were also some 57pc less likely to report any depressive symptoms.

"This study provides some evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms," said lead author Dr Sarah Jackson, of UCL's Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care.

Irish Independent

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