• Wed, Apr 28 2010

If Chocolate Is Bad, I Don’t Want To be Good

On the heels of the joyous news that slushies might be good for you, comes crushing defeat by way of chocolate. The LA Times reports that the excessive consumption of chocolate might be linked to depression:

“Those who screened positive for possible depression consumed an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate — defined as one ounce of chocolate candy — per month. That compared with 5.4 servings per month among people who were not depressed…When the researchers controlled for other dietary factors that could be linked to mood — such as caffeine, fat and carbohydrate intake — they found only chocolate consumption correlated with mood.”

Researchers believe that people who are depressed might seek out chocolate more often than people who aren’t depressed as a pick-me-up (um…yes). The good news is that chocolate doesn’t cause depression — but if you’re rolling around in a Scrooge McDuck-like vat of it on the daily, it might be time to seek help.

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