Study: Depressed People Eat More Chocolate

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Researchers say depressed people are more likely to eat a lot of chocolate than those without symptoms. According to the research, people who were depressed ate an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate per month, compared with 5.4 servings among those who were not.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Women's magazines are always telling us how chocolate is good for us and a mood booster. Now, University of California researchers have connected chocolate to a person's darker moods - but possibly as a cause, not a cure. Researchers found depressed people ate far more chocolate than those who are content. What will need more research: Do those feeling blue self-medicate with chocolate, or does the chocolate high lead to feeling down later?

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