Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chocolate May Help With Depression

Source: Health Day (Summary by NIM)

Yes, there definitely is a time and a place for 'junk' food. Food not only fuels our bodies, it has the ability to soothe our souls and allow us to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Many of us reach for the sweet stuff when we're feeling down since foods that are high in fat and sugar have a sort of 'therapeutic' effect when times are tough.

Thanks to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers have found that people battling depression, both men and women, eat more chocolate per month than non-depressed people. The researchers believe this is due to chocolate's ability to put us in a better mood. Individuals with depression or non-depressed individuals going through particularly difficult periods in their lives may reach for chocolate as form of "self medication"

According to
Dr. Lorrin Koran, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral science, at Stanford University School of Medicine, Chocolate has many properties that make it a superior pick me up as compared with other foods. Chocolate "is available, cheap, does not lose its pleasure-inducing quality with repeated use, does not require relating to other people and is culturally approved as a source of legitimate pleasure" he said. I think most would agree!

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "
Chocolate a Sweet Pick-Me-Up for the Depressed" from Health Day (Apr. 26, 2010).