A dark choc to the system can help brighten your mood

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A dark choc to the system can help brighten your mood

Dark chocolate lowers risk of depression, study suggests, although there is a worrying caveat

Sarah Knapton

It is food news guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Scientists have found that eating dark chocolate lowers the risk of depression fourfold after eating it.

While 7.6% of the 13,000 people surveyed reported depressive symptoms, just 1.5% of the chocolate eaters did. The study carried out by University College London (UCL) also found that the people who consumed the most of any chocolate – between 104g and 454g – were also 57% less likely to report depressive symptoms.

Dr Sarah Jackson, the lead author from UCL’s Institute of Epidemiology and Healthcare, said: “This study provides some evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms...

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