EAT­ING dark choco­late could boost mood and re­lieve symp­toms of de­pres­sion, sci­en­tists have said.

Adults who tucked into the treat had 70% lower odds of re­port­ing de­pres­sive symp­toms than those who ate no choco­late at all, the re­search showed.

A team stud­ied data from 13,626 adults in the US and also found the 25% who ate the most choco­late of any kind were less likely to re­port de­pres­sive symp­toms than those who did not eat it.

The team, which worked with the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­gary and Al­berta Health Ser­vices Canada, found no sig­nif­i­cant link be­tween not eat­ing dark choco­late and de­pres­sive symp­toms.

“Fur­ther re­search is re­quired to clar­ify the di­rec­tion of cau­sa­tion,” says lead au­thor Dr Sarah Jack­son, from

Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don’s In­sti­tute of Epi­demi­ol­ogy and Health Care.

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