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.