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770px-ChocolateResearchers at the University of California San Diego have discovered a link between chocolate consumption and depression. According to their findings, which were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, either people suffering from depression tend to reach for chocolate more, or something in the chocolate triggers the depression. You can read about it here.

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everydayjane

April 27th, 2010
8:26 am

that makes me sad

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DamnDawg

April 27th, 2010
8:36 am

You Asked

April 27th, 2010
8:39 am

A sensational headline meaning absolutely nothing. So due to your dilligent research we know that people who are depressed eat more chocolate but we don’t know if the chocaloate causes depression.

Roll out the Headline: Link between chocolate consumption and depression!

…I see a research department that could be targeted for budget cuts and no one would lose a thing.

Morrus

April 27th, 2010
8:52 am

Vote out the incumbents and start over

Rob Vinson

April 27th, 2010
8:56 am

Pass me that Butterfinger Bar!

Not Depressed--Usually

April 27th, 2010
8:58 am

All this time I thought I was nuts. I kept reading about how eating dark chocolate lifts mood when it seemed to do me just the opposite. But then, I am not a chocolaholic like many people.

Becky

April 27th, 2010
9:11 am

Another test that is full of BS..

waw

April 27th, 2010
9:26 am

My personal research on the subject is ongoing.

Buckhead Writer

April 27th, 2010
9:33 am

Those two possible findings are completely opposite. It’s like saying a study found that X is Y or X is not Y. Well, duh. That study wouldn’t get a passing grade in a high school statistics or science class.

Roody

April 27th, 2010
9:48 am

Just dip your antidepressants in chocolate, silly.

JT

April 27th, 2010
9:48 am

Based on WHAT????? If you look hard enough, you can link chocolate to just about ANYTHING. Useless information here…

chocolate consumer

April 27th, 2010
9:52 am

Did the study find out how long a person is depressed after eating chocolate. Cause I am going to eat it anyway! And also, depression is stimalated by mental and not heart. So in my heart, I love chocolate it makes me sing songs of joy. Don’t know about anyone else but for me, I think people are feeling more guilty from eating chocolate candy more so than depressed. JUST WORK OUT AFTERWARDS. EXCERCISE CHANGES YOUR MODE.

Nick

April 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Is this news? I don’t think so…

Tyler Pike

April 27th, 2010
10:13 am

What the researchers failed to comprehend here was that consumption of chocolate does not make folks depressed, its the lack of consumption of BBQ. It goes without saying that I’m never depressed because I’m always loading up on my daddy’s sweet and sexy vinegar based bbq. People always ask me what its like to have my dad as the master of bbq and the example I use is Andy Roddick the tennis player. He’s married to that swimsuit model and he knows he’s one of the luckiest men on earth. Just the same, I know that by being the son of my father and getting to wrap my lips around his bbq whenever I want, I too am one of the luckiest men on earth. Getting depressed? Just holla at your boy and I’ll hook you up w/ some of daddy’s good stuff.

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1164mgc

April 27th, 2010
11:10 am

Eh… you could say the same for ice cream, or cheesecake, or cigarettes, etc.

VJC

April 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

Stop lying on Chocolate. It’s not true. I will not believe such untruths.

Lori

April 27th, 2010
12:57 pm

Stupid study. Where other factors considered? The study showed that people who eat chocolate every week are more depressed. Maybe people who eat chocolate every week are on average more overweight than people who don’t indulge. Maybe that is why they are depressed. The chocolate could have nothing to do with it.

American Mother

April 27th, 2010
12:59 pm

Oh but I have always heard, and believe that there is something in chocolate that makes one feel GOOD!!! That is why chocolate is shared on Valentine’s Day – to make the ones you love feel good!!!!

and I did not read the whole article, just read enough to say NO WAY!!

Melissa's mom

April 27th, 2010
2:09 pm

I gave up chocolate for lent and I’ll have to say that was the most depressing 6 weeks of the past year!

Joan

April 27th, 2010
2:13 pm

Maybe because more fat people eat chocolate more fat people are depressed, but then they should be.

Meme

April 27th, 2010
2:17 pm

government funded research, right?

Mel

April 27th, 2010
2:35 pm

Uh…did we find a cure for cancer yet?

Vivi

April 27th, 2010
2:43 pm

Hey AJC,
whoever is doing the copyediting for the web should take a look at the difference between correlation and causation. The study in no way said “chocolate makes you sad.” It found a correlation — could be just as likely that being sad makes you want chocolate, OR that people who are sad and people who like chocolate have something else in common that is contributing to both. Please change the headline, as it is inaccurate and THAT makes me sad. Thanks :)

John Kessler

April 27th, 2010
3:03 pm

Vivi — Noted. I’ll pass your comments along.

Stephen

April 27th, 2010
3:06 pm

I bet there is a link between antidepressants and depression, too. I guess an AJC headline writer would think antidepressants cause depression. How can you write a headline like “Chocolate makes you sad” based on this information and not feel irresponsible?

CHCLT LVR

April 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

I AM VERY LARGE AND BUT AMAZINGLY HEALTHY. I ATTRIBUTE IT TO CRYING OPENLY AND OFTEN AND EATING CHOCOLATE. I DON’T CRY BECAUSE I AM DEPRESSED. I CAN CRY FOR JOY AS WELL AS HURT. IT IS THE SECOND BEST STRESS RELIEVER…GUESS WHAT #1 IS? IT AIN’T YOGA! I ALSO EAT A LOT OF NUTS AND GRAINS. IF YOU ARE DEPRESSED, CRY, DO YOGA, EXERCISE, SEE A THERAPIST BUT FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, DON’T STOP EATING CHOCOLATE!

CHCLT LVR

April 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

OOPS, I USED AND & BUT!! MAYBE IS SHOULD HAVE USED BUTT! :) DON’T WORRY, CRY AND BE HAPPY!

missblondie13

April 27th, 2010
3:18 pm

Depressed people use chocolate as a temporary mood lifter. What kind of idiot researcher wasted money and time to conduct a survey that doesn’t even come to the proper conclusion?

That’s like saying Ben & Jerry’s might cause people to break up, because lots of newly single people drown their sorrows in it. Yeah, right.

Fishawk

April 27th, 2010
3:23 pm

They’ll have to tear my cold, tear-streaked and trembling fingers from my Reece’s cup. I’ll take depression.

Sarah

April 27th, 2010
4:21 pm

At Valentine’s Day we were told Chocolate was good for us, now this. It’s all just a scam to try to get you to spend money.

Steven A.

April 27th, 2010
4:41 pm

This just in: Drinking water causes thirst. It’s true. Scientists have observed that water drinkers all have one thing in common: thirst. Based on this evidence, scientists theorize that compulsive water consumption leads to thirst.

Bud

April 27th, 2010
9:02 pm

I suggest that congress immediately investigate and outlaw this health travesty. Oh, the humanity.

Marina

April 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

Oh but what a wonderful way to sink into depression! sorry.. not buying this one “Researchers at the University of California San Diego” – Should you not be enjoying the wonderful San Diego weather intead of trying to take away the little joy that is left in the world? No wonder you are coming up with this crazy stuff! – Get on that surf board already and leave us crazy depressed chocaholics alone!

Marina

April 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

LMAO @ Fishhawks comment! :-)

Pushpin

April 28th, 2010
9:39 pm

I knew it! I thought it was my imagination, but whenever I’d eat chocolate I felt sad within a half hour. As a result, I developed a dislike for it and gravitated toward fruit flavors instead.

Dagny

April 30th, 2010
11:10 pm

Please tell me this is a hoax!

Dagny

April 30th, 2010
11:13 pm

I just ate a whole bag of Peanut M&Ms to get over the depression from reading this story.

It was the big bag, the that says it’s for sharing. :-(