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The mysterious, dark-coated relationship between chocolate and mood

(Los Angeles Times) [S]tudies demonstrate a connection of some sort between chocolate and mental health — but they don't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, says [Dr. Beatrice] Golomb. To date, researchers don't know whether depression drives chocolate cravings or whether chocolate consumption promotes depression…

As researchers continue to sort out the precise relationship between chocolate and the pleasure it sometimes seems to produce, only one thing remains clear, says [Dr. Gordon] Parker: "It is not, as some would claim, an anti-depressant."

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