Happy Valentine's Day! If you're going to get your loved one some chocolate today, make it dark chocolate. A recent study found that people who eat dark chocolate are less likely to be depressed. How exactly is that possible? Ad why is dark chocolate superior to improving moods?
The study evaluated a group of 13,626 people. These people were asked to eat different types of chocolate and then rate their feelings afterwards. People reported a 70% reduced rate of depressive symptoms after consuming dark chocolate. Milk chocolate also boosted moods, but not as much. Maybe this is just coincidence, but maybe not. As a self-proclaimed dark chocoholic, I can attest to its mood-boosting properties.
Chocolate contains several psychoactive and neuromodulating ingredients that can lead to feelings of euphoria. Chocolate is also super palatable for most people, and they really enjoy consuming it. Dark chocolate is especially mood-boosting due to its higher flavonoid content.
So if you want to improve the mood of your loved one today, definitely pick up some quality dark chocolate. I should note that this is not medical or relationship advice. Some people are sensitive to compounds in chocolate and some people just don't like it. So please consider these factors before hand. I don't want to be blamed for allergic reactions or anger from your significant other.
On a side note, if anyone knows how I can sign up to be involved in future chocolate studies, please let me know.