There is a valid reason why diet and dark chocolate can coexist. People who eat this food are less likely to be depressed than those who do not consume it because its psychoactive ingredients produce a sensation of euphoria similar to cannabis.
This is what emerges from a study published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, cited by the Daily Mail. Dark chocolate also has more antioxidants, which reduce inflammation in the body, a reaction that some experts believe is linked to depression.
Scholars at the University of London have admitted that they cannot prove with certainty that chocolate integrated in the diet fights depression, because further studies are needed. However, it remains significant that this food contains psychoactive ingredients, including two forms of anandamine, which produce a sensation of euphoria similar to that of cannabis.
Dr. Sarah Jackson, who led the study, said the results provide “some evidence” that chocolate consumption, particularly dark chocolate, can reduce the risk of depressive symptoms. The researcher added: “However, further research is needed to clarify the direction of causality. It could be because depression causes people to lose their interest in eating chocolate. Or there may be other factors that make people less likely to eat dark chocolate and be depressed.“
The team said: “There are numerous potential mechanisms by which chocolate consumption could prevent the onset or cause a reduction in depressive symptoms. Chocolate contains numerous psychoactive ingredients, including two analogues of anandamine (which produce effects similar to the cannabinoid responsible for the euphoria of cannabis) and several endogenous biogenic amines”.