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02 October 2007

Chocolate cheers you up

A bar of chocolate is a better pick-me-up than a cup of tea, says a new Australian study.

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A bar of chocolate is a better pick-me-up than a cup of tea, according to an Australian study released Tuesday.

Almost half of a sample of 3 000 people diagnosed with depression said they craved chocolate because it raised their mood and helped them cope, the study by Sydney's Black Dog Institute found.

The research, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found chocolate worked wonders for most personality types. Extroverts and perfections were the least likely to get a lift from chocolate.

"Our most intriguing finding was the specificity of the links between chocolate craving and personality styles," the institute's Gordon Parker said. He found 45 percent of the sample craved chocolate when they were depressed. – (Sapa)

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