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Objectives:We reviewed the relationships between chocolate and mood state. Method:We reviewed chocolate’s constituents and hypotheses that was suggested as the mechanisms of chocolate’s mood altering effects. Results: Orosensory properties of chocolate, carbohydrate, protein, psychoactive substances in chocolate and complex rela- tionships of chocolate with neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and opioid could be responsible for ele- vating mood and evoking chocolate cravings. Eating in negative mood state, transient mood stabilizing effect was shown but in case of prolonged use negative mood was maintained. Conclusion:Mood state effects of the cho- colate is thought to be due to other unknown mechanism rather than its antidepressant effect.


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Mood·Chocolate·Antidepressants·Atypical Depression