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This is an older forum thread, but I thought some good points where brought out: "Any time I eat chocolate. I am depressed for a few days. It could be an allergy to food. But any kind of chocolate and I am blue and down and out for days. Any one else notice this? It is like I think Why am I so depressed? And then I think back to I ate chocolate."

Do you feel that chocolate is in some way related to your depression?  Share your experiences below.

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September 21, 2006 at 2:49 pm
(1) sharon says:

I am also looking for an answer on chocolate and depresson or withdrawl and moodyness.. I have always had it but lately i have really noticed how much it affects me.. anyone have any comment?

October 13, 2006 at 12:46 am
(2) Kathleen says:

YES!!! I too get quite moody after chocolate – very uptight, sad and irritable…. It lasts for about 3 days after having as little as 1 tiny little cube – It would be interesting to see if this cocoa is the connection or perhaps its an artifical sweetener in it etc…

October 21, 2006 at 11:12 pm
(3) Keith says:

Wow, I thought I was the only person in the world with this reaction to chocolate. I’ve noticed this for years. Problem is, I crave chocolate even though it has this effect.

February 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm
(4) Mary says:

Yea, i too crave chocolate but, then again it causes depression. I hate it, but idc cuz i’m gonna keep eating chocolate no matter what!!

April 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm
(5) ann says:

Thank goodness I found that I was not the only person that has suffered with this addiction to chocolate, and having this awful reaction to it. What can we do about it ?

November 13, 2006 at 9:03 am
(6) Debbie says:

I notice this, but I find that it was much worse when I would eat milk chocolate rather than dark chocolate with no milk. I am vegetarian (vegan) and sometimes I find out after the fact that the chocolate I just consumed had trace amounts of milk in it. The next day I have a small amount of depression, but nothing like when I used to eat alot of regular milk chocolate. Also, I am learning slowly that I can be satisfied with a little chocolate rather than a whole bar or bag, and that helps too.

January 1, 2007 at 2:55 pm
(7) moya murphy says:

Finally I am seeing this is a real reaction to chocolate. I have been depressed many mornings lasting into the evening, especially when I eat chocolate before bed. If I have it during the day it does not effect my
mood. It only happens when I eat at night I feel the effects the whole next day. Does it have to do with body rythyms at night while you sleep?
I had chocolate last night New years eve a few pieces at midnight. I an suffereing so badky from sadness and depresion today I cannot get outof the bed. I did not drink. This happens more with milk choc. that with dark.Big difference between the effects of both.

January 7, 2007 at 7:03 pm
(8) Pete says:

I think there is a connection here. I know some people feel that chocolate helps them out of depression but I am convinced for me that it deepens mine. Is it the chocolate….the sugar…..or what?

January 12, 2007 at 4:31 pm
(9) Nancy says:

It’s interesting to know that others have found that chocolate *causes* depression. All the research I have done previously always said that chocolate will only *lift* your mood. I have found that when I eat chocolate, I am revved up and irritable and anxious (to the point where I have trouble breathing because my diaphragm is so tense). I thought anxiety was the only problem I had with chocolate, but I have recently discovered that it also causes me to have a depression that lasts about 3 days. I am just now coming out of a chocolate-iduced depression. I only eat dark chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate chips), so with me, the cause is not milk related.

January 23, 2007 at 1:27 am
(10) Merrill says:

Feeling depressed after having eaten some dark chocolate tonight I am wondering what it is in the chocolate that could induce this feeling in some but not in others.

February 26, 2007 at 11:40 pm
(11) david says:

I too get very depressed after eating chocolate even in the form of ice cream sandwhiches. I also find myself struggling for air when I eat too much sugar or chocolate just before going to bed. I believe this to be an allergic reaction to chocolate. Listen to your body.

March 5, 2007 at 4:14 pm
(12) Luke says:
March 13, 2007 at 11:46 am
(13) Nikki says:

I used to eat alot of chocolate and I felt ok because it was an addiction. But now I get depressed after eating it. I feel extremely crappy for a little while almost immediately after swallowing it. The abc article verifies my point.

March 13, 2007 at 11:53 am
(14) Nikki says:

I was using chocolate to alleviate negative emotions and ended up feeling more depressed as the article stated. I think it may be milk chocolate, but then I don’t really eat dark chocolate.

April 20, 2007 at 8:40 pm
(15) Tom says:

Yes – I get the same exact effect. I don’t even crave it – I just sometimes forget I get this powerful effect and have it occasionally through circumstance. Definietly must not eat chocolate!

April 21, 2007 at 6:10 pm
(16) John C says:

I get the same thing with dark chocolate. I have allergies too that I’m still working out. Bought a large bar of dark choc recently and ended up throwing most of it out as I felt so bad. It’s hard to handle when something that makes others so good makes you feel so bad. (Didn’t consider the research in the article as convincing.)

June 8, 2007 at 2:28 pm
(17) Jean says:

I have eaten Godiva’s for years and never had a problem, however recently been eating other brands – dark chocolate a small piece a day since it is suppose to help with mental abilities. However I went into such a dark depression but I didn’t know it was the chocolate. I stopped eating it due to the acne and never felt this deeply depressed again. I heard there is an agent found in some chocolate which might be causing it.

June 13, 2007 at 5:58 am
(18) Sonya Saunders says:

I too have found that if I indulge in too much chocolate or eat it several days in a row, I slip into a depressed mood, some times quite “black”. I have noticed if I limit myself to a small piece now and then I am OK. I thought it was just me. I do not remembe this being the case when I was much younger, may be somethings have changed in the manufacture of the chocolate who knows.

June 18, 2007 at 7:03 pm
(19) XImena says:

Wow, this explains a lot. Recently I went to my college orientation and the first night I spent there I was crying and was having one of the worst anxiety attacks ever. It lasted onto the next day and then went away. but today I’m feeling like $&^@. At first I thought it was normal college blues, but aside from that I know what inhibited it. The day I got to school I had 3 ice cream sandwiches and last night I had two large scoops of chocolate ice cream. I haven’t had it in a year and now I feel like crap. Wow…

July 7, 2007 at 9:34 pm
(20) Choco-chick says:

Yes, I am a mental health professional and have been telling folks for years that chocolate should be available by prescription only for some of us. I thought the ABC article was incomplete. My experience is the same as many here. The effect lasts for about 3 days.

August 1, 2007 at 6:58 pm
(21) mspie says:

I can’t believe I found this – thank you for re-posting! I have been searching online for quite some time for some mention and confirmation of what I experience whenever I eat chocolate. Basically, the day after indulging (usually just a single bar) I am moody, irritable, depressed and unable to cope with even minor stresses. The moodiness seems to last for at least three days, lessening each day as long as I abstain from chocolate. Honestly, I am a different person when I ingest this stuff. Now, if we could get some clue as to why we are affected by a food this way – that would really be something!

August 22, 2007 at 10:41 pm
(22) cheri says:

wow, I thought i was losing my mind when i notice this happeningt to me. My depression comes from dark chocolate and this is something new happening to me. I have never had this reaction until recently, so i guess its true what they say about your body changing every seven years. I get acne and extremly depressed from any amount of chocolate, but i still crave it and i’m not even a big chocolate eater.

September 18, 2007 at 11:28 am
(23) Cherie says:

I have recently made my own connection to feeling terribly depressed after eating chololate. When I mention to friends, they look at me like I’m nuts. This morning I was prompted to do an internet search to see if there was anyone else with the same problem, and am relieved to know that I am not alone, and maybe I don’t need an antidepressant, just stay away from choloate. I have been off chocolate for a week now, and definitely notice I have not had those real low times.

September 25, 2007 at 2:33 pm
(24) Melody says:

I am so relieved to find out I’m not alone in this. It took me a long time, and a lot of chocolate, to realize where my sporadic depression and irritability were coming from. I just got through a very rough time because 3 days ago I had a craving for a brownie!

October 20, 2007 at 1:27 pm
(25) Paul says:

It’s nice to find out that I’m not the only one who feels down after eating chocolate.

December 15, 2007 at 5:37 pm
(26) Mary Anne says:

Thank You!!!I’ve been validated…during the last few months I have been experience symptoms that I never associated with chocolate. My symptoms include anal itching, gas, profuse sweating at night, deep, deep sleep that is not restful, I drag for days. I think I have finally pinpointed the problem.

December 22, 2007 at 4:07 pm
(27) Kathy says:

For years I occasionally have felt an immediate sadness right after eating chocolate. To the point I would cry!
It happened again today. It doesn’t last long but I sure feel sad for about 5-10 minutes. Good to hear I am not alone.

February 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm
(28) ELAINE says:

SO GLAD I FOUND THIS SITE
CHOCOLATE LEAVES ME IN A GREAT DEPRESSION
A COUPLE OF FRIENDS HAVE THE OPPOSITE AFFECT CHOCOLATE MAKES THEM HAPPY

February 16, 2008 at 6:49 pm
(29) Simon says:

This appears to be quite a common issue.In my case chocolate always causes depression for a few days following eating.But too much also causes headaches/migraines.The sole contributing factor for me is cocoa ! I know this for sure because through experimenting making chocolate pudding (uses no actual chocolate but cocoa as an ingredient) greater amounts of cocoa would cause worse headaches and deeper depression making it neccessary to lessen the amount of the ingredient.Of course the worst thing is like most people I LOVE CHOCOLATE ! A frustrating catch 22 situation.

February 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm
(30) Jenny says:

I knew it! I have suspected for some time now that my instant mood swings were as a result of eating chocolate. It is, in a way, a relief to find out that I wasn’t just using this as an excuse for me being a complete nightmare with quite dark depressive thoughts. It is difficult to avoid the stuff especially when you try to explain to friends how it makes you feel, they look at you as if you are alread quite mad and force it into your hand saying “don’t be stupid it’s only chocolate everyone loves it” Now that I’ve read the comments left on this forum I can back up my refusal to eat chocolate and feel much happier for it. Thank you for leaving this forum on About.com it has certainly saved my sanity.

March 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm
(31) sue lofgren says:

lately I’ve been having these unpredictable bouts of extreme fatigue and anxiety/panic attacks. I’ve suspected it had something to do with something I’ve been eating and have been eliminating certain things from my diet to test the theory. Today I think I may have finally figured it out. Chocolate!
I decided to have some hot chocolate after a hiatis from it for a couple of days. and bingo! within about a half hour I was extremely fatigued and anxious. a few hours later I’m still feeling this way. I also get stuffy and tremble. More like an allergy. I never use to have this problem, what gives? I Love chocolate, I thought it was suppose to be so good for you?

March 17, 2008 at 1:01 pm
(32) Claudia says:

I have suspected for quite some time that chocolate is the cause of my mood swings (and skin breakouts). I have also suspected caffiene because coffee and black tea can cause the same problems. When I alleviate these things my moods are very normal and calm. Chocolate has caffiene in it. White chocolate does not cause these symptoms. Can it be the caffiene? Does anyone who has this problem with chocolate also have the problem with caffiene?

April 16, 2008 at 11:17 pm
(33) Lisa says:

I have the 3-day dark depression after eating chocolate (mild or dark) AND drinking coffee. I noticed a couple of years ago that every time I ate chocolate I would get a headache. A short time after that I noticed the correlation between eating chocolate (despite the headache) and depression that came the following day and lasted for about three days. Next I made the coffee/depression connection. It is an overwhelming depression! I stay away from chocolate, but coffee has been a challenge for me–I go through spurts of wanting it (it is addictive, after all). I am currently off of both and feel 100% better. I believe that we are already finding out all the damage that coffee can wreak on our health (from depression to bone depletion). I hope that chocolate is not the same(for the sake of those who may not feel a negative effect from it), although they both have caffeine. I was glad to find this website and know that I am not alone in this!

May 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm
(34) Diana says:

I first noticed this every year after Halloween because we gave out chocolate bars. I would get an allergic reaction like a slight cold from eating a LOT of chocolate at one time, but not depression. However, since I have gone through menopause, it seems that even a little chocolate (say 5 M&Ms) will make me depressed and even angry for a few days. I wish someone would study this more. If I don’t eat chocolate, I don’t feel depressed, but I still crave it, so it’s hard to stay away from.

May 23, 2008 at 11:56 am
(35) Greg says:

I also experience strange problems after eating chocolate. Never had (or never noticed) these problems until I became addicted to dark chocolate several years ago. Now, if I eat chocolate, even fairly small amounts, I get an initial lift in mood followed by a day or two of a fairly deep depression. What’s worse is the effect it has on my cognitive ability. I lose the ability solve even simple problems or handle even mild stress. This can last from a day to a week depending on how much chocolate I have consumed. When I mention this to my wife, she thinks I’m crazy. I’ve had very little chocolate in the past year and feel much better. However, I still have strong cravings from time to time. It’s insane that you would crave something that makes you feel so bad, weird.

May 23, 2008 at 12:53 pm
(36) bre says:

i have heard that white choclate does cause depression and regular/dark chocolate is like the reverse affect i would e-mail a thereapest or somthing

June 25, 2008 at 6:50 pm
(37) MB says:

Wow! this week i had been having such depression which cummulated in an extremely bad day, more heavy than usual suicide thoughts, and usually i put it down to the monthly cycle however i had only just finished so i thought it was a bit soon. This particular day i had eaten and drunken way too much chocolate! my b/f said to me you are coming down off a sugar high – and i wondered if he might have a point. This past week i had been eating an extra amount of chocolate but i was still feeling tired and depressed so i would eat more hoping to pick me up but it did the opposite. So yesterday i tried to eat nothing high in sugar and wow I felt a lot better. I don’t know that i have had this problem all my life, yes I do suffer depression, but i had never noticed this connection before. perhaps it will be a good motivator to keep off the sugar and chocolate.

July 8, 2008 at 9:20 pm
(38) Elli says:

Coffee and chocolate are major no-no’s for anyone suffering from depression and or anxiety. You could end up in a psychotic state and be put on medication as if you are schizophrenic. Weak tean and lots of water is the go.

July 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm
(39) Patsy says:

Yes, yes, yes, I can totally identify with this! Eating chocolate, especially late at night, induces deep depression and even rage the next day. I think it’s the sugar and caffeine in it.

I’ve also noticed changes in cognitive ability – not being able to do my work properly, make decisions or concentrate. A perfect recipe for procrastination. The world looks like a different place. Small problems become huge issues.

Also, I have similar problems with coffee/tea, soda, any caffeinated beverages. It seems that people prone to depression do get a nice high from these things, but their bodies make them pay for it.

Don’t mean to steer off the topic of chocolate, but alcohol is also a problem.

I think it’s because sugar, caffeine and alcohol all wreak havoc with blood sugar levels. The ‘high’ is followed by a crashing low.

Recently I did a complete detox for 2 weeks under the guidance of a naturopath – the difference in mental and physical wellbeing was utterly amazing. It was as if previously I had been wearing dirty spectacles to view the world, and now everything was clean, shiny and new. Even music sounded better.

July 24, 2008 at 9:33 pm
(40) Matt says:

When I almost eliminated all refined sugars from my diet by eating mostly fruit, vegetables and nuts I felt so much better, I slept better and I was physically very active. Now I have returned from a country where sugar is consumed a lot and I have taken this habit back home. Last night I got up hungry and ate chocolate and cake because there was nothing else, now I wake up really depressed and worn out. I can’t get over it, the smallest problems feel like huge mountains, it brings me back to where I started a really long time ago, I just want an apple or a banana. If you want to feel better then eliminate refined sugar from your diet, one thing will lead to another, you’ll stop eating processed food and more vegetables and fruit, as a result you will become more healthy, you will lose weight, you will feel better. At first it can be hard but if you answer all those sugar cravings with nice fruits then in the long term you will win. I am back to where I started, if there is no sugar in your house then you will not eat it, so it’s really simple. Just don’t buy it.

July 26, 2008 at 11:30 pm
(41) Nathan says:

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I have horrible depression after eating just a tiny bit of chocolate. If I mix sugar or caffine with it it’s even worse. I found a site that helps explain what chocolate does.

http://www.chocolate.org/health/chocprescribe.html

I think that chocolate effects me(us) the way it does because the “anandamide” reacts with a different portion of my mind (this is just a big guess for me)

Sugar and caffine can speed up or “focus” the problem more by providing energy when this happens. That’s what I’m assuming, until someone can tell me for sure why chocolate makes me so depressed.

August 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm
(42) dn says:

I have really noticed lately that when I eat any amount of chocolate, within the hour I have no patience, am cranky, feel angry,….and then I am overcome with guilt for being so short with everyone! When I stay away from chocolate I feel a lot more calm and can cope with things more easily. I just googled this and am relieved to find that it’s not just me! I wonder if it is all the trans-fat and msgs in some of it I have yet to try it out with organic dark chocolate.

August 18, 2008 at 9:16 pm
(43) Laura says:

I’ve been on Citalopram for a few months. I got a bump up in milligrams and was finally feeling some motivation to do things again. Suddenly, I was irritable, very depressed, crying, thinking thoughts I hadn’t thought in months – Why!?! I suspected several chocolate bars I had the night before (something I don’t often do) I Googled it – sigh, wish it wasn’t true, but obviously it is!!! The word needs to be spread. Wonder how many of my “moods” in years past were chocolate related . . .

August 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm
(44) IG says:

Hi,

Thought I’d put in my 2 cents worth. When I was younger I hated chocolate… made me sick to eat it. Now that I’m through menopause I love it. Makes me feel wonderful when I eat it but for only a day unless I keep eating it. My understanding is that chocolate stimulates seritonion production in the brain. If your brain is producing enough seritonion if the first place and you take or eat something that causes the body to produce more seritonion then you are going to become more irritable and wired feeling… general you’ll feel awful. However, as you age your body may not produce the proper amount of seritonion that your brain needs, so that’s why lots of older women crave chocolate. It up’s your seritonion level for a short time. The down side is that within a few hours the seriotonion levels start to drop off unless you keep eating chocolate. As it drops off you will start to become depressed for about 3 days until your body settles back into it’s normal amount of seritonion, then you will not feel depressed anymore. If you are young and don’t have a craving for chocolate then your brain is probably making the right amount of seritonion for you, so when you eat it it could possibly make you feel horrible. So don’t eat it. My theory is that your brain has too seritonion. In about 3 days it should wear off. That’s my experience with chocolate over the years. Hope this helps.

September 23, 2008 at 7:14 pm
(45) rita says:

i am so glad to have found this list of comments. i suffer from depression after eating chocolate. my friends laugh at me and say right!?

October 6, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(46) mary says:

I recently noticed after drinking hot chocolate without milk that I feel very depressed. After reading your comments I now know that I am not crazy.

October 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm
(47) Wanda says:

Wow! This is the first time I’ve heard of anyone else getting into a “funk” from eating chocolate. My hubby and I have suspected for years that chocolate was NOT my friend but never could find anything to support it. When you’re a woman especially, it’s easy for everyone to blame the bad mood on your period, kids making you batty, and just the “daily grind”. What makes it worse is how much chocolate is pushed and the widely held belief that it’s good for your mood. Well, the past week is the last straw for me and it’s time to give it up totally. Hubby and I were talking about that maybe I needed *medication* for goodness sakes! I wonder how many folks end up under treatment and the culprit is chocolate:( Maybe it *should* be considered a legal drug like alcohol & nicotine.

November 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(48) Beth says:

What a relief to find this thread…when I searched around last Halloween after I’d eaten a lot of chocolate and become severely irritated and depressed (I only eat chocolate when I have it around the house), the only info said chocolate elevated your mood, so I thought I was making it up. When it happened again this year I felt pretty sure it was something real — and now that I see others have the same problem I am definitley not going to be eating chocolate again. After eating chocolate I am irritable and unable to accomplish normal tasks for a number of days, also after eating a number of pieces of chocolate last night this morning I woke up with a terrible headache.

November 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm
(49) David says:

Thanks for posting this. I am able to connect the dots on this one. I guess I never believed how chocolate would effect me until I was able (with great difficulty) to stay away from it for four days. I noticed rashes disappearing, better mood, better sleep and easier time focusing on tasks at work and home. Before reading this, I thought chocolate helped with low energy and depression.

November 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm
(50) Kathy says:

I am so glad to have found this site. I have had terrible depression after eating chocolate. I love it too. Especially dark. However I started noticing the connection over the last few years. This past Halloween we had a lot of it left over and I could not resist. Well I paid for it with the worst depression I have had in a while. I am swearing off it now as a little chocolate is not worth feeling so bad I don’t even want to get out of bed in the morning or all day for that matter. I guess for some of us it is just a trigger and may not effect other people that way, but it sure does me! Thanks for sharing your stories! God bless! Kathy

November 25, 2008 at 4:24 pm
(51) Chloe says:

OMG…I have spent the past three days totally and completely
depressed. I thought I was losing my mind. I ate a few pieces
of dark chocolate a few nights ago and then started craving it
the next two nights. I ate it again those next two nights and
the extent of the craving felt like a drug calling to me…I ate
dinner and all I could think about is eating more chocolate. By this morning, I was feeling like I wanted to literally die…Crying so hard, I couldn’t stop. I’ve never quite had an experience like this before.
Dark chocolate used to give me a headache, but this time it didn’t.
It just caused me to have a complete mental collapse… It’s
a scary feeling! So glad to have found this site….and see that
others are having similar issues. (not that I’m happy you guys
are having similar issues…but happy to see that chocolate for
some can be a real problem)

December 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm
(52) jility says:

For years I have noticed that chocolate gives me terrible anxiety. I am vegan so I only eat chocolate with no milk but some kinds are worse than others.
Last nght I was awake most of the night with the worst anxiety I have ever had in my life.
My mother killed herself and now I know why. She ate a LOT of chocolate! She said she would lie awake every night worrying. I am now convinced it was from Chicolate!
Why don’t health care people make this public!!!! Has there ever been a study on suicide and Chocolate?

December 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm
(53) rose says:

it’s probably the sugar. Sugar is known to cause depression.
R

January 13, 2009 at 9:57 pm
(54) Paula says:

Yes, chocolate makes me very depressed. I wondered why it is prescribed in certain health books to do good for various parts of the body. If I ate a whole bar of chocolate as is prescribed, I’d really get deeply depressed.

What I’m looking for is the chemical reason.

January 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm
(55) Shari says:

Amazing. I completely identify with what Wanda said, right down to considering anti-depressants because my mood swings seemed so off the wall. As depressed as I’m feeling at the moment (I visited with my Mom yesterday and she gave me a tin of my favorite CHOCOLATE cookies, and I consumed quite a few of them already), I feel better knowing there is a definite connection and what to avoid in the future. Thank you so much for sharing all your stories – very much appreciated.

February 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(56) linda says:

Thank God for this posting….. I thought I was imagining it when the day after I eat chocolate( and I really do not like it) I cry hysterically about nothing….or very little things. I mostly avoid chocolate, but I forget the consequenses sometimes and think …No ,it must be my imagination.
when I was in my twenties I ate chocolate everyday ( even though I do not care for the taste) and was depressed for years.

February 11, 2009 at 7:11 am
(57) maps says:

Thank you all for sharing your comments. I recently noticed the connection between stress and irritability and chocolate. I decided to go ‘cold turkey’ and felt great, then when I felt I could ‘control it’ I started eating chocolate again. The moodiness came back within hours. It was as clear as night and day. I don’t know why it happens. Much like other comments, it takes me about 3 days to get back to my normal self – so long as I don’t keep eating any. The biggest challenge is that I love sweet things, so I’m learning to bake other types of goodies. Best of luck to you all.

February 19, 2009 at 2:27 pm
(58) James says:

I broke up with my girlfriend on Christmas, It was after eating a box of Lindors, Something totally out of character for me to do! I realize as little as a recess piece will affect me, and like the others, 3 days for it to clear my system. I have tried organic, dark, all types, but they all affect me! So NO chocolate for me!!! :-)

February 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm
(59) Barb says:

I eat healthy dark chocolate. It has no refined sugar or added caffein. I feel great! In fact, I’m off my Lexapro. It’s called Xocai. It’s not cheap but is well worth the cost, not just for chocolate lovers.

March 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm
(60) Nicola says:

This thread has really enlightened me.
I especially like Wanda’s post. I’ve been suffering on and off bouts of depression for a while now and had been on anti depressants before. Last year I decided to give up chocolate for lent and other refined sugars and noticed an immediate lift. But started the chocolate again afterwards and didn’t figure the link. Anyway back on lent again- a week now and my mood is just lifting. I was on the verge of going for anti depressants again, just prior to this as my mood swings, irritabilty, poor sleep, poor motivation, bouts of nervousness and anger were just too much to bear. And I used chocolate believing that I needed it to lift these moods, or get me through the day, when it was probably exascerbating them.
I think studies need to be done. How many people think they are depressed or are prescribed anti depressants when the culprit may be something in the diet like chocolate? Coffee also makes me cranky too.

March 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(61) Jackie says:

I have the same problem with chocloate. Was diagnosed years ago to have excessive levels of copper. Chocolate is high in copper as are nuts. I have a similar problem with depresson after eating nuts. Could be a connection. Google cooper toxicity.

March 27, 2009 at 3:47 am
(62) Paky says:

I have so much chocolate every day, especially since I turned 14 a few weeks ago from all the leftovers and presents of chocolate and the past couple of days I have been so depressed. I am so jealous of movie stars and lately I have been obsessed over Emma Watson and can’t stop thinking about how perfect and lucky she is and I just randomly start crying when I think about her.
Lately I’ve been worring about how much chocolate I consume and now i have the answer to my depression!! yay

March 27, 2009 at 3:53 am
(63) Paky says:

Sorry, just to continue on with my comment, I wanted to ask if this could be due to the fact that your taste buds change every 7 years and now I’m 14 that I have this alergy to chocolate?

March 28, 2009 at 11:34 am
(64) KEW says:

If you want to be certain it’s the chocolate and not another ingredient such as sugar, artificial sweetener, or artificial flavor that’s making you depressed or grumpy, try eating pure chocolate with nothing added to it. You can get unsweetened baking chocolate at the grocery store: Ghirardelli is available in a 4OZ bar. Be warned: unsweetened, pure chocolate is the most disgusting tasting stuff on the planet. It’s the sugar added that makes us crave a substance that by itself tastes so awful. And in nature, when something tastes awful, that’s a sign that it isn’t good for us… regardless of what the proponents of these things say.

March 28, 2009 at 11:50 am
(65) KEW says:

Paky: When you crave chocolate, eat pure, unsweetened chocolate. You’ll soon develop an aversion to anything chocolate because you’ll be reminded of how awful it tastes when it hasn’t been “doctored up” with sugar and flavors. Then, develop a habit of eating fresh fruit. Have you visited the produce department and feasted on all the beautiful, colorful, fresh, juicy, nutritious fruits that are produced by rain and sunshine and fertile soil all over the world for your personal enjoyment? You will feel so much better about yourself when you eat fresh fruit that was designed for your body, rather than a processed “food” like chocolate. And one more thing: you’re prettier than you think you are. All women are.

April 17, 2009 at 11:36 am
(66) sandra says:

yes me too if i eat chocolate i feel tearfull the next day grumpy and on edge maybe its sugar overdose its the same with white and rose wine only red is ok

April 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm
(67) Robert says:

I think I’ve just realized this might affect me as well. But I am already on SSRI and antianxiety pills. I had chocolate last night, and again tonight, and just made the connection afterwards, worried about what I could be in for tomorrow.

May 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm
(68) janetwm says:

Don’t believe all the hype that chocolate is good for you even in small doses. I am in bed now because I ate some chocolate last night before bed, not very much, just some of M & M’s. I woke this morning very depressed and I have been unable to do anything all day. Very depressed, tired, and unmotivated. Also, anxious and unorganized, almost similar to ADD. I tested postive to a chocolate allergy on a food allergy test and even though I have always craved it, I never made the connection between my mood swings and chocolate until the test. What I gathered from the test that might help someone is that one of the ingredients in chocolate that can cause a reaction is tyramine. I tested positive to every othr food that has tyramine in it also, unfortunately foods I love. I have read that a food craving is not necessarily what your body needs, but can actually be the last thing your body needs. Your cravings can be your worst enemy. That was my findings about myself anyway. Pasta was also a favorite, but I found I was sensitive to gluten.

I would recommend a food sensitivity and allery test. My doctor is an integrated Physician and he uses labs that others doctors may not credit, but these labs can uncover so much more that some standard labs.

If I stick to my elimination diet, I feel like a different person. Today, is a much needed reminder that even a little of a bad thing can cause a lot of woe.

Hope this helps and thanks for all your posts. It encouraged me that “chocolate depression” is not in our heads, or maybe I should say, it is in our heads, because it effects our neurotransmitters. I think saying that we are not crazy is better.

Hugs,

Janetwm

May 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(69) janetwm says:

Sorry, I forgot to add. My doctor told me that when I had eaten something that adversely effected me, including moods, to take an Alka Seltzer Gold and it would help alleviate the symptoms. IT WORKS! Even with depression and anxiety. Hope this helps.

Hugs again, Janet

June 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm
(70) Rod says:

I truely thought I was on top of having bouts of depression. I had not felt this low for 2 years. Nothing in my personal life had changed to bring on an episode of depression. However I must say I had 100 grams of dark choclate before bed last night. From the moment I woke up I felt very misserable and sad. The fact is if we want to we can always find something to be sad about. I don’t have enough friends, my friends don’t treat me right, I hate my job, I’m stupid, ugly, fat. The list is endless.
Conversly we can always find something to be positive about.

If chocolate does cause my mind to think in a negative depressed manner I will be avoiding it. However I will say it seems this experience was cased by having chocolate before bed.

July 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm
(71) Rachel says:

Thank you janetwm for commenting about it actually being an allergy. After having my second child I discovered that he suffered from many food allergies. In the process of figuring all of them out, I put my daughter on the same “diet” as him. Within days it was extremely clear she also had multiple food allergies as well. However, her symptoms were extremely different. They included mood swings, crankiness, crying, whining, tantrums, ADD type symptoms like spacing out, violence when she couldn’t complete tasks, etc. Chocolate is a big one for her. I only use Enjoy Life chocolate chips for my kids as the only ingredients come from cocao bean and cane sugar. I have also found that when I consume chocolate I am extremely moody and short tempered. I think for anyone with these symptoms, please consider that it is an actual allergy.

A friend had recommended a book to me called Is This Your Child, by Doris Rapp. I realize that it pertains to children, but there is a ton of useful information in it that will surprise you. I kept thinking about how it described me. It also says to take an alka-seltzer type medication to stop the symptoms, which would only confirm that it is an allergy.

July 23, 2009 at 8:32 am
(72) Lorna says:

Oh my goodness I just found this! I stopped eating chocolate to cure my acne which I have had for years and I had a bad headache for a couple of days until my sugar levels leveled out and afterwards I felt fine. I also have CFS/M.E so my tiredness and everything is very present but I was able to do a whole day trip to London for a magazine fashion shoot and I Was fine… because I hadn’t eaten chocolate in about 5 days. I went to the cinema and I had a few sweets and chocolate and about an hour after I was in a really bad mood, angry, moody and depressed for a while after with a headache. Then yesterday I ate a chocolate bar and the same thing happened! I have to say after not eating sugar and chcolate my acne is really clearing up and all the times I have been in a really bad mood and they wanted to put me on anti depressants and I’ve been feeling ill and tired is most likely because of how much chocolate I was eating I was eating loads everyday because of craving it. I’m now going a whole week without any to see how I feel. I will update in a week what kind of affect it has on me. I’m so glad I found this I thought I was going mad!

September 10, 2009 at 9:27 pm
(73) Cathy says:

I can’t believe I came across these comments. Just today I started speculating that the source of my depression was chocolate, so I came home and googled it and here I am!!!! I had 2 pieces of dark chocolate this week and I have felt horribly depressed and fatigued. This is day one without chocolate since I had the two pieces. I am curious to see, if like everyone else has said, if the depression will leave me in a couple of days. Coffee is definitely a no, no for me. I KNOW that coffee definitely makes me feel depressed. I think in the chocolate it’s a combination of the caffeine and sugar. I really think that’s the culprit.

September 16, 2009 at 11:53 pm
(74) Ploppy says:

Yep, after drinking hot cocoa for a few months I nearly developed psychotic depression. The above confirms what I felt. It is something in this wicked product that playse havoc with ones brain.

September 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm
(75) Cathy says:

I wanted to follow-up to say that after not having any chocolate I really do feel so much better. I have made the decision that no more chocolate for me…ever. It’s just not worth it.

October 3, 2009 at 2:25 am
(76) Stephanie says:

I have to repeat what I have read here, I am SO glad to have come across this blog. I have suspected chocolate was at the root of my mood tanking suddenly but couldn’t really put it together. I am now in menopause and it is so much worse. Immediate reaction, depression, anger, just bleak! And in a day or so, fine again. One piece, sugar or barley malt or whatever does it. That’s it for me. Thanks!!

October 11, 2009 at 9:59 am
(77) ACS says:

After reading this I have realized I am not the only one getting irritated, angry and down after eating chocolate. I started to realize that chocolate had this effect on my about a year ago. Everytime I had eaten chocolate I was easily irritated and started quarrels with my man. I also would start strange and negative monolouges about him and our relationship. Later I wouldn`t really understand what had happened. Its a little shocking to understand that I react this way after eating chocolate which I always crave. When I eat it I feel great, warm and happy, then after a while the bad effects come. I guess I have to give up dark chocolate. Damn, I have always loved to both eat and drink it. Its almost erotic to me. But now I understand that after a while its also the cause of anger, sadness and conflicts.

October 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm
(78) Shay says:

THANK ALL OF YOU! My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 6 and 1/2 years. The first 4 were long distance so it wasn’t as noticeable, but after we moved in together, my extreme mood swings became evident. I made sure to stay hydrated, kept a close watch on my hypoglycemia, and even tried therapy for unresolved issues. However, it wasn’t until talking to a friend about the amount of chocolate that I consumed that I realized there might have been a problem. My boyfriend smokes and I have given him a hard time about quitting. At least I did until I tried to quit chocolate. It was like cocaine or heroin. I would break out in sweats standing in the super market line seeing all the varieties of chocolate. However, after 5 months I am still chocolate free, in a sense. Every once in a while we will indulge with maybe a tablespoon of chocolate, if that much. However, since I made this vow to no longer eat chocolate, I am no longer violent, constantly angry, extremely jealous, or depressed all the time. Reading everyone’s commentary made me realize, I am not alone in this. So thank you, because before this, I thought it was only me.

October 20, 2009 at 6:57 pm
(79) penny says:

I never used to eat chocolate because it gave me terrible headaches but now that I don’t get headaches I’ve been eating it every day and I feel unusually depressed and irritable. I’m usually a pretty good natured, happy person but lately I’ve just felt like a moody, sad person! After reading all these posts I’m 100% certain it’s the chocolate. What a relief! I guess I’ll only have chocolate on special occasions from now on because if I have a little bit now and then I’m fine. Thanks everyone!

November 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm
(80) jaday says:

I also have this reaction with Chocolate. I was wondering people with this reaction, are you also taking depression meds? and what is working for you??
thanks Jd

November 22, 2009 at 2:56 am
(81) Mark says:

After eating chocolate, I get very very melancholy. If I have eaten it in the course of the day, I will lie awake at night thinking of everything in my life that does or did make me sad. Sometimes it takes hours to fall asleep, spinning with these thoughts. My sister recognized the same affect on her. She had suicidal thoughts, perhaps the effect of the chocolate exaggerating her feelings of sadness into deep depression. I have given up chocolate.

November 28, 2009 at 1:58 am
(82) kevin says:

I thought I was nuts. right after eating dark chocolate I feel right into a nasty depression. Only hours after I consumed it

December 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm
(83) Jean says:

Another confirmed case of chocolate induced depression. I’ve been getting this since I was a kid. Been diagnosed with major depression when I was 16. I still indulge in chocolate ever so often. I just have to live with the consequences for a few days.

December 28, 2009 at 1:18 am
(84) suzy says:

Finding this thread has sent me down a rabbit hole I never expected! The following article has me convinced that it’s chocolate’s high copper content that has most of us feeling out of whack. Please read this article through to the end…the end is the most fascinating part.

http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/copper_toxicity_syndrome.htm

January 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm
(85) Harvey says:

20 years ago I worked in medical research as a young man and found out myself the link between chocolate and moods. A cooleague of mine noted my extended periods of ‘lethargy’ at work, and joined the dots. When I felt sad about something I would eat more chocolate, lots of it. That made me feel low again, or worse. So I ate more chocolate. The spirals could last days or even a week.

His advice was to stop chocolate for a month then enjoy a hit. The next day I felt like I’d been hit by a train. These were physical symptoms. The psychological ones were there too, just harder to isolate against the background issues of a dysfunctional 19 year old.

Our bodies learn to cope with and reduce the impact of our ‘allergic’ responses. Physically and mentally we learn to manage. Kind of. Sudden shifts in our baseline chocolate consumption throw more accute and discernable reactions. Unless you stop the chocolate for a while or go on a severe binge you may find it hard to identify the constant harmful effects it makes on your ability to stay positive. Ever wondered why Christmas day starts off all smiles and finishes with an emotional avalanche? Chocolate. (although it doesn’t help that your family really are a bunch of nut jobs!)

The bad news is that you’re up against it. We can only imagine how much money they make selling chocolate, so the marketing pressure to consume is not likely to go away. It’s eveywhere you look, anywhere on the globe. No one is likely is to make profit telling you *NOT* to eat chocolate are they?

Beside, you *LOVE* the stuff! Try the one month sobriety test and see for yourself. Not one gram for 4 weeks, then go on a binge. Do not operate heavy machinery the following day and refrain from talking to ex-girlfriends.

Good luck kicking the habit.

February 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm
(86) chocolate man says:

yes, chocolate can cause deppesion, espessialy if you all ready suufer from depression it can make it much worse,, u wouldent think chocolate would make you deppressed but ask your doctor and he will tell you that it can course deppresion in surtane people,,, some people can eat chocolate all day and feel fine but some can eat it and feel deppressed fro days, some times 4 weeks,,, ITS VERY STRAGE…I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU GUYS OUT

February 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm
(87) canuckgirl says:

I used to drink coffee with milk and sugar. When I cut out the sugar, I found the coffee didn’t cause anxiety or depression anymore. Same goes with chocolate. If I eat chocolate, dark or light, I end up depressed for a day or two after. I am wondering if it’s the combination of caffiene and sugar. My sister has the same problem, so we are guessing it’s genetic. To add to this, I can only drink dry wine, not sweet wine, not mixed drinks and not beer. Otherwise I suffer the same as when I eat chocolate.

February 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(88) jon says:

I think alot of these problems are consistent with candida syndrome….your body will metabolise the sugars into a kind of alcohol which then causes you all of the problems u mention……..thats what is was for me…..a candida diet, acidopilus and coconut oil all changed my life for good, I can now eat chocolate in moderate amounts (such as a bar after food) with virtually no affect, other than a slight lift in mood by the sugar rush….good luck to all…..

March 1, 2010 at 1:03 am
(89) Anita says:

I have been having this reaction to chocolate for many years. I would eat it and after a day I would get depressed for 3 days. It took awhile to make the connection and it’s taken even longer for me to make the commitment to not eat it anymore. I haven’t had chocolate for almost a year. But, there’s no way it was the sugar in it that caused the depression. I still indulge in high sugar cookies and candy and cake, but no depression follows. And tea and coffee don’t do it, either, just chocolate! And like someone else said, it can be as little as 5 M&Ms!

March 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm
(90) Fred says:

Dark chocolate has high amounts of theobromide and caffeine – both are stimulants. Some people can eat chocolate and not feel anxiety or depression afterwards – just like some people can drink 5 cups of coffee per day and not feel bad. However, many of us are sensitive to the stimulant effects. We are more prone to anxiety or panic attacks and depression. The chemical ingredients in dark chocolate have a reverse effect in these people – instead of “stimulating”, it pushes you over the brain activation edge and causes depression.

I personally have no doubt that dark chocolate does this to me. After eating it for a few days, I will be deeply depressed for 3 days. But I have a very difficult time avoiding chocolate even though it kills me – I’m addicted.

March 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(91) Suomi says:

I have been wondering that the last few days…I dodnt have chocolate for a week and at the weekend I had 2 big bars and each time I felt depressed after eating it…then I wondered if it does cause depression ir sadness, so I searched the net and found out that Im not the only one who thinks so….

March 9, 2010 at 1:07 am
(92) Lynette says:

I am so relieved that I’m not alone! It took me almost 50 years to connect the short periods of deep depression and feelings of rage to the eating of chocolate and I love the stuff! The last couple of years I would notice the bad mood coming usually right after eating chocolate and it would last 2 or 3 days. I actually started wondering about the connection a couple of years ago, right around Christmas, when I would eat the little boxes of Whitman’s chocolates and way more chocolate candy than ususal…that’s when I first noticed the connection to feeling bad and eating chocolate! Wow, I was starting to wonder!

March 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm
(93) lynda says:

actually makes me get over a bad mood.

March 17, 2010 at 6:56 am
(94) Alison Thomas says:

I gave up chocolate about 5 years ago (and very sweet things such as cakes, jam etc. but not all sugar) and I am a different person. I use to eat lots of chocolate and I was very depressed, desolate and agressive with a very short fuse.
I somehow discovered the link and when I tell people they look at me blankly as if I am mad. It is wonderful to know I’m not and that all you people have found the same.

My only worry is how many people have a simple problem with chocolate that is not identified and end up suffering, taking anti depressants and affecting the lives of the people around them? Its a very sad thought, I hope anyone suffering from depression just gives it a go. Stop the chocolate for one week and see how you feel.

Thanks again and keep up the good work everyone!!!

March 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(95) Mike says:

I noticed chocolate causing me to feel down shortly after eating it some time ago and I avoid it. I just ate 1 serving of chocolate lava cake and within 30 min. I was teary eyed with depression. I forgot that anything chocolate makes me more depressed than I already am due to bipolar depression that I take medicine for. It is comforting to read that others find this same reaction and I agree that when I have shared this with others, they have acted like they had never heard of such a thing.

April 8, 2010 at 9:02 am
(96) jolly says:

So reassuring to find this thread. Nearly 20 years ago I realised that I became depressed after eating chocolate ( dark, milk, white, even foods with chocolate powder) and stopped eating chocolate. I shared this news with colleagues at work and they would let me know whenever I seemed irritable with them. I would check everything I had eaten and always found some hidden chocolate in my recent diet.
I have avoided chocolate since. Recently I became very irritable one evening and the following night spent 2 hours in tears for no apparent reason. next day realised I recognised the symptoms from years ago and checked a new breakfast cereal I had been eating for 2 days – there low in the list of ingredients was chocolate powder. I stopped eating it immediately. 2 weeks on I am still feeling down but not as desperate as that dreadful night.
This all makes me wonder if the reported increase in cases of depression over recent years might be linked to the popularity of eating chocolate. When I was a child chocolate was only for ‘high days and holidays’.

April 30, 2010 at 8:46 am
(97) emily says:

Years ago I suffered from depresion. When I went to a specialist I filled out a questioner about foods I often ate a lot of. My dr. told me to lay off the chocolate. I did and improved a lot. When I do eat a lot of chocolate I notice that I too became very depressed. If I crave it I can eat a small portion and I am ok. But if I over indulge I get depressed.

April 30, 2010 at 8:51 am
(98) emily says:

Years ago I went to a dr. for my depression and he had me check off a list of foods that I ate a lot of. And chocolate was one of them. He told me to stop eating it and I did and after time I began to feel much better. I have noticed that when I eat a lot I become very depressed. When I only eat enough to satisy my craving I am ok. So I believe that it does have an effect on you.

April 30, 2010 at 10:49 am
(99) andrew says:

Please search Candida Albacans. Chocolate has lots of sugar and causes an imbalance with your Acid to Alkaline ratio in our stomach/intestinal tract. Candida is one of the most nasty ailments that doctors overlook and some dont even beleive in. Take a Candida survey and find out how many symptoms you have. Depression is one of them. Go on a restrictive Candida diet by eliminating all sugar and gluten(all grains, fruit, caffine, alchohol and man-made carbs) for 3 solid weeks and see if you feel better with all your symptoms.

April 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(100) Maggie says:

I too have searched the internet for an explantion as to why I get sad every time I eat chocolate. I have noticed this for years and thought it was only me! And also with me it last for exactly 3 days. I can count on it 3 days every time. I’m so glad I found this article. Thank you.

April 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm
(101) Rich says:

I feel great after eating chocolate and my favorite early afternoon snack is a Giant Hershey w/almonds. Picks me up and gets me going for the rest of the day. Great brain food.

May 2, 2010 at 8:22 am
(102) mary says:

after year’s of loving chocolate and eating massive amounts as a comfort food I have just linked it to my bouts of depression which seems to be getting worse as I get older. I am so glad to have found other people with the same expriences. I feel more than happy to cut it out of my life for good and hope that I will soon feel the benefits of a chocolate free live.

May 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm
(103) Lori Bautista says:

I agree with most of you that I have turned to chocolate in the past and felt worse. I believe it’s because of how it’s processed where it loses most of it’s nutrients as well as how there is processed sugars and oils/hydrogenated oils added to all chocolate you find at the stores. I started eating a “healthy chocolate” and it has changed my life it’s like a light switch was turned on. If you want more info on it email me at lori@loriloanlady.com and I will get you more info.

August 17, 2010 at 6:22 am
(104) rupali says:

hi guys,,,,,,,,,,i used to feel extremely unlucky because i get severe depression attack after consuming chocolates,but now i think i m not alone,

September 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm
(105) Frances says:

When ever I drink cocoa with artificial sweetener I get really depressed, so it ain’t the sugar, its the cocoa.

September 10, 2010 at 5:43 am
(106) sarah says:

I have suspected for about 12 months that this was the case for me..but I never expected that it was the case for others. I get overwhelmed, moody, irritable, angry with my children, fatigued, depressed. I just thought that I was weird:-) I wondered if it may be the amines as I think ( but don’t know) that if I have banannas as well it’s heaps worse. Something about not having enough of the enzymes to process the amines ( monoamine oxidase)? The opposite to what you would expect as they used to prescribe mono-amine oxidase as an antidepressant. I am none the wiser but very greatful to know it’s not just me and I can just avoid chocolate.

September 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm
(107) Kathy W. says:

A study this year indicates that chocolate may actually cause depression:

http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20100426/more-chocolate-means-more-depression-or-vice-versa

I love chocolate, but the studies that show that it enhances mood are largely funded by the chocolate industry, and not reliable. Chocolate also contains lots of copper & some cadmium, a toxic metal. Studies have found that older people who consume a lot of copper-rich foods have higher rates of dementia.

So it’s probably best to limit chocolate to the occasional treat…

September 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm
(108) Pete says:

Chocolate usually contains lecithin, which contains choline. The brain neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, is made from choline. Too much acetylcholine relative to the other transmitters, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, is believed to be the biological cause of depression. Generally, as the amount of acetylcholine increases in the brain, the amounts of the other neurotransmitters decrease. Other foods to watch out for are eggs and fish, which also contains a signicant amount of choline and may cause depression in some individuals. People predisposed to depression should also avoid fish oil and supplements containing choline. This is not well-known information and contradicts most of the knowledge about choline in circulation.

Here is link that discusses the role of acetylcholine in depression:

http://www.acnp.org/g4/GN401000095/CH.html

October 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm
(109) Lisa says:

I have discovered the same thing that many of you have, but it is deeper in that milk products are the offender and adding sugar to it is what causes me to feel depression. It was an “Ah ha” moment when I realized this, and no chocolate was involved at the particular time. So chocolate is a problem for me as well, due to the fact that it contains milk product in it combined with sugar. I have not experimented enough with cocoa alone to know if it is an offender.

October 27, 2010 at 9:28 am
(110) Bonnie says:

wow this makes me feel so much better I was always being told by friends when I was depressed or upset that I should eat some chocolate to make me feel better. Thing is chocolate does nothing but make my bad mood worse, I like chocolate but just end up getting moodier after I eat it. It does not last for days like for some but for a couple of hours, and it almost never makes me feel better about anything, its nice to know I am not the only one who gets a bit depressed with chocolate other then the other way around.

November 17, 2010 at 9:53 am
(111) Carla Lee says:

I have it too and it gets worse the more frequently that I eat chocolate. Now I can’t even have a handful of M&Ms without going into irritation and possibly a rage for three days. I noticed that it is worse the darker the chocolate. Of course it could be a mix of the sugar and chocolate together.

I call it an allergy but I’m happy that I’m not the only one out there.

December 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(112) Annie says:

What a relief to find this blog! I’ve researched this several times over the past years, and a recent bout of sadness triggered another attempt to get to the bottom of it.
All the articles I had read in the past regarding chocolate was contrary to how chocolate was making ME feel.

It does not lift my mood as some articles had suggested-anything but that. Yet I crave it occasionally.

I love chocolate but I don’t love the after effects. Within 2-3 hours of eating just a little bag of M&M’s or whatever, I’m weeping. For years, like many others, I thought I was losing my mind. After reading many of the posts, I already feel better knowing that there is something to this, and I’m just going to have to accept chocolate is not my friend and stay away from it. :(

December 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm
(113) Marta says:

Last time I ate a chocolate bar I ended up throwing out all the candy I got for christmas, just to get some kind of revenge on my mom because for some reason I was just so angry at her and the entire world. Once the chocolate effect wore off, looking back it all made no sense.. it’s like it just puts you in this weird angry fog (and I’m normally a VERY calm and pleasant person). I just recently made the connection to the chocolate and thought I must be insane, but finding this I’m surprised of never heard of anyone having the problem before!

January 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm
(114) keith says:

Hey , am so glad i found this today, i have been having this problem for years , just like today i ate to much chocolate and now i feel like am going crazy, so glad am not alone on this,

January 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm
(115) Karen Clark says:

I have known for years about this disorder and I avoid chocolate at all costs!I wonder how many temper tantrums by small children are caused by chocolate ! I think there should be a huge awareness campaign for parents, teachers and doctors.. my doctor thought I was crazy when I told him I had narrowed down my depression to chocolate ! Thats a DOCTOR !

January 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm
(116) bee-em-bee says:

I am soooo pleased to have found this blog. I thought i was the only person in the world who had this reaction to chocolate. I only need a miniscule amount to send me into deep depression for 3 days – just like the rest of you guys!!! It seems to have got worse over the years – and now i have determined to give it up for good. It is just not worth the horrible reaction. I don’t miss it at all. It would be really interesting if someone was to do some research using all of us lot on this blog to see if something could be definitely isolated in chocolate that causes the reaction of depression in us. Then maybe they could manufacture choclate without that certain ingredient!!! Maybe this is just a dream but its a good one!!!

February 5, 2011 at 7:08 am
(117) Tree says:

WOW!
I’m SO glad I found these posts! Chocolate definitely makes me depressed, I’ve been discovering a definite link between eating chocolate and being depressed in the 2 or 3 days that follow. The late-at-night carryover suggestion might apply. Today I was having suicidal thoughts which is unusual for me, and I was feeling so good this week! (Trying to remember but I think I have been off chocolate the past few days so that would explain it…)
I am sure sugar does similar things though- it definitely makes me “crash” when I have too much sugar- and that includes natural sugar like in grapes- very high natural sugar. It can be genetic- my dad is diabetic (type II though) and my mom has some form of hypoglycemia which means she also experiences fatigue several hours after eating sugar but not to the extent I do. When I have sugar, particularly a lot of sugar, particularly on an otherwise empty stomach I have felt so tired that I would sit down on the floor of shopping malls, or ask my mom for the keys to her car so I could sleep there while they finished shopping.
It hasn’t always been the case though. My guess is it can be a cumulative thing, or depend on what other stresses you are going through in your life, particularly if you have tough decisions to make, or stress or pressure to deal with, it probably inhibits your coping mechanisms for those things.
My guess is that the reason chocolate is particularly affecting me badly is the tension between me and my parents and the fact that I’m trying to get well-enough paying job so I can move out of the house and other related pressures. Maybe if life was sweet and easy, our diets were otherwise perfect and we had all the other nutrition we needed to cope with daily demands chocolate and sugar would not have such an effect?

March 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm
(118) FatherInIndia says:

I have a twenty-one month old daughter and most of my relative like feeding her with chocolates. I noticed about two months ago that this normally happy and intelligent child would become irritable and a total cry-baby suddenly and I began suspecting chocolate. I tried stopping the chocolates and found her temperament improved. She likes to eat Gems (that’s like mars candy) or chocolate bars. Although I have not noticed any 3 day link that most people have mentioned here, the fact that she is only 21 months old and we carefully control her diet seems to definitely point in the direction of chocolate. Thanks to all the people who shared their experience.

March 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm
(119) Simone says:

Thank you…. I have wondered off-and-on whether chocolate might be the reason for my horrible behavior. Usually I am a very in-control person, but today, when my toddler drew over her pants and her sisters bed – I went NUTS! I screamed at her – she cried… (of course, why shouldn’t she) and yesterday was the same, and the day before was similar with my eldest son… This is not me.. I have thought before that it’s chocolate that does it – and now I think I have proven it to myself – and you have all confirmed it.
I had easter eggs on the weekend (Friday and Saturday) and well… this is the result. And it’s not good.
I feel like I’m starting to ‘get out of it’ now (though that might also be because I have just finished my last test for science)… Hoping that tomorrow I’ll be back to my sunny and practicle self and no longer under the influence (whichever way) of whatever it is in the eggs I had…

I have long been on a ‘failsafe diet’ (check http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.com.au) but have gone off it due to various reasons. We were on the diet for my son who showed multiple food-intollerances.
Chocolate was OUT.
Now Chocolate is an option…….
but no longer so :)

So thanks to all that have shared here! I share the ‘I’m so glad I read this thread’-exclamation with those that exclaimed it!

Greetings, Simone
P.S. Does anyone in Europe (I’m from Holland) know where to get the Alka -tablets/things? or something similar?

April 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(120) Debbie says:

I’ve discovered that carbs and chocolate cause me to become nearly suicidal. I put myself on a strict diet, severely limiting carbs and eliminating chocolate altogether in order to lose weight. i’ve felt great for the last two months and lost nearly 20 pounds. Easter I allowed myself some cheats, chocolate and macaroni and cheese. Now I am extremely depressed and craving sweets like mad. Today a friend gifted me a chocolate chip pan cookie, not realizing my eating program and I gobbled down about 5 squares! I know I will experience severe mood swings as I go through another withdrawal session. Now I know it’s not all in my head.

April 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm
(121) ann says:

I would just like to say that I have for years had a problem eating chocolate….It can be any type of chocolate…. Just after a few hours I would start to cry for no reason as I was not feeling sad, but the effects made me confused and muddled in my mind.

April 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm
(122) ann says:

Thank goodness I am not the only person that has suffered with this condition for years. I crave chocolate and must have some, but the after effects are awful. I can cry for a few days and don’t know why… I thought I was going mad, so did my family. How can I stop this craving, because the crying is making me miserable

May 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm
(123) Cheryl says:

I am a chocoholic… up until a few weeks ago I was eating chocolate frequently – like daily + I know it helped pickup my energy levels and needed it to look after 3 children aged 5 and under. However after blood tests have shown my cholesterol is high, so I am 11 days in on a healthy diet (no “bad” food) which has me feeling soooo relaxed… well that is till I went to a friends house last night who home made chocolate brownies for me and I felt I HAD to have one because she made them especially :( Well it tasted nice, but WHOA I threw a TANTRUM this morning and altho only 10 days into this health kick – I really noticed this change in mood so I am CONVINCED it is the chocolate!! Guess I am gonna have to tell my friend of my health kick cuz you know what… it really just isn’t worth it anymore :(

May 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm
(124) anotherdepressedchoceater says:

Made the mistake of eating some chocolate even though I know it makes me depressed for days afterwards… So does anyone have a suggestion of how to counter the effect? I don’t mean pharmaceuticals but maybe something like St. John’s Wort? Hellllllp!

July 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm
(125) Simone says:

Hi all, I posted a comment a few months ago, and have since discovered that eating particular food (and with that, avoiding other foods) have helped me feel focused, positive and energetic!
Please check out the Primal Blueprint and/or everydaypaleo.com
Even though they allow OCCASIONAL chocolate, the overall ‘diet’ (lifestyle really!) has improved my state of mind, body, fitness and mood incredibly. I recommend anyone to try this! If you have further questions, you can reply to me. Hope you will no longer experience any struggle due to chocolate (or maybe the sugar in the bar?)

August 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm
(126) DeeDee says:

I feel better now! Well, okay, I still have to get over the chocolate I had last night but I feel better knowing this many people have noticed the same reaction about chocolate. I get anxious and angry easily after having coffee too. Don’t know what’s in them but I can have tea without problems.

September 12, 2011 at 9:48 am
(127) Dave says:

I have found the same thing after a chocolate eating session i feel very depressed for the next couple of days, why is this not being widely reported, i am amazed to find so many people with the same problem.

September 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(128) lisa says:

i have recently stopped eating chocolate after wondering if my low mood and mounting depression were linked to eating chocolate… i would get huge cravings that wouldnt stop until i ate it, and then have really deep dark moods the next day that i was unable to explain why i felt so bad, i ate family size bars every day, out of character for me who eats really healthily otherwise, i had to take anti depressants, but at the start i believed i was low after a break up with my partner, but mths later and in a new happy relationship i was unable to work out why i felt so bad especially as life was good and i was also taking happy pills, it just didnt make sense, the only thing that made me wonder was the the chocolate connection as i was starting to see a pattern…. i stopped eating chocolate and taking anti depressants shortly afterwards, and im glad to say that i feel fantastic…. i still get cravings and miss it but can honestly say its a small price to pay to be rid of the feeling of impending doom that hung over me so often……. however im not advising anyone to stop antidepressants without drs advice, as i discussed it with my dr at the time. im just shocked that something that tastes soooo good can make me feel so terrible…

September 27, 2011 at 12:38 am
(129) Marnie says:

Hi folks, thank you for sharing – it’s great to know I’m not alone – thank God for technology / the internet – so we can all share and learn from each other. I had a chocolate hit tonight so have a headache and am irritable. I let my husband know early in our marraige that I get cranky after chocolate so not to take anything personally – and I committed to let him know whenever I eat it. The next humane step is for me to just stop eating it – and reading all the posts here are very inspiring, thank you! Sorry i don’t know what the European equivalent of Alka Seltzer Gold is… although I think the Alka Seltzer company is from Germany – so if you ask your chemist they might know – also it is over the counter – not prescription….

September 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(130) David says:

My issue is the following day after having chocolate the night before causes nervousness and anxiety really bad. Last for the 1st few hours of the day…At least this is what I am concluding is the cause. Will have to test a week with no chocolate or sweets before bed.

October 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm
(131) kalconz says:

Wow, so glad I found these posts, just knowing that there are other people who have the same reaction helps some how. When I eat chocolate I get SUPER irritable, angry and just very dark and down, it seems it only lasts for several hours, but I do struggle with anxiety and mild depression, so maybe it lasts longer than I think. I don’t care for milk chocolate but I LOVE dark chocolate, but these days it makes me feel so horrible that I don’t even want any. I eat quite a bit of sugar at times and do not get this reaction so I don’t think it’s the sugar, although I’m sure it doesn’t help the problem. I’ve been trying carob instead when I get a craving for a chocolate chip cookie, but it’s hard to get used to when you love chocolate. I wish I knew what it was in the chocolate that has this effect on some people. It would be cool if some scientist could isolate the enzyme or whateever it is and figure out a way to make good chocoate without that part. I even noticed this effect on my nursing babies if ate chocolate they would get very fussy and not be able to sleep. I now tell everyone that my middle daughter is allergic to chocolate so nobody gives her any as I noticed she gets terrible moods after chocolate as well. Thank you to everyone for writing and offering suggestions.

November 15, 2011 at 11:07 am
(132) Jen Anderson says:

I am feeling your pain! I get a good 3 day cranky from eating chocolate. It makes me CRAZY to hear doctors on TV preaching the benefits of eating cocoa.

December 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm
(133) Mazzianne says:

Like most people here I have been searching for info suggesting a link between feeling low and irritable after eating chocolate foe a long time – and here you are!
I have suffered depression, anxiety and crazy mood swings for years, I also crave and binge on chocolate. My mental health is suffering and always get terrible mood swings after chocolate, I get very angry and irritable, stress about things which at other times I have no issue with, it’s like being a different person! I thought I was going crazy, really crazy, escpecially as everything I’d read said how wonderful chocolate was supposed to be for you!!! I continued to eat it even though I suspected it was making me hate myself through the moodiness, as its ONLY chocolate! Blimey! it should come with a health warning!! Thank you for sharing your experiences, it has given me the courage to say NO MORE to chocolate, for good. Ever wondered why its always in shops near the cigarette counters? another addictive poison which the manufacturers wave under our noses, all in the name of their profits, promoted for our benefit but actually harmful to our health. Blessings to you all. :-)

December 27, 2011 at 9:31 am
(134) Rainbowz says:

Hi all I also feel so relived after finding this. I was always denying it but now it very clear to me the unexplained mood swings, crying and depression . Exactly like it’s not me. It has even started to push me away from the closest people my family. It’s just not worth it anymore. No more chocolate for me!!!

December 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm
(135) Claire UK says:

Im so pleased Im not the only one! Almost every time I have chocolate I feel moody, annoyed, depressed and tearful. I love the stuff but Im going to have to avoid it from now on.

December 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm
(136) Melissa says:

I have been researching this with my father whom also has the same effects with Chocolate as I do. We have found that this is the case with only certain brands of chocolate, Chocolate from Organic markets does nothing to us, however certain brands of candy will make me want to hide for 3 days.
I’m concluding that it’s the way the chocolate is processed, it could also be the tryptophan in the chocolate that is an amino acid which aids in producing serotonin. I have yet to figure out why if tryptophan helps produce serotonin the feel good chemical, why we feel like crap? anyone have suggestions?

January 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(137) John says:

Really interesting here, I would consume several chocolates from a well known christmas line and hay presto my mood and mind would go on a ride, along with a bit of anxiety as well. A few hours later and it is as though it never happened.
Over the years I wondered if it was just me, having had bad feelings before when consuming chocolate products.
Going to leave it out from now as see what happens.
Never realised so many people have similar outcomes.

January 7, 2012 at 11:19 am
(138) shirley says:

I am very encouraged by reading all these comments today as it makes so much sense to me. I have been feeling low and depressed for awhile now, chocolate made me feel better, so ive thought. I didnt seem to put any weight on and just loved the taste but always still felt depressed and fatigued so i would eat more chocolate. But only recently i made the connection to why i feel so low in life especially as i have eveything i want and need. What do i eat and drink more of in my diet. So today, i have asked the question on the blog “can chocolate cause depression?” I am amazed that so many people out there are having these effects like me. I had already started to cut back on the caffeine but realise now that it is the CHOCOLATE and CAFFEINE causing these problems in people. I am going to miss chocolate so much but my health has to come first.It is no longer my comfort food but my enemy.

January 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm
(139) Sarah Kane says:

I think chocolate may cause depressed mood for me. I think nuts do too, and some other foods. I wonder if Dutch processed cocoa would be better, since it is treated with alkali. Maybe this sort of processing would get rid of lectins or whatever substance that causes the depressed mood. Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but still I wonder if there is a common element in foods that cause depression at least for an individual person.

January 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm
(140) Eric the Whale says:

I believe chocolate worsens my mood since it counters the effect of omega-3 oil. STOP EATING CHOCOLATE IF YOU HAVE MOOD PROBLEMS. IT WILL CAUSE YOUR MOOD SWING SIGNIFICANTLY

January 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm
(141) Eric the Whale says:

I believe chocolate worsens my mood since it counters the effect of omega-3 oil. STOP EATING CHOCOLATE IF YOU HAVE MOOD PROBLEMS. IT WILL CAUSE YOUR MOOD TO SWING SIGNIFICANTLY. If you do eat chocolate, the best way to get you out is to eat far more Omega oils

February 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm
(142) cyndi says:

I find your comments interesting. I actually treat my depression with Dark Chocolate. The chocolate I eat can only be found on the website of the distributor. It is pure dark Belgium chocolate and it has no fillers, caffeine (I found out that is added afterwards to increase addition) and it’s also Diabetic friendly made with only natural sweetners. I wonder if a really pure chocolate would make the difference. It may be all the fillers and additives. I cannot live without my chocolate everyday.

February 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm
(143) Stephanie says:

For a few years Iv been ill, tired, depressed and the head aches were just constant! Ppl were always commenting on how I was always ill and were even starting to blame my partner as it seemed to start when I started seeing him. I reasently went on a diet and felt fantastic! Because I had done so well I had some chocolate, well when I say some I mean I had loads lol! That was it! I was so depressed I was close to doing something stupid! It was my partner that noticed that it could be the chocolate and I really think he’s right. The reason it looked like it could have been my partner making me stressed and ill was because before I met him chocate didn’t pass my lips and he’s a chocolate addict! I slowly picked up his habit and that’s when the head aches started and then feeling sick and depressed all the time, my poor partner has had to put up with so much and has been my rock threw it all and in the end all it was was a stupid sweet! I’m never going near it again! I have a fantastic life and have no reason to be depressed and I know it sounds dramatic but chocolate really has stole 3 years of my life! What is it that’s in chocolate that could have such a dramatic effect on someone?

February 29, 2012 at 6:55 am
(144) Eli says:

Chocolate and cocoa nearly killed me. Cuused severe depression- I had to be medicated. Once I stopped the chocolate I eventually went off the meds.You are what you eat and if you eat crap like chocolate you will feel like crap too!

March 6, 2012 at 4:56 am
(145) Poly Poodle says:

I can’t believe this. Finally I have been enlightened. Yes it is true. I switched form coffee to drinking hot cocoa artificially sweetened with sugarine for months and then slowly slowly I started getting paranoid. I could not think and kept feeling anxious all the time. I had to go on anti depressans for 6 months. I think it has caused a permanent chemical imbalance in my brain. I am fighting this with fish oil, vitamin b complex, and exercise. I want the old me back and am slowly hetting there. I know for sure but don’t know how, that chocolate is poisonous.

March 6, 2012 at 5:01 am
(146) Spiridouly says:

Yes. I agree too. I have seen what chocolate does to my wife. If she eats it late at night I know that the next day will be really bad for all of us here at home. She gets moody, short, snappy and she blames it on PMT. Well I have taken note that it is the chocolate. Its especially bad if its cadbury believe it or not. CAN WE SAY SOMETHING TO TODAY TONIGHT- PERHAPS THEY CAN INVESTIGATE. I think there’s something rotten in Denmark……

March 6, 2012 at 5:06 am
(147) GEORGE says:

I have a feeling that chocolate has changed. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are real drugs added to the stuff. It appears that the addictive properties of chocolate can have a very negative effect on sensitive folk….I think I will do some research into this topic because I heard my sister-in-law say that she feels really’out of it’ after she’s had chocolate in any shape or form.

March 18, 2012 at 7:00 am
(148) Pik Azit says:

You won’t believe this. for the past 3 months I had given up chocolate and felt fabulous. About 2 nights ago I totally had a spaz attack and I binged something severe on gourmet chocolate. About 200 grams of it and the next day I felt ooooooooooooooooh sooooooooooooooooo bad and sad. Just today I am starting to feel better and feel like I am climbing out of a dark and fuzzy tunnel. I can’t believe I found this sight. I totally agree with everybody and do feel that some are lucky who can tolerate this black poison. The rest of us must beware, maybe we are allergic to theobromine too jus like our canine pals!!! Anyways, keep away from the CHOC !!!!!

April 6, 2012 at 6:16 am
(149) beansprout says:

I’m pretty sure that chocolate has the same effect on me, and guess what, it lasts about 3 days. I’ve visited this page several times and thought “hmm this definitely applies to me”, but for some reason I forget about it and keep eating chocolate anyway. (I am prone to bouts of sadness, lethargy and depression.) Well, last week I ate no chocolate at all – unusual for me – and felt in a calm and buoyant mood pretty much all the time. Then, at the beginning of this week, I ate about 150 grams of dark chocolate in the course of a day, and that night – and for the next three days – I felt fatigued, down and upset about lots of little things. It’s not the first time I’ve noticed this effect either – some days when I’ve been inexplicably depressed, I think back and I had eaten a significant amount of chocolate or cocoa that day or previous day. There was another Christmas I remember where I literally felt drugged after eating tons of dark chocolate truffles. So glad I made this connection with the help of this site!!!

April 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm
(150) Nathy Gaffney says:

Well – It’s Easter Monday and I feel dreadful! I’ve been anxious and depressed for a while, but this last couple of days, I’ve just inhaled chocolate. I felt like I was doing myself harm, but I just couldn’t stop. Even when my son went to bed – I found the extra stash and ate that too. Hideous!
I have a horrible headache today and just feel soooooo down and hopeless. This drove me to seek out a chocolate/depressed mood connection. I’m so glad I’ve found this feed. It actually makes me feel like there is some hope!
Thanks
Nathy

April 10, 2012 at 8:57 am
(151) Keith says:

I have had many of these reactions after just one m&m… Can trace it back to the worst marital fights…. Fatigue…irritability… It’s the same reaction as nt getting sleep for 3 days.

Thanks to everyone who posted.

April 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm
(152) Steve says:

Well, after a full year of not having any chocolate, I started eating it again, and all of a sudden I found myself being very emmotional, even crying at programs on the tv. I experimented some skin rashes and tiredness, not to mention that I have been down these days, low on energy and can´t seem to find out why my usual happiness is gone, while some mood swings appeared. All this after a wonderful year of calm and regular emmotions…the easy way out, not to have any chocolate for the rest of my life or at least until it is discovered why all these synthoms appear…

April 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm
(153) Marissa says:

I have just googled chocolate and anxiety and come up with this site: I too have found that eating a piece of chocolate changes me from a fairly happy optimistic person, into one who feels depressed, negative and anxious and it lasts for a few days. I have now realised that what I suspected for years, is probably true – chocolate and me don’t mix although occasionally I get a craving for it..

April 24, 2012 at 12:42 am
(154) Properperson says:

I have been suffering from depression for 11 years. Other than the cocoa powder I sprinle on my capp I eat no chocolate. Well get a load of this bid daddy…..I just gave up the powdered choc on my capp for 6 weeks and have been DEPRESSION FREE………………THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE…………………………………………………..

May 12, 2012 at 4:50 am
(155) Debbie says:

When i put into a search engine ” why does chocolate and alcohol make me anxious” i found this forum, and wow great to know i’m not a freak for having these thoughts.
My husband thinks i research into food too much but i think its the root to alot of bodily ailments.
I’ve stopped eating bars of chocolate because i have gall stones and cant eat fat in any shape but iv been having drinking chocolate sometimes in the evening for a treat so i guess i will stop that too.

May 24, 2012 at 8:42 am
(156) Carson says:

I finally found what I was looking for! An affirmation that these problems exist. I love my wife deeply, but our marriage has come very close to ending recently. She is a saint without chocolate but out of control angry when she eats any chocolate. She is aware of the problem but admits to overwhelming cravings. She has a similar but shorter lasting problem with as little as one soft drink with caffeine. Researchers need to look beyond all of the work on cravings and do some REAL research into this aspect.

May 26, 2012 at 6:23 am
(157) beansprout says:

Hey guys, I left a comment earlier saying that I experience the same problems as reported here, whenever I eat chocolate. It’s been a mystery to me until recently – but I think I’ve finally figured out why it happens, for me at least! … Someone already mentioned the link between copper and depression, and that chocolate is particularly high in copper. There’s a condition called pyroluria, rarely diagnosed or talked about yet supposedly quite common, whereby people produce excess amounts of chemicals called pyrroles which bind zinc and vitamin B6 and flush them from the body. This leaves the person deficient in vitamin B6 and zinc, and vulnerable to accumulating toxic levels of copper. High copper can cause emotional instability, depression and even psychosis. I have a history of copper-related symptoms and diseases in my family and I also have a tendency to depression even without chocolate, so I’ve started a supplement regime that includes about 200mg vitamin b6 (including p5p, the active form) and about 50mg zinc per day, to see if it made any difference to my wellbeing…..and it has! I no longer have ‘down days’ or feel like withdrawing myself socially. I can also eat chocolate in moderation with no repercussions. I recommend you look into pyroluria and copper excess:

- Pyroluria and depression
- Do you have Pyroluria?
- Copper Toxicity

June 19, 2012 at 8:37 am
(158) Mark says:

I have suffered for many years from nervousness and stress. It seems that not eating chocolate cures me of these symptoms and I now feel a million times better. I am however interested in the previouse entry and wil experiment with vit B6 and zinc. This website is great and hopefully will steer many more people into a better lifestyle.

July 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm
(159) nelly says:

I have had depression on and off for ten years and have found that regular exercise is one way of controlling it to some degree. But i’m convinced that eating chocloate brings on the symptoms and makes me feel pretty low. I only get it a little but its enough. I wouldnt want to feel any lower. I wonder if other sweet things have a similar affect. I have a bit of a sweet tooth and im pretty sure this encourages the depression to have another go!…… I must avoid it. Im certain i’d feel better (or not get so low so often) if I didnt eat chocolate and sweeties.

July 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm
(160) Marta says:

Wow! I knew I wasn’t alone. If I eat so much as one brownie, I get depressed, irritable, hostile, and paranoid, and it lasts for up to a week. My thought patterns become extremely negative and hopeless. I’ve known this for years, and have tried to find information online as to WHY, but mostly I get the whole “chocolate is good for you” cr*p. Sugar, milk, and caffeine are not the causes of my mood swings – I’ve isolated chocolate as the cause. I don’t drink or do recreational drugs.

I just avoid chocolate, but I’m still interested in finding which chemicals cause this reaction. I believe theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine, is partly responsible. Chocolate also contains salsolinol, a neurotoxin. I found an article on a raw foods website that says after a long study, they found that all chocolate is toxic, even raw chocolate with no sugar or milk added. Apparently it’s toxic to the liver too.

People laugh at me when I say chocolate makes me moody. They say “I’m glad I don’t have that problem.” But I believe a lot of people do have that problem and don’t want to face it. I’ve noticed serious personality changes (not good) in my young nephew after he eats chocolate. How do you get a child to stop eating chocolate??? Kids are given chocolate freely. Imagine handing out marijuana to kids!!??

I’m disgusted with the chocolate manufacturers who are trying to promote it as a health food. It’s nothing of the kind. Yes, it contains antioxidants, but so does nicotine! I kind of have a vendetta.

Please contact me if you’re interested in discussing this further. I’m at martabergen@yahoo.com

July 17, 2012 at 8:22 am
(161) Sonya says:

I made a comment here about two years ago when this thread was starting. So looking back on the past two years I can see a definite link with eating chocolate as to how I will be feeling for the next few days or so after the indulgence.
If i just have the one night binge I will always wake up with a headache that will vary in intensity, I will be quite irritable and have these black moods with feelings that I cant cope that will last about 3 days.
If I am silly enough to continue with bits of chocolate here and there over several days to a week or two, then the crying starts. I become overwhelmed with this terrible sadness and will just be teary for hours at a time. The funny thing is I dont even know what Im sad about, its seems to be a feeling sorry for myself and woe is me kind of sadness. When i get a grip on my desire to taste that chocolate and I can and do refrain for months at a time from eating any chocolate then i dont have any of these moods or crying episodes and I feel I can cope and life pretty looks good!!!
Its just that chocolate does taste so good and every now and then I will just treat myself to three days of misery, but I am definite about not having the daily nibbles of chocolates for weeks on end…. ive learnt my lesson there!!
I just keep testing the waters and live in hope that one day I will eat and not sink into this black hole. I do sympathize with all you lovers of chocolate.

July 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm
(162) Lynne says:

Chocolate has always made me depressed, but I discovered lately that if I make brownies with high quality cocoa I don’t have the problem. I have no idea why.

August 7, 2012 at 8:43 am
(163) PLOP ALOT says:

I can’t belive I found this forum. I always crave chocolate especially around that time of the month but when I eat it I pay for it the next day. My mood is 10 times as bad and I feel horrible. I kind of feel like I’m walking around in a strange grey haze. I will give it up and see if its all in my head, but I can relate to most of the stories above so I say its not all in my head.

August 7, 2012 at 8:52 am
(164) Herbert says:

I think chocolate is the biggest load of crap ever created. raw cocoa nibs taste like poo and raw coca pwder is manure!!

August 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm
(165) asdf says:

Chocolate also makes me incredibly depressed. I have observed that my personality and level of motivation are greatly contrasted when I eat chocolate opposed avoiding chocolate and caffeine. Interesting, as I was told in my high school biology class that chocolate releases serotonin which is a neurotransmitter which make us feel better. For me chocolate is easy to avoid, but breaking my coffee addiction is much harder. Everything I seem to like is always bad for my health…

September 6, 2012 at 7:56 am
(166) Tintin says:

Every time I eat chocolate now I get heart palpitations, depression and anxiety. Some days I am great when I am eating unprocessed foods and exercising and some days i get brain fog, depression, anxiety, anger, irritability and now that I am getting them so quickly (within 5min) of consuming chocolate I am left wondering how much of my life has been hijacked by this little food drug of choice. I eat it when I feel stressed and wonder why I stress more than others, making mountains out of molehills. Well I am kicking the chocolate to the curb today and seeing what will happen, thank you everyone for your comments, it helped me related and connect the dots!

September 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm
(167) Shelly says:

Thanks to this discussion I was led to the answer to my chocolate induced depression and anxiety. A few people above have mentioned that chocolate (along with coffee, most nuts, avocados, etc.) are VERY high in the metal copper. This sent me looking for the correlation and I found a ton of research connecting the two.

For those in the population that already have a high level of copper in their bodies, the excess copper in chocolate pushes them into the toxic level and thus induces the anxiety, paranoia, depression, etc. for about three days until the copper can clear out of the bloodstream and liver. I have been a vegetarian for many years and thus had very high levels of copper myself. The tiniest bit of coffee and chocolate made me a huge grump for about three days as others have described.
Since eating a copper reducing diet and supplements, my attitude has changed COMPLETELY. I am even able to have a little dark chocolate and coffee without the negative side effect. I trust as I normalize copper even more the symptoms will disappear as long as I balance my intake.

Do yourself a favor and look into this further. Toxic copper levels can be detrimental to your health. The chocolate might be your “canary in the coalmine” so to speak. The copper begins to build up in your brain and liver and wreaks havoc on your health long term. Google “copper toxicity” for more info. Dr. Lawrence Wilson and Dr. Paul Eck have a ton of stuff online to learn from. The best book I found on the subject was, “Why Am I Always So Tired?” by Ann Louise Gittleman.

Thank you to everyone who shared their story. It made me realize I wasn’t “crazy” or alone and lead me to the answers that are making me feel SO MUCH more me again. Intending the absolute best for you all.

October 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm
(168) Christie says:

It took 64 years to figure this out! I just went two weeks with no chocolate or desserts, thinking there might be a connection. No more sadness, crying, anger, rage, depression that has haunted me. The more angry and depressed, the more “one little piece” of chocolate I ate…it was like a snowball! I will continue with no more chocolate, knowing how bad it made me feel. I feel so much better now.

October 17, 2012 at 6:23 am
(169) Sarah says:

I have realised this for the past couple of years and was very relieved to find this thread. I also get these symptoms of irritation/anger around ovulation and pre-menstrally..I thought it was the hormones that were to blame..but although they are indirectly..I think that it’s the chocolate I crave at that time that really tips me into the depression/anger. I get moody and lethargic..everything seems too hard and I lack motivation. Once when I had some antioxidants that inhibit the enzyme monoamine oxidase that breaks down amines ( resveratrol, curcumin, ginger, withania, gingko etc) ..I was almost uncontrollable with anger. I get this inking that somehow this enzyme that breaks down amines may be a bit lacking in some people and it is also reduced further when estrogen is high..so it makes sense to me. Also chocolate itself has an antioxidant that inhibits the enzyme as well as being high in the amines. It’s really unfortunate but Chocolate is not my friend and I am glad to see that it is quite a common expereince although really frustrating.

November 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm
(170) KH says:

I get the same reaction to many of you. After eating chocolate I feel very flat, depressed & a complete lack of motivation for 3 days afterwards.
I have had this feeling many times over the last few years and had suspicions in the past that there was a connection to chocolate but never really believed it. However, the other night I ate quite a lot of chocolate (& no alcohol) and the next morning I felt like a had been run over by a truck. The very flat mood, complete lack of motivation and foggy head continued for the next 3 days.
I was amazed to find this web posting and see that so many other people have this reaction. I am now absolutely convinced that chocolate is the cause.
Thanks to everyone for posting.

November 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm
(171) Alexa says:

I started consuming dark chocolate because of the whole antioxident thing, just a a small piece a day, and not always….I have noticed I get depressed and moody. Milk chocolate does not have this effect on me.

December 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm
(172) Kathryn says:

I am a nursing student, mom of 5, and a wife of a soldier… after my husband’s last deployment I found myself eating semi-sweet cholocate chips by the bags full… I would later feel moody, depressed, and psychotic…even suicidal…

At first I felt good after eating the chocolate as it released endorphins that helped me get a sense of relief amidst the high levels of stress…

but it was shortlived…

I examined my textbooks from mental health and did further research about the phenomenon that I was experiencing…

Semi-sweet chocolate does release endorphins (as well as corticosteroid, the hormone for “flight or fight” when we are in stressful situations) the endorphins help in small amounts to give a euphoric feeling, but in large amounts (the ridiculous amounts I was eating at a time) released endorphins as well as inhibited the cut off mechanism for dopamine. Dopamine when released in high amounts can cause psychosis and schizophrenic symptoms…

Small amounts of chocolate (dark and semi-sweet) can be helpful… but in large amounts it can cause disturbances…

December 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm
(173) Tara says:

Chocolate, and …

“Foods that increase serotonin: protein, turkey, sugar and other carbohydrates, eggs, bananas, sunflower seeds, yogurt, chocolate, vitamin-fortified cereals (and other products), onions, garlic, flaxseed, yeast, coffee, green tea, white tea, alcohol (initially; decrease with long-term use)”

…and Elevated serotonin causes depression.

Look up how this happens. It has to do with the receptors…and I don’t really understand the receptor part. But wiki has a lot of info.

December 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(174) Sam says:

It must effect people in different ways because when I started eating chocolate and drinking cocoa, I noticed a huge improvement in how I felt, that it couldn’t just be a massive coincidence. I think you’re just trying to discourage people from eating chocolate because that’s not right, especially to those that receive the benefits such as myself. I think chocolate is a great depression treatment but I can understand it might not work the same for everyone, maybe even having the opposite for some people like yourself which is unfortunate. I’m still going to eat my chocolate though.

December 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm
(175) Rainer says:

I suspected at late and wondered if ? Now it seems that more than likely it is Chocolate. I was wondering why I should feel soo flat / tired / weak Body and Head buzing with slight giddiness. Then for many days no problem. well” two days ago I started to eat Chocolate. I bought 2 big blocks and when I peg out on it I certainly peg out. Eat one whole block in one day. Following day I was feeling tired. I was getting worse the next day. At that time I did not associate it with Chocolate. I ate some more last night and still tired. I was feeling as if I was not getting better but worse. Went to Bed earlier still tired and buggard the next morning. I now strongly suspect this to be from the Chocolate. It is a shame that so many things we consume nowadays effect us in some way or another. So much for Government regulators who pretend to look after our health and yet let us consume Products that are often laced with some sort of chemical that was not present some 25 years ago. Sad World we live in!

December 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm
(176) Mattie says:

My daughter asked me to make a chocolate tart for Christmas. I have made one and licked the bowl…. Dark rich chocolate and cream etc….. A great wave of depression seemed to come over me so I googled to find out if it was caused by the chocolate. I found this list of peoples comments describing the same reaction. Interesting! Now I am dreading having to cook the Christmas lunch and I also have lots of people for Boxing day! I almost feel that I can’t cope with it so I hope this subsides soon!

December 27, 2012 at 12:00 am
(177) michael says:

Just another person who finds incredible sadness about twenty minutes after eating dark chocolate. Every time this happens, I swear I won’t have any for a month, and then, sure enough, it happens again, the same thing also happens with coffee. Obviously, the connection is caffeine, and it brings out tears…how strange.

January 1, 2013 at 3:10 am
(178) annie says:

Have noticed in the past that eating chocolate would make me feel massively depressed the next day. Also noticed that the only time I really felt like eating chocolate was before my period, and by not eating chocolate then was able to pretty much eliminate premenstrual tension. Also discovered that eating Turkish delight and blue cheese in the same evening gave me exactly the same effect as eating chocolate – the next day the world seemed a terrible place and life not worth living. This makes me wonder if it’s the combination of amines and sugar that’s the problem for me. Epsom salts baths and drinking water with bicarb of soda in it seem to speed up recovery, but the problem is that while it’s happening, I’m too crazy to make the connections and just think everyone else is being mega difficult.

January 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm
(179) Janet says:

I’ve known for years that chocolate makes me irritable, unable to concentrate and it also gives me headaches. I can feel its effects soon after I eat it, sort of a ‘brain tingling’ as I call it. It’s a stimulant after all, and I’m ultra senstive to things like that. I’ve always had problems with caffeine. I stopped drinking coffee years ago, although I’ll have a cup of de-caf every now and then.

But I love chocolate, it’s so hard to avoid sometimes. So I eat it every now and then. I can’t eat it on a regular basis. The latest effect I’ve been having is nausea from eating it, and yes, I get depressed for several days after ‘enjoying’ it too. :) I’m getting to the point where I’m thinking about giving it up for good.

January 6, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(180) Sarah says:

Finding that many other people have noticed this link between chocolate and depressed mood validates my own observation about myself. There are a few other foods that appear to be a direct cause as well for me. Nuts seem to be a problem for me as well as flax, soy, and fish oil supplements. I have been trying to figure out what these things have in common that could cause depressed mood. I wondered if maybe amines could be it. It seems as if milk with chocolate makes it worse. I think, like someone else mentioned, that stress is probably a factor, too. I recently decided to test/chance it again when I ate three Hagendaze chocolate covered raspberry ice cream bars in two days time. That didn’t go too well. Sure enough, I had a pretty intense episode of depression. Maybe I would have gotten away with just one.

February 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm
(181) Eleni says:

I totally agree with you Sarah. I can’t belive that you just hit the nail on the head for me once again. I truly believe that it is something strange in all of these products that cause me to feel anxious and just not myself. Chocolate and nuts and fish oil are a deadly combination for me. Freshly bought fish however and cooked in a broth has the opposit effect. But out of all of the products that you mentioned, Chocolate is the worst, followed by nuts, fish oil and then soy. THANKYOU. Maybe we should send this link to the health department or something. GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS SIGHT. KEEP OFF THE BAD STUFF

March 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm
(182) Watts says:

Yes, both chocolate and even raw, organic cacao have a very bad effect on me: depression, anger, mood swings, irritability and generally just really pissed off and the whole sucks. I have also had heart issues from it as well. Some would like to tell you that raw, organic cacao is ok to have but it is NOT. There is still theobromine which is in the class of substances called Methylxanthines, which are stimulates.

March 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm
(183) nance says:

Wow, and I’ve been eating it to get happy! That’s what I’ve always read. I do notice sugar has a really bad effect on me. I’ll have to pay more attention to this adverse effect. Chocolate is promoted more as an antidepressant.

March 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm
(184) simone says:

i am finding dark chocolate is having a bad effect on me regarding my mood and my c.f.s. It takes 5 days to come out of my system.Coffee has this effect too.

April 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm
(185) Erica says:

This thread was such a relief, I can’t even describe my joy. My chocolate intolerance has begun probably in the last year. I am 51 and am going through menopause and attributed these random mood swings to the menopause…until this last Easter weekend. I don’t eat chocolate during the week and do allow myself sweets for the weekends. My sweets have always been something with chocolate. A few days ago I ate about seven oreo cookies and an hour later I was so depressed I thought I was going crazy. That night, while reading in bed, I ate about twenty pieces of chocolate Easter candy and the next morning I woke up and started crying about anything and everything. I was so anxious, angry and sad…all at the same time and told my husband that I had to see a psychatrist first thing Monday morning and get to the bottom of it. That night, after not eating any chocolate the entire day, I felt happy go lucky (my usual week-day disposition) and that is when I decided to go on the internet and see if I was on the right track…thank you thank you thank you!!!!

April 2, 2013 at 3:59 am
(186) Rea says:

I can’t believe I have finally found the answer! And will not be touching chocolate again. My main worry is how many people are taking anti depressants not knowing it’s chocolate causing the problem.

April 3, 2013 at 5:58 am
(187) Tony says:

I have noticed that the morning after I have eaten chocolate, that I am depressed, totally despondent and extremely lethargic. It’s not a case of guessing – I absolutely know that it is chocolate that is doing this to me. I think chocolate gives us some kind of high but then there is the LOW!

I have come to realise that the LOW just isn’t worth it. It’s like a drug to me – and just as coke or speed initially would give me a kick in my younger days, I find that I suffer the consequences of depression for days after.

I think that for those of us that are more prone to depression anyway are more likely to suffer.

I do love chocolate but I know that there is the price to pay. I go as far as to feel suicidal and everything in my life over- whelming.

Today is my 3rd day after eating chocolate (Easter 2013) and I am just beginning to get back to normal.

April 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(188) Rea says:

With regards to what Tony has said: this is exactly how I feel!! I can’t wait for the latest bout of depression etc to subside after the Easter binge, just so I can get back to normal. I will never touch chocolate again, it just isn’t worth it!

April 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(189) donnalee says:

For several years I had “migraine” headaches accompanied by diarrhea, etc. And I often felt very depressed, would go back to bed until noon. Then I kept a food journal to watch what I was eating so maybe lose a few pounds. On a whim I started adding how I felt. After a few weeks, I looked at the whole thing and there it was — a big dose of Chocolate (as in Choc. cake with fudge frosting and choc. chips in the cake) — a major headache that knocked me out for a day or two. A small dose of choc, as in 2-3 choc chip cookies and I felt like crap, life wasn’t worth living. So I haven’t had choc in years, don’t miss it and sure do NOT miss the headaches or depression!!

God bless!

May 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm
(190) Sue says:

Some of us have a sensitivity to too much tyramine. Too much of it causes insomnia, depression, and in some cases, migraine headaches. Chocolate is on the list as is cheese, aged meats, etc..

May 8, 2013 at 8:18 am
(191) Leah says:

Wow, the list of people with these symptoms is huge; a 7 year list of us who identify with each other and feel not-so-isolated as a result, hooray to us all who have identified.
I too have the mood swings and have been studying myself to try and discern exactly what going on. It definately has to do with seratonnin levels and neurotransmitters etc. It’s not just chocolate for me but feel it more to do with refined sugar because can happen with excess eating of biscuits and icecream as well (of course, the things I crave) First I get the high, feeling really happy, next day not too bad, just a bit irritable till I remember rest of packet in cupboard/fridge, I have my “fix” and am feeling good again. The longer this goes on the more extreme the highs and lows. 1 “high” and it takes about 2 days to recover back to normal, but if I get 2 or 3 days of highs to try to feel better after the last hit then the comedown is HUGE. First I become incapable of handling any kind of stress, the smallest things irritate and become big issues, then the anger comes and watch out anyone around me, and then the low depression. 4 or 5 days later and I finally emerge from the mess. I was in a terrible relationship once with an alcoholic and porn addict and I can see the exact “symptoms” of addiction occuring in me. To make things worse, as my awareness of this has been growing and the more I am cutting out it seems I am becoming even more sensitive. From what I have been reading this is also occuring in many of you.
My heart goes out to you all with this problem, and indeed to all with any addictive issues, they are hard to break. It’s so easy after been on the wagon a while to think “surely just this little thing will be ok, i’ve been so good…” we all know where that goes.
If this brings light to even a few others’ awareness I am glad. All the very best to you all,
Leah

May 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(192) Luanne says:

Yup I was really wondering about this. I just ate a bag of Dark chocolate toll house morsels over the past 3 or 4 days. Today I am so unusually moody and weepy, angry. I looked this up because I don’t normally get like this! What the heck? Chocolate! I’m also bound up. Too much chocolate. A little is OK, the whole bag, well.
And the thing is, I have pieced away at those dark chocolate bars and never felt like this. Less chocolate.

June 4, 2013 at 11:10 am
(193) Kathie says:

Chocolate – more specifically, cocoa butter causes severe mood swings for me. I also have the problem with other foods/spices such as black licorice, cola drinks and anise. I was so happy to find this site and to know I am not alone in this. I do not have a problem (mentally) with sugar, but it does effect my heart. It is so amazing how the things we are consuming can so adversely affect our lives. Like #58 who broke up with his girlfriend! It’s like an out of body experience. When I would eat these products, I would feel angry and irritable and being mean to people and not have a clue why. Then the next day I would feel totally drained.

June 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm
(194) simone says:

I would like to cut out dark chocolate from my diet because it is effecting me mental and physical not in a good way.My mood is not the same,l feel so tired all the time. I also have candida so l have to try and stop now.I am finding it so hard to stop buying but l have put on a lot of weight on with buying sugar and cafferine.I going to start to stop buying things that are bad for me.thank you.

June 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(195) Eric says:

I’ve searched this topic several times in the last few years, but have never come across a group of people who’ve reported the same experiences as myself. This is amazing. It’s also frustrating that no research has been done on this subject. For all of you citing sugar as the culprit, I have to call BS. I can eat an entire plate of (non-chocolate) cookies or a pint of sorbet in one sitting and feel great. It’s not the milk or anything “in” the chocolate. It is absolutely the chocolate itself. One, or perhaps a combination of alkaloids, that clearly affect some people differently than others. It leads me to believe there is some genetic or epigenetic mutation or expression that causes this. I wish we could all get our genomes analyzed to see where lies the correlation. Cheers.

June 27, 2013 at 6:28 am
(196) David says:

Interesting, very interesting.
Love these kind of posts. Keep ‘em coming.
Anyway, If I don’t get my chocolate it can be depressing! LOL…
When I get moody and down….chocolate makes me feel better. Chocolate is my comfort food.

July 1, 2013 at 8:47 am
(197) simone says:

I am trying very hard to stop the dark chocolate but struggling at the moment and not doing well.i know it’s not good for me but l don’t know how to stop.any advice would be grateful.thanks simone

July 11, 2013 at 9:12 am
(198) Renster says:

Omg!! I have for a few years noticed the highly irritable mood I got after eating chic. Lately I have been outta control and eating almost a bar of dark chocolate 86% a day:-( I am so addicted.. In fact I am jonesing at the moment. I actually had to start taking anti depressants because of my irritability and pms. I did notice the two weeks were I was chocolate free I had no pms and was calm as a cucumber. Chocolate and I are done… Basta. I love you choc but I can’t be with you anymore. It’s not you it’s me that’s the problem.

July 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(199) Taylor says:

i feel the same way…especially like after nutella

July 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm
(200) Behzad says:

I have panic attack since 8 months ago, after at least 20 time attacks, I realized it’s because of taking caffeine. the point is my first attack occurred when I drunk one cup of cafe before bed, It was really terrible.

August 22, 2013 at 9:22 am
(201) Nelly says:

This is good. I amso sick of everybody telling me how good cocoa etc is for you. Well it maybe fully loaded with antioxidants but i think it makes me feel horrible…

August 29, 2013 at 9:25 am
(202) Pamela says:

Wow! I’m so glad to find a group of people sharing this hypothesis with me. I’ve been toying with this idea for years, but being so dependent upon self medicating with chocolate — to provide stimulation, I didn’t really want to take it seriously.

Yesterday, I noticed a very clear mood shift. After several days of extreme peace cultivated from a careful diet, exercise, meditation and taking St. Johns Wort, I almost suddenly noticed a shift in my mental processing. I became scattered, unable to hold thoughts in relations to each other, and overwhelmed by the task I was trying to complete, as well as feeling angry (for no reason) and easily agitated.

I went through all of the things that could be causing the mood change, stress, thoughts, events, diet, and could only come up with the organic 85% dark chocolate bar that I ate between the prior day’s afternoon and yesterday’s. I had abstained from chocolate for a little over a week. I’m still more easily aggravated and irritated today, which is what lead me to search the internet for links between anger and chocolate. The first article I found was: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201011/chocolate-the-good-the-bad-and-the-angry

I will definitely continue researching the topic.

Warmest,
Pamela

August 29, 2013 at 9:31 am
(203) Pamela says:

Here’s a study showing a CORRELATION between chocolate and depression. Remember that a correlation is not the same as being the cause. Chicken/egg. Did the depression cause the chocolate eating, or did the chocolate eating cause the depression, or is a little more complex than that where chocolate was first eaten to lift the mood, and did, but then also caused the depression.

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=415834

September 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm
(204) JB says:

Wow! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who experiences chocolate-induced depression. I thought it was just me! I have no doubt that chocolate can cause depression, anger, mood swings, being easily agitated, and just a basic poor me syndrome…at least in me it does. The question is, why do I keep eating it? Is there another food that will inhibit these effects if I eat it with the chocolate? Ice cream maybe? Also, I haven’t noticed whether it affects me less if it’s in the form a cake vs. a chocolate bar. I will need to do further research to determine that.

October 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm
(205) Elena Elena says:

Wow. I can’t believe I came across this. Well I have another problem associated with cocoa and chocolate. Whenever I have a bit of a choc binge I find that my night vision gets worse. I am not joking. The choc binge happens about twice a month and I find that the few days after I need stronger reading glasses. Not to mention that I feel short of breath and slightly anxious. From now on I will cut back and see what happens. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT NEEDS FURTHER CONSIDERATION………

October 13, 2013 at 4:30 am
(206) Dan Damon says:

Many foods affect mood and there is increasing anecdotal proof that chocolate is one of them.

It is often the day after eating chocolate that you feel cranky/depressed/moody/irritable/suicidal [tick as appropriate] and because of this somewhat delayed reaction people often don’t link their mood to the chocolate.

If you’re depressed ask yourself, “Did I eat chocolate yesterday?”. If the answer is yes, then try quitting chocolate and see how it affects your mood. Be careful: if you’re susceptible to the chocolate blues, then it only takes a small piece – even the sprinkles on top of a cappuccino – for the next day to be ruined.

October 14, 2013 at 12:46 am
(207) choconuts says:

I’d like to add this. I’m a normally a very positive and happy person. However, if I eat any kind of or any amount it has a strong drug like affect on me. I become irrational, morosely sad and depressed. I lose all touch with reality, and become paranoid and filled with rage. My emotions are explosive and my blood pressure soars. If I eat it more than one day in a row I begin to have serious panic attacks. It actually took me several years to figure it out. It’s deadly for me. I was thankful to find this website to find out I wasn’t the only person who has experienced these symptoms. Thanks everyone!

October 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm
(208) leah says:

Who knew!? I noticed the day after chocolate (like a candy bar or a handful of chips) I’d be moody. Angry, depressed.. and I finally went online to see if it was something known or if anyone else had. I’m so glad I’m not nuts! I wonder why it happens, I wonder what ither foods can affect my moods..

October 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm
(209) leah says:

wow who knew!? I noticed after having chocolate (candy bar or a handful of chips) I would feel sad and depressed, and I finally came online to see if anyone else felt this way. I’m glad I’m not alone. I wonder what other foods cause other differences in moods…

October 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm
(210) Dave says:

I find that when I have ‘high end’ chocolate its the worst- like, single origin cacao (which is a bummer cause thats the best stuff…). It makes me super depressed, angry, paranoid, etc. It has almost wrecked a relationship, even. For me, I think I need to just eliminate the high-end stuff and the super dark stuff.

I am also really sensitive to caffeine, which has a similar though less dramatic effect.

October 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm
(211) Dave says:

… I also think its important to recognize there could be two factors in mood swings from candy (granted, I’m no expert) and your reaction could be to either or both:
1. chocolate
2. sugar

October 25, 2013 at 11:19 am
(212) Desiree says:

I absolutely have the same problem. In the past, I ate chocolate almost every day and suffered a lot of depressed feelings. I never knew it was chocolate. For the lost years I haven’t eaten chocolat anymore because I tried to stay away from sugar. I still don’t eat sugar but started to eat very dark chocolat over the last weeks since I read somewhere that it is healthy. And now I have these depressed feelings again (feels a bit like PMS)…

I know for sure now it’s the chocolate and I will never eat it again. Now I just have to make it through these 2 two days of depression…

I really wish that some clever reacher will get to the bottom of this. He or she will save a lot of – happy – lifes !

October 25, 2013 at 1:18 pm
(213) Desiree says:

and I want to add: me too, I am normally a very happy person. I did not start to eat chocolate because I was depressed or anything. I know it is not the sugar in the chocolate because every now and then I DO eat sugar and no depressive reaction at all ! The chocolate itself definitely does something bad for me and I am really happy to read that I am not the only one…..

October 27, 2013 at 7:56 am
(214) Tillam says:

YES!!! This took me many years to connect the dots, but chocolate definitely causes/exacerbates depressive feelings, I have been virtually chocolate free for almost two years, and my energy and concentration levels have rocketed up absolute big time. I can also wake up in the morning without that groggy feeling. I can go on

November 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm
(215) Jeff says:

Nice to have found a lot of like minds here. I’ve always loved chocolate, but for the past couple of years I seem to have developed a dependence on it—I have it every day, sometimes more than once a day, never in binge amounts but a good steady drip nonetheless. (It doesn’t help that my hometown has two chocolate shops and plenty of places to buy high-quality stuff—the next hit is just a short walk away.) My mood goes from fairly neutral to dark and the shades between, but never really happy. Sleep is poor, I overreact to things, and generally feel unfocused in life.

My naturopath and I agreed to give chocolate a break for three weeks, and also to test for possible allergies to it. I’m now on day five of my chocolate fast; so far I’ve only noticed that I’m feeling sluggish and very sleeping most of the time. I reckon I’ve been jacked on it for so long that my body never really knew what it was to relax. Hopefully I’ll see an uptick in my spirits eventually.

Kudos to everyone who is asking good questions about chocolate and making the choices around it they see fit.

December 15, 2013 at 7:26 am
(216) Fiona says:

Hi. I came across this site when I was doing some research on chocolate and mood. Chocolate is a great tasting treat but I too feel awful the next few days after eating the equivalent of 2 Freddo’s or more. I am just wondering whether it’s the actual cocoa or the sugar. As an experiment, I am going to get some sugar free chocolate from the health food shop and have100grams and see if I feel just as bad the next day. Will write back

December 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm
(217) Betsy says:

Fiona, I really believe it’s the chocolate. The reason I say this is because if I lay off the chocolate and just stick to the small amount of hard candies I like to indulge in, I don’t have the problem. However, switching to the chocolate, there it is again. I also have sugar in my decaf in the morning as well with no ill effect. It’s all interesting.

December 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm
(218) Keeks says:

SO glad to find this posting! Someone should start an informational website and forum for people with such sensitivities! Sounds like a Portlandia episode but, sadly, it’s true. Look at all the anecdotal evidence above. Your food, not only chocolate/caffeine, can cause all manner of emotional, psychological, and physiological problems. I used to be a die-hard coffee lover–every morning, I’d have to have one cup. But during the rigor of graduate studies, I started having mild to moderate anxiety attacks. It took me a while to realize the connection between the attacks and coffee. Once I cut coffee out, the attacks went away. Believe me, it took a while and I went through total coffee grief, as it SUCH a comfort and a “friend”, especially during the colder months. Years later, I still crave it and feel a slight high from even smelling it! But it’s not worth it.

Anyway, down the road, I noticed an increasing sensitivity to chocolate even. Even just a little bit. I would get a LOT more irritable, angry, very negative and mean thoughts, and just feel completely out of sorts. Whenever I cut it out for more than a few days, I notice a change in my mood and behavior. I am really NOT that person, though, which is really important to remember. Anyway, after cheating for the holidays, I noticed I’ve been waking up feeling extremely groggy, “hung over”, and unmotivated and felt kinda despondent about my mood. But then I found this thread, which was a great reminder that we don’t have to be THAT person. It’s so easy to lose touch with reality and have these “out of body” experiences and forget that a little morsel of chocolate can completely change who you normally are. Reading this has been a great reminder that cheating, even during the holidays, is SO not worth it. No matter how blissfully wonderful chocolate flourless torte is!

December 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm
(219) Erica says:

PS: I really hope more psychologist, psychiatrists, doctors, parents, teachers, etc. realize this could be the cause or “exacerbator” of certain cases of depression, anger, anxiety and other problems. There definitely needs to be more research done about it!

December 29, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(220) Carol says:

Wow! Thanks everyone for your posts. I find the 3 days mentioned in the posts fasinating, as that is exactly what I have observed. I feel good when I eat it, then often have a hard time getting to sleep, and the next day I will be so moody and blue and up and down emotionally. For me it’s a total roller coaster. It is only looking back and being able to say “it’s just the chocolate” that helps me through. I also get a lot of heart irregularity during that time, especially the first day. I am just coming out of a Christmas crash. I only ate a moderate amount, but was wide awake until 5AM Christmas Eve. Cocoa does it too. As a child, I would often turn down Mom’s offer of hot chocolate before going to wait for the school bus on a cold day, because I knew it would make me dizzy, and sometimes start to black out. But at that time, I did not connect it to other chocolate, like candy. We never had much around the house though.

The cockroach threory is interesting. I track other food sensitivies I have, so I know this is not corn, etc. I heard another theory on it really being the chemicals used on the chocolate, so tried organic with same bad results. Also not dairy or sugar. Mostly just learned to enjoy all the other wonderful flavors: vanilla, lemon, etc. but sure hope the chocolate craze ends soon. I think many people are reacting to it without knowing it, which is sad.

Occasinally, if I have not had any for a year or so, I can eat a very small amount, once or twice, then it catches up with me. If anyone out there is doing a study on this, I would be glad to help.

January 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm
(221) Elspeth says:

I am so glad I found this. I’ve had short bouts of mildish depression, and Seasonal Affective Disorder for years but am now struggling my way through post-cancer depression. 6 months in remission (yay) but 6 months in what I call depression, what psychologist calls low mood….

Anyhoo. I’ve been making roller-coaster process, gradually improving, though not good every day. I’d had 19 days, of which 12 were ‘good’ or better, and the others were no worse than the poor edge of fair. Suddenly yesterday I did nothing but cry, I felt absolutely dreadful, very bad. All I can think is that for the past few days I’ve been working my way through Christmas chocolates enthusiastically. I so enjoyed them! and I haven’t really eaten chocolate all that much this year – my tastebuds went to sleep during my treatment. Today was a very tearful morning but not as hysterical as yesterday, so I’m hoping tomorrow will be better still. I’m not saying it’s all chocolate’s fault, I’ve had setbacks before, and while horrible, I always get a bit farther forward before the next one; but this was so sudden – one day fine, the next sobbing hysterically – that I’m inclined to think it’s played a part.

January 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm
(222) JRB says:

I suffer from major depression but have also found that ingesting chocolate worsens my mood. Like others said here, I find that when I eat it at night, it can disrupt my sleep. And I have next day issues such as increased irritability, dysphoria and a lack of focus.

I was perplexed as to why chocolate – something touted as being so good for you – could make me have such a bad reaction. As many others have touched on, it might be the contribution of sugar and caffeine that are in most chocolate, but I think the most evident culprit might be the fact that cocoa contains high amounts of Phenylethylamine (PEA). Like chocolate, PEA has been touted as a “love drug.” Acute effects after ingestion include increases in dopamine and norepinephrine, but it also decreases serotonin. So this is perhaps the reason why the initial response to eating chocolate might be positive, but soon thereafter, it negative.

Here are some related posts I found interesting…
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/13/health/13real.html?_r=0
http://index.healthboards.com/angermanagement/chocolate-makes-me-angry/1/
http://www.socialanxietysupport.com/forum/f11/i-am-a-recovering-phenylethylamine-pea-addict-anyone-else-out-91376/
http://bluelight.org/vb/archive/index.php/t-414337.html
http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/59624-high-dose-phenylethylamine-pea-log/
http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/65400-how-to-prevent-chocolate-irritabilityanger/

reposted from above…
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201011/chocolate-the-good-the-bad-and-the-angry

January 23, 2014 at 11:59 am
(223) JRB says:

I suffer from major depression but have also found that ingesting chocolate worsens my mood. Like others said here, I find that when I eat it at night, it can disrupt my sleep. And I have next day issues such as increased irritability, dysphoria and a lack of focus.
I was perplexed as to why chocolate – something touted as being so good for you – could make me have such a bad reaction. As many others have touched on, it might be the contribution of sugar and caffeine that are in most chocolate, but I think the most evident culprit might be the fact that cocoa contains high amounts of Phenylethylamine (PEA). Like chocolate, PEA has been touted as a “love drug.” Acute effects after ingestion include increases in dopamine and norepinephrine, but it also decreases serotonin. So this is perhaps the reason why the initial response to eating chocolate might be positive, but soon thereafter, it negative.

February 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(224) winniewotknot says:

I am so glad I found this thread. I honestly thought I was going mad. To find out that I am not alone. Everytime I eat chocolate I am very low and crying all day long. When I tell people what happens, they don’t believe me. I had some boiled sweets with centres in them last week. I wasn’t aware that there was chocolate in them, until I was very tearful and low for a few days. I had to brake one open to find out. Inside was the hidden menace. I make sure I don’t eat any now or I can’t stop crying. Which upsets me and worries my family.

February 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm
(225) Greyson says:

I’m surprised no one’s mentioned the role the MAO enzyme has on intolerance to chocolate.

The MAO enzyme is responsible for breaking down some substances found in chocolate (PEA, which is similar to amphetamines, and an amino acid whose name I forget).

During hormonal fluctuations (ie menstrual cycles in women), and for people with genetic mutations, they have less MAO enzyme. This means these substances in chocolate don’t get broken down at the same rate as most people, and you end up irritable, angry, depressed, etc

See more here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201011/chocolate-the-good-the-bad-and-the-angry

February 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm
(226) Jill DeGroff says:

Yes, Chocolate has a horrible effect on my mind personality and robs me of all feelings of well being, causes terrible depression and even episodes of fury

March 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm
(227) Helen says:

I agree. I have found that eating any kind of chocolate makes me feel sad…depressed. I have noticed this for many years. We are told to eat some dark chocolate daily so I have been doing this for a week. I have been depressed more than usual, and have feeling of emptiness in my life…there IS emptiness in my life but Im more despondent over it now.
Someone should do a study on this and figure out WHY we get depressed when eating delicious chocolate. Its good when we eat it but later we suffer for it. Maybe it is like being on a sort of high then you come down. And what goes up must come down. Weird.

March 13, 2014 at 1:52 am
(228) SE says:

I have always experience this, but there IS a SOLUTION so that I can still eat chocolate. Dutch processed/alkalized cocoa powder does not make me depressed…it actually makes me feel better. I normally make hot chocolate(to satisfy my daily chocolate cravings) with this type of cocoa powder/ chocolate made with it. Hope that helps

March 21, 2014 at 3:07 pm
(229) Marcus says:

What if all of these people that have depression with chocolate are already taking in caffeinated beverages? I know I have a lot of coffee. Maybe chocolate puts things over the top?
I bet people who don’t drink coffee benefit from chocolate and it makes them happy vs us people that have a lot of coffee.

March 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm
(230) depressed chocoholic says:

I am relieved and depressed to read all the comments here. I love chocolate, LOVE IT. All my life it has been the food of the gods to me. If I want to celebrate I get chocolate, if I want to grieve I get chocolate, if I am bored I get chocolate. It’s almost been a hobby or a religion. And I’ve suffered from dysthymia (chronic depression) and major depression for almost all of my life. Coincidence? I think not.

Recently I’ve been doing a dairy free trial, so I switched over to dark chocolate which I normally limit because of the caffeine effect. Yesterday after eating dark chocolate I was plunged into very deep depression and could barely sleep all night long. And searching my memory this is not the first time this has happened. Even though I have less obvious reactions to milk chocolate, it is hard to believe that it is not harming me as well but in a less severe and clear way.

Talking about tyramines I also LOVE blue cheese and cheese in general. And cheese is of course BAD for me and makes my sinuses become inflamed and congested. So I guess I’ll just give up every food that I love and hope that the depressing effect of that will be offset by removing the depressing effects of the foods themselves.

April 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm
(231) Ailidh says:

Very, very glad to have found this thread – and if I’ve found it before and am repeating myself, I apologize!

I had some chemo and radio therapies last year, and was swamped with depression and anxiety as the treatment ended.
I am post-menopausal.

My mood and anxiety (none of which is overtly related to the cancer, which is in remission, I don’t sit round being sad about the illness) has gradually improved, through the passage of time and sheer hard work.

Just after Christmas, when I got most of my tastebuds back, I did have a bit of a chocolate fest – nothing like I would have done in the old days but perhaps a little more than was decent. I was in anxiety and tears for almost a week. I’d barely had any since then, the odd semi-coated biscuit, perhaps. My mood has been so good recently, that I thought I was “cured”, and have been eating a wider range of food, and on a couple of days last week several pieces of chocolate. I’ve have been anxious, tearful and angry for almost a week now – and very worried that I’m having a relapse. I think it’s chocolate + menopause + chemo: one I hope never to have again; another I can do nothing about and otherwise rather enjoy; the third – well, I’ll just have to give it up!

April 11, 2014 at 5:05 am
(232) craig says:

Well i’m so glad i am not the only one, yes chocolate really screws with my moods.I have been a chocoholic since i can remember,(now 33) the reasons i know this is true are pretty simple to discover if you monitor your diet closely and cut out alcohol altogether(not for ever-but months) my personal battle with chocolate cravings is an on going struggle, and as some of you have mentioned your gonna eat it anyway, well personally i see no other choice to dump it in the history dustbin, i feel fantastic, positive, and much clear headed without my scrumptious friend, that is chocolate lol( oh the thoughts) it just throws me of balance, it’s so fecking addictive tho, but i’m giving it up i swear…!!! chocolate you are now the ENEMY. give it up ya feel much better……

April 12, 2014 at 1:54 pm
(233) Pam says:

I can’t eat chocolate. I LOVE it – I mean LOVE it – don’t get me wrong – but it does strange things to me. And I KNOW it’s chocolate and not caffeine or sugar that does it because I can have coffee and not experience the same problem, or sugar (without chocolate or caffeine) and not experience the same problems.

So when I eat chocolate, at FIRST it lifts my mood…and if I have just a little bit too much (like more than 3 squares of dark chocolate) I then get a racing heart, and feel light-headed, and kinda unstable. It takes ~6 hours for me to get over those feelings. But if I have just a bit – like 1 or 2 squares of 75% dark or greater, I just feel the energy boost and mood boost – but then by about 2 hours later, my mood tanks. And I also feel abnormally tired…like drained. And I get cranky, irritable, and more on edge.

I have experimented and experimented with myself over this for years because I love chocolate so much – I always hoped it was something else…but it’s not. It’s definitely the chocolate. I have done restrictive diets, food rotations, etc…and I know it’s chocolate that does this.

The weird thing is – I didn’t used to be affected like this – it has gotten worse with age. Anyway, it’s hard as hell…but I find if I just eliminate it completely, I am my calm, happy, level-headed self again. It’s like my TRUE personality emerges. Also, my skin clears up and I just look healthier overall.

I’m not saying everyone is like this. My husband can eat mounds and it doesn’t affect him like it does to me. But I figure, just some of us have trouble metabolizing it – and for us it’s more addictive and more detrimental. I just do best abstaining from it forever…but it stinks ’cause I love it SO much. Alas….

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