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Entry from November 15, 2017
“Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is less used as dessert than it is as an anti-depressant”

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream—a very richly flavored, premium ice cream—is often said to be an anti-depressant, and this has some chemical basis. Ghrelin, called the “hunger hormone,” might be affected.

“Or Ben & Jerry’s ice cream if she’s depressed” was published in 1997 about the actress Brooke Shields. “ Ben & Jerry’s anti-depressant therapy in Bridget Jones The Edge Of Reason“ was printed in a 2004 newspaper. “Use my favorite anti-depressant - Ben & Jerry’s!” was posted on Twitter on March 5, 2009. “Stephen Colbert just pulled out a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and called it an anti-depressant” was posted on Twitter on September 29, 2009.

“Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is less used as dessert than it is as an anti-depressant” was posted on Reddit—Shower Thoughts on November 15, 2017.


Wikipedia: Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings Inc, trading and commonly known as Ben & Jerry’s, is an American company that manufactures ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet. It was founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont, and operates globally as a subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever. Its headquarters is in South Burlington, Vermont with its main factory in Waterbury, Vermont.

Wikipedia: Ghrelin
Ghrelin (pronounced /ˈɡrɛlɪn/), the “hunger hormone”, also known as lenomorelin (INN), is a peptide hormone produced by ghrelinergic cells in the gastrointestinal tract which functions as a neuropeptide in the central nervous system. Besides regulating appetite, ghrelin also plays a significant role in regulating the distribution and rate of use of energy.

7 December 1988, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “A Scientific Look At Chocolate” by Irene Sax, pg. 3:
Weil agreed that chocolate is used as an an instant anti-depressant by some people. But in his practice, he said, they’re always women, which leads him to suspect that there’s a substance in chocolate that reacts with female hormones.

18 November 1997, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), “People,” pg. 2A:
Brooke Shields, star of NBC’s “Suddenly Susan,” says macaroni keeps her happy. Or Ben & Jerry’s ice cream if she’s depressed.

12 November 2004, Toronto (ON) Star, “Bridget’s make-believe life” by Geoff Peyers, pg. D3:
In the customary course of events, there are only four reasons why a man would find himself watching Renee Zellweger undertake Ben & Jerry’s anti-depressant therapy in Bridget Jones The Edge Of Reason

HuffPost
HEALTHY LIVING 08/07/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011
Ice Cream: The New Anti-Depressant?
James Potash, M.D. abcnews.com
Is ice cream an antidepressant?

Some patients with depression will eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at night before they go to bed. They feel comforted — at least briefly — by the high-calorie treat. Of course, it doesn’t take too many nights of this before the pounds start piling up.

New research published in the journal Nature Neuroscience this month may shed some light on the biological relationship between depression and appetite. While it does not show that Ben and Jerry’s is an antidepressant, it does suggest that a brain chemical, that motivates the consumption of the ice cream, may be.

The chemical is called ghrelin, and it is naturally produced in the brain and the stomach.

Twitter
Nick Ovey‏
@nickovey
ben & jerry’s really is an incredibly powerful antidepressant.
5:13 PM - 1 Nov 2008

Twitter
Steve Bondy‏
@srbondy
Replying to @JenValencia
@jenvalencia Use my favorite anti-depressant - Ben & Jerry’s!
10:11 AM - 5 Mar 2009

Twitter
Stephanie Fleming‏
@safleming19
Stephen Colbert just pulled out a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and called it an anti-depressant. I knew we were soul mates. I always knew it!
6:35 PM - 29 Sep 2009

Twitter
Nicole Lee 🍂‏
@nicole
Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia should be labeled as an anti-depressant.
9:49 PM - 23 May 2010

Twitter
Ben & Jerry’s SG‏
@BenandjerrySG
“Eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s is like taking an anti-depressant that works. You feel better. You just do.” http://is.gd/hGwAx
1:16 AM - 24 Nov 2010

Twitter
Kyle‏
@klikekyle
Some people prefer the anti-depressant that comes in the form of a pill. I prefer a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
1:33 AM - 13 Feb 2012

Twitter
Dan‏
@Nyangasm
Ben & Jerry’s is pretty much an anti-depressant with extreme amounts of calories.
1:12 PM - 30 May 2012

Twitter
hol‏
@HollieRoe_
Ben and Jerry’s is the best anti-depressant known to man
1:47 AM - 11 Jan 2013

Twitter
Rufus |-/‏
@TheDeathOfRufus
I swear Ben&Jerry’s is an anti-depressant
1:57 PM - 11 Feb 2013

Twitter
George Bennett‏
@GeorgeBeno4
Why don’t doctors just prescribe Ben and Jerry’s as an anti-depressant? It does a pretty good job.
1:56 PM - 12 Feb 2013

Twitter
jeffreyrobert206‏
@funnyjeffrey
On a new anti-depressant. Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream. No prescription. Working good so far - seven minutes in.
11:25 PM - 22 Mar 2013

Twitter
Daniel Vieira‏
@Daniel_MrV
The Ben and Jerry’s peanut butter ice cream could be used as an anti-depressant its that good
8:35 AM - 30 Mar 2013

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Ben and Jerry’s ice cream is less used as dessert than it is as an anti-depressant
submitted November 15, 2017 by mattoman81
COMMENTS
Guest_1337
I am fine with both

Posted by Barry Popik
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