Thinking about winning a Nobel Prize may be to soon for us to think about but actually, we can all start now. And there are no better way to start than by eating CHOCOLATE!!! Yes, chocolate, something we all love to do already.
To be exact eating the greatest amount of chocolate won’t automatically earn us the Noble Prize, it actually helps us slow down or even reversing age-related cognitive decline. This is due to flavanols, a plant based compound that is found in cocoa.
New England Journal of Medicine, Dr.Franz H. Messerli, a cardiologist at ST.Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City wondered “whether there would be a correlation between a country’s level of chocolate consumption and its population’s cognitive function.” But since “no data on overall national cognitive function are publicly available,” Messerli decided to use the number of Nobel laureates per capita as a stand-in.
Messerli took the data from Wikipedia, and he noticed that there was a surprisingly powerful correlation (relation) between a country’s consumption of chocolates and the number of Nobel Prize’s won per 10 million people For example, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark were at the top of the lists in both the consumption of chocolates and number of laureates per million. While China, Japan and Brazil were near the bottom of the list in both the consumption of chocolates and number of laureates per million.
Messerli even calculated the dose of chocolate necessary to increase any country’s laureates by one is 0.4kg of chocolate per capita per year. “Obviously, these findings are hypothesis-generating only and will have to be tested in a prospective, randomized trial,” Messerli wrote. He noted that the data doesn’t prove that eating chocolate actually cause one to be smarter. It could just be that smarter people tend to eat more chocolates.
Maybe Messerli’s hypothesis was true, maybe it wasn’t. We wouldn’t know until a few specific scientific papers are publicly published. We can just hope and dream that winning a Nobel Prize could be a simple as eating chocolate.