It looks like eating delicious chocolate could eventually get you your very own Nobel Prize. A study links chocolate eating to winning Nobel Prizes. But it does take a huge amount of chocolate intake to get you a Nobel Prize.
Chocolate or more appropriately cacao seems to be the holy grail of “alternative” medicine. Whereas during diets, eating tons of chocolate is prohibited, some people are not at all worried about the extra pounds. A study says that geniuses like to eat chocolate after researchers found a link between dark gold and winning Nobel Prizes.
Dr. Franz Messerli published in the New England Journal of Medicine one unusual study about eating chocolate and becoming a genius worthy of the Nobel Prize. Dr. Messerli made an analysis based on a country’s chocolate consumption and the Nobel laureates per capita. Apparently it takes a nation some 275 million pounds of cocoa intake a year to produce another Nobel Prize laureate.
“…since chocolate consumption has been documented to improve, cognitive function, it seems most likely that in a dose-dependent way, chocolate intake provides the abundant fertile ground needed for the sprouting of Nobel laureates” said Dr. Franz Messerli. Still, before ravaging through stores for brain-boosting chocolate, “these findings are hypothesis-generating only and will have to be tested in a prospective, randomized trial”.
Switzerland, the country of divine chocolate and sky slopes, is currently the country with the highest intake of chocolate. It is also the country with the biggest number of Nobel Prize laureates per capita and it’s not a coincidence if we go with Dr. Messerli’s analysis. However, “the amount it takes, it’s actually quite stunning you know” warns the researcher.
“The Swiss eat 120 bars – that is, 3 – ounce bars – per year, for every man, woman and child, that’s the average” said Dr. Messerli. And there’s no coincidence involved in the link between chocolate eating and winning Nobel Prizes. “…the odds of this being due to chance are less than one in 10,000” he told Reuters.
One Nobel Prize laureate gushed his success is due to eating chocolate. “I attribute essentially all my success to the very large amount of chocolate that I consume. Personally I feel that milk chocolate makes you stupid. Now dark chocolate is the way to go” said Eric Cornell, Nobel Prize laureate in 2001.