Chocolate linked to number of Nobel Prize winners

Noting emerging research linking dietary flavonoids from chocolate with reduced dementia risk in individuals, New York cardiologist Dr Franz Messerli wondered if there would be a correlation between per capita chocolate consumption and the cognitive functioning of whole populations.

He decided that Nobel Prize winning ability would be a suitable surrogate for superior cognitive functioning and compared country ranking for numbers of Nobel laureates with data on annual intake of chocolate obtained from manufacturers.

He discovered a “surprisingly powerful” correlation.

“There was a close, significant linear correlation… between chocolate consumption per capita and the number of Nobel laureates per 10 million persons in a total of 23 countries,” Dr Messerli reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

He found that Switzerland was the top performer with the most chocolate consumed and the most Nobel