I hope you are one of those who like eating chocolates? If you are wondering whether there is any particular significance attached to it, there is. There is a positive link between eating chocolates and winning the Nobel Prize!
So, what does eating chocolate have to do with becoming a laureate? As per Dr. Franz H. Messerli, cardiologist at St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, they boost up your chances of winning the prize. He has even published his unique findings in the New England Journal of Medicine. His findings are based on the number of Nobel laureates a country has produced vis-à-vis the annual chocolate consumption of the country.
This is not the first time that a link between chocolate consumption and supposedly improved intellectual abilities has been established. It is really presence of the ingredient flavanol, which cocoa is rich in, that is responsible for enhanced brain function.
No surprises for guessing which country tops the list of the most number of Nobel laureates per 100 million people; as per Messerli’s findings, it is the renowned chocolate makers of the world, the Swiss. Sweden took the second slot, followed by Denmark at the third spot.
U.S acquired the middle slot, with countries like Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and France for company. China as per Messerli’s list was towards the bottom of the list.
Now if you were wondering as to how much chocolate consumption would be ideal, Messerli says that ideally 0.4 kg/0.9 lbs. of chocolate per capita per year is required to boost up brain power.
Taking the chocolate debate further, Eric Cornell, an American physicist who shared Nobel Prize for physics in 2001, told Reuters in jest,
Personally I feel that milk chocolate makes you stupid. Now dark chocolate is the way to go. It’s one thing if you want like a medicine or chemistry Nobel Prize, ok, but if you want a physics Nobel Prize it pretty much has got to be dark chocolate.
Cornell jokingly credited his Nobel success to eating chocolates!
So white or dark, eat more chocolates to keep your mental faculties up and running. And in case you are one of those, who do not particularly fancy chocolates, then fret not, flavanols, the brain-enhancing ingredient which is also associated with reduced risk of dementia, can be found in red wine, apples, grapes and even tea.
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