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Chocolate Consumption Linked to Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Update Date: Oct 11, 2012 03:47 PM EDT

A surprising correlation was made by authors in the New England Journal of Medicine, where researchers note that the more chocolate consumed by people of a country, the more Nobel Peace prize winners that country seems to pump out.

Columbia University professor Franz Messerli writes, "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." Chocolate, made from Cocoa beans, are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids.

Chocolate, among some fruits, such as berries, and beverages, like green tea and red wine, have been proven to slow the cognitive ageing process and, researchers were curious to see if chocolate could improve the academic performance of whole nations if it has already been proven to 
provide individualized cognitive boosts.

Results of the study shows that Switzerland, a country that perfected the manufacturing process of the modern chocolate bar in the 19th century was, according to a report released by AFP, the top performer in terms of both the number of Nobel laureates and chocolate consumption."

 The United States, France and Germany are in the middle of the list, while China, Japan and Brazil are at the bottom, the source reveals. The data was gathered from figures on chocolate consumption released by manufacturers.

However based solely on figures, Messerli writes  that Sweden would have produced a total of 14. Nobel laureates when in fact the number is more than double.

He explains that either the mathematical discrepancy is because of  "some inherent patriotic bias when assessing the candidates for these awards," since the Committee is based in Stockholm or Swedes "are particularly sensitive to chocolate, and even minuscule amounts greatly enhance their cognition."note that Adding a caveat, Messerli writes that the findings are "Hypothesis-generating only" and must be tested for sound validity.

In the mean time, let your kid have that extra piece of candy before bed on Halloween---on the off chance that it will make him a Nobel Peace prize winning prodigy.

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