Nobel-Winning Chocolate

Researchers have discovered a strange link between how much chocolate a country consumes and how many Nobel Prize laureates it has.

Chocolate can help you win a Nobel Prize, according to a new medical study

The higher a country’s chocolate consumption, the more Nobel laureates it spawns per capita, according to findings released today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

And guess who leads the pack? The Swiss, of course, closely followed by the Swedes and the Danes. The U.S. is somewhere in the middle of chocolate consumption and Nobel Prize winners per capita. To produce just one more laureate, the nation would have to up its cocoa intake by a whopping 275 million pounds a year, according to Dr. Franz Messerli, who did the analysis.

“The amount it takes, it’s actually quite stunning, you know,” Messerli chuckled. “The Swiss eat 120 bars – that is, 3-ounce bars – per year, for every man, woman and child, that’s the average.”

The study is a little tongue-in-cheek, though the results are real. And maybe that’s why The European Union just won a Nobel Peace Prize – it’s surely no coincidence that chocolate-gobbling Sweden and Denmark are member states. Right? Then again, Switzerland isn’t in the EU…

Stacy Johnson

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