In Svizzera si mangia più cioccolato e si vincono più Nobel
L’anomalia della Svezia: poco cioccolato, molti premi Nobel
Il cioccolato ci rende dunque più studiosi e capaci di imparare? Forse.
Some coincidences intrigue and amaze: one of them established statistically a link between chocolate consumption and the victory of Nobel laureates.
It is not a joke, or a slogan nor a popular belief, but a study published in a leading medical journal in the world, the New England Journal Of Medicine.
In his article Chocolate Consumption in research, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates Franz H. Messerli of Columbia University in New York, examined data on consumption in twenty-three countries in the world and the number of awards won by each until 2011.
“Because chocolate can hypothetically improve cognitive function not only in individuals but also in terms of population – says Messerli – I wondered if there could be a correlation between the levels of national trade chocolate averages and cognitive function. There are none data on cognitive function averages publicly available . Presumably, however, the total number of Noble awards per capita can serve as a surrogate reference”.
In Switzerland you eat more chocolate and win more Nobel
If you think about chocolate comes into mind Switzerland: well, the study shows that this country is the first to consume chocolate, with thirty pounds per person per year, and that’s the one that got the most awards.
At the bottom Japan, Brazil, Portugal, Poland and Italy: less than five pounds apiece, less Nobel.
The result is that it seems likely that its intake provides the fertile ground necessary for the proliferation of awards.
The anomaly of Sweden: little chocolate, many Nobel laureates
Anomaly concerns the homeland of this honor worldwide, Sweden: Here, with a consumption of only 6.4 kilograms per capita there is a number of awards practically equal to that of Switzerland.
Messerli assumed a kind of preference by the Den Norske Nobelkomité playing at home, because it is based in Oslo, to be precise. Or maybe the Swedes are so sensitive to chocolate with lower quantities have gotten better cognitive performance.
Chocolate makes us more scholars and therefore capable of learning? Maybe.
Certainly, a study of this kind, when we bite a piece of this delicious food, it makes us feel better immediately. Maybe not immediately smarter, but certainly a bit less guilty.