11 Oct '12, 7am

Countries that eat more chocolate produce more Nobel Prize winners, according to a new report

NEW YORK - Take this with a grain of salt, or perhaps some almonds or hazelnuts: A study ties chocolate consumption to the number of Nobel Prize winners a country has and suggests it is a sign that the sweet treat can boost brain power. No, this does not appear in the satirical Onion newspaper. It is in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, which published it online yesterday as a "note" rather than a rigorous, peer-reviewed study. The author - Dr Franz Messerli, of St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia University in New York - writes that there is evidence that flavanols in green tea, red wine and chocolate can help "in slowing down or even reversing" age-related mental decline - a contention some medical experts may dispute. Nevertheless, he examined whether a country's per-capita chocolate consumption was related to the number of Nobels it had won - a pos...

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