Cloudy
2°CTue :Partly Cloudy/Wind. High: 18 Low: -2

Drinking milk can win you a Nobel Prize: Study

Drinking milk can win you a Nobel Prize: Study

London: Countries that consume large quantities of milk and its products also tend to have a lot of Nobel laureates among their populations, according to new research.

A previous study published in the New England Journal of Medicine had reported a strong association between a nation`s chocolate consumption and Nobel laureate prowess, speculating that the flavonoid content of chocolate was behind the boost in brain power.

This got the authors of the new research thinking. As chocolate is often combined with milk, could it be the amount of milk/milk products consumed per head that fuels Nobel Prize success?

In a paper published in journal Practical Neurology, they looked at the 2007 data from the Food and Agriculture Organisation on per capita milk consumption in 22 countries as well as the information provided by the author of the chocolate theory, and found a significant association.

Sweden has the most Nobel laureates per 10 million of its population (33). Although, it hosts the Nobel committee, which some might argue could introduce an element of bias; it also consumes the most milk per head of the population, getting through 340 kg every year.

And Switzerland, which knocks back 300 kg of the white stuff every year, has a Nobel haul of similar proportions (32).

At the other end of the scale, China has the lowest number of Nobel laureates in its population. But it also has the lowest milk consumption of the countries studied – at around 25 kg a year.

There does seem to be a ceiling effect, however, noted the authors, with no discernible impact beyond an annual per capita consumption of 350 kg, as Finland`s Nobel haul seems to attest.

“Is milk consumption therefore simply a reflection of a strong educational system, or do Nobel Prize winners celebrate by drinking it?” the authors queried.

But there is a plausible biological explanation for the link: milk is rich in vitamin D, and this may boost brain power, the evidence suggested.

“So to improve your chances of winning Nobel prizes you should not only eat more chocolate but perhaps drink milk too: or strive for synergy with hot chocolate,” they concluded.

 

Top Stories

Post retirement, PM to move to bungalow vacated by Sheila Dikshit

Post retirement, PM to move to bungalow vacated by Sheila Dikshit

February-28-2014
New Delhi: A sprawling bungalow on Motilal Nehru Place will be the abode of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once he retires after
Sukhbir Singh Badal takes jibe at Congress, dubs it as 'politically pauper'

Sukhbir Singh Badal takes jibe at Congress, dubs it as ‘politically pauper’

February-28-2014
Muktsar: Describing Congress as “politically pauper”, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday alleged that Congress was facing severe political
Train fires: Railways to reply SC on use of sub-standard materials

Train fires: Railways to reply SC on use of sub-standard materials

February-28-2014
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Centre and Railways on the allegation that use of sub-standard materials
Dark matter annihilation may be possible

Dark matter annihilation may be possible

February-28-2014
Washington: Researchers have claimed that gamma-ray photons observed from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility
INS Sindhuratna fire: Police register accidental death case

INS Sindhuratna fire: Police register accidental death case

February-28-2014
Mumbai: On Thursday, police registered a case of accidental death over the fire incident on board the submarine INS Sindhuratna, in which
Electric bus service debuts in Bangalore

Electric bus service debuts in Bangalore

February-28-2014
Bangalore: State-run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) Friday began operating an electrically-charged bus service to provide eco-friendly public transport to commuters. Initially,