It seems milk does a brain good, too, according to a letter published in the journal Practical Neurology. The authors of the letter, intrigued by research published in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggested a link between a nation’s chocolate consumption and number of Nobel Prize winners, looked at data from the Food and Agriculture Organization on per capita milk consumption in 22 countries and found that milk consumption had a significant association with the number of Nobel Prize winners.
Sweden has the most Nobel laureates (33 for every 10-million people) and also consumes the most milk products, followed by Switzerland, which has similar numbers.
The authors found that China had the lowest number of Nobel laureates and also the lowest milk consumption of the countries studied. Canadians are somewhere in the middle, with 21 Nobel Prize winners and a good (though not quite as ravenous as the Swedes) taste for milk.
Sure, there could be other explanations for the correlation, and drinking a few gallons of moo juice probably won’t turn you into Einstein, but it couldn’t hurt.