This year, Beyonce and Pepsi are going to star in the Super Bowl halftime show. But what’s the real drink of champions? Researchers in Gloucester, England, would argue that it’s milk.
As you may know, many experts question the nutritional value of milk. (See here.) But the Gloucester scientists point out that nations that drink the most milk have the most Nobel laureates per capita.
According to the latest available figures, Sweden is the country with the most Nobel laureates per every 10 million of population (33). Of course, the Nobel committee meets in Sweden, a fact that gives the Swedes home-field advantage. But Swedes also consume the most milk per person. Each Swede, on average, guzzles 340 kg of milk annually. That’s almost 750 pounds.
And Switzerland, which knocks back 300 kg of the white stuff per person every year (more than 660 pounds), has a Nobel total similar to Sweden. The Swiss have copped 32 Nobels per 10 million residents.
The same researchers have also produced research showing that countries consuming the most chocolate capture the largest number of Nobel awards.
At the bottom of the Nobel scale are the Chinese. China has the lowest number of Nobel laureates proportion to its population. It also has the lowest per person milk consumption of the countries studied, only about 25 kg a year (55 pounds).