Drink Your Milk: It Could Help You Win a Nobel Prize

Does drinking more milk mean you're more likely to get a Nobel Prize? A new study suggests that there may be a link.

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Will drinking more milk increase the likelihood of winning a Nobel Prize?

Nations whose people consume the most milk and dairy products, per capita, also win the most Nobel Prizes, per capita, according to a new study published in the British journal Practical Neurology.

Take Sweden, the country most associated with the Nobel prizes. For every 10 million Swedes, there are 31.855 Nobel prizes.  The Swedes also consume about 772 lb. (350 kg) of milk each, on average, over the course of a year, reported the Los Angeles Times.

At the bottom of the list is China.  The country has won 0.06 Nobel Prizes per 10 million people – its first one was awarded last year to author Mo Yan – and the average person drinks less than 110 lb. (50 kg) of milk per year. The United States came in around the middle with 10.731 Nobel wins per 10 million people and a milk consumption of about 551 lb. (250 kg) per person per year.

The study’s authors, Sarah Linthwaite and Geraint N. Fuller of the Gloucester Royal Hospital in the United Kingdom, set out to find a link between milk and Nobel Prizes after reading a report last year that associated consumption of chocolate with Nobel wins.

Although Linthwaite and Fuller found an association between a nation’s milk and dairy consumption and the number of Nobel laureates, their study didn’t prove a cause-and-effect relationship, cautions U.S. News & World Report.

Instead, the authors posit that milk consumption might be a reflection of a strong educational system.  They also noted that milk is rich in vitamin D, which research has shown may boost brain power.

Interestingly, chocolate consumption turns out to be a better predictor of Nobel wins than milk—bad news for parents everywhere.

21 comments
judyplee
judyplee

Hey, Liu Xiao Bo won the Nobel Peace Prize before Mo Yan's in Literature, he is the first one, so that doesn't count?

Kabs Kubs
Kabs Kubs

all of you authors,scientists,economists,do-gooders--make sure you're not lactose intolerant,otherwise kiss all your nobel dream goodbye...

skal888
skal888

Hmmmm, maybe this is so because the Nobel Prize is a Scandinavian creation presented by Swedish people. There is a little bias there... of course they would be more likely to recognize their own rather than foreigners. Can't believe I wasted my time with this article.

Jason Sallas
Jason Sallas

I'll put Nobel prize on my list. Thanks, milk.

Tim Mandese
Tim Mandese

Is that how Obama won it? I never could understand what he did to deserve it. Milk drinking.....whoda thunk it? :/

Christopher J. Martinez
Christopher J. Martinez

If its organic - but milk really isn't that good for you - Coconut Milk is as well as Almond Milk - Soy is bad unless its fermented soy -

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Maca
Maca

I MEANT TO SAY : "Scandinavians lead the way (globally) in food intolerance and allergy research – because they are..."

Maca
Maca

The article is rather nonsensical, to say the least. How about: 1) the Nobel Prize is Swedish, and so Swedes can, if they wish, win the most prizes; 2) It’s been factually documented that Scandinavians are genetically most tolerant to some of the toughest and most allergenic foods in the world: super glutens and dairy products – a weird reality. While 90% of humans of other countries (including Europeans) stop producing lactase (the enzyme needed to digest milk) at about age 5, 80% of adult Scandinavians still produce the enzyme; 3) Scandinavians lead the way (globally) in food intolerance and allergy issues – because they are arguably the most haunted by such problems thanks to their eating habits; 4) Ancestors of modern Africans didn’t evolve with dairy and gluten and white sugar – and so these things tend to cause more heart diseases and other degenerative diseases in modern Africans than they do to modern Europeans whose ancestors ate these things out of poor knowledge and lack of better options; 5) Dairy is bad for all humanity, since – even though certain humans can digest it at adult age, like the mentioned Scandinavians – no human whomsoever possesses “rennin”, the enzyme needed to extract the nutritional contents of animal milk; calves alone possess rennin. That’s obviously why nations who consume most dairy also have the most cases of osteoporosis. Africans consume the least amount of milk and also have the least cases of osteoporosis. If Westerners truly have access to the “calcium” and “vitamin D” we are meant to believe are in dairy, why then are they so troubled by osteoporosis – to begin with.

Swedencalling
Swedencalling

This is crap science, and by the way. As for "For every 10 million Swedes, there are 31.855 Nobel prizes", whoever wrote that has obviously no idea at all about the Nobel Prize or, at least, he or she cannot count.