Could eating chocolate get you a Nobel Prize?

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows an association between the average amount of chocolate each person in country eats, and the number of Nobel Prize winners that country produces. But as the author points out, an association doesn't necessarily mean that eating chocolate makes you smart. And this is where risk comes in - it's easy to believe that an association between a substance and a disease means that the one causes the other. But without more information, it's all too easy to have a "Nobel-Chocolate" moment. For more information, please visit http://riskbites.org/?p=150 Source: Messerli F H (2012) Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates. N Engl J Med 367;16 The original New England Journal of Medicine paper is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMon1211064 - although unfortunately it's behind a paywall. You can read more about the science behind chocolate and health at http://www.mindthesciencegap.org/2012/10/19/for-the-love-of-chocolate/ Click here to see more videos: https://alugha.com/RiskBites 

LicenseCreative Commons Attribution

More videos by this producer

Hazard vs Risk - Same Difference?

Is there a difference even? We'll be covering this more when Risk Bites launches officially in November, but until then, here's a quick intro. For more information on the Risk Bites videos, including links to further resources, check out http://riskbites.com (And if you feel like you're suffering

Ten ways water can kill

A tongue in cheek look at the potential dangers associated with water - that at the same time sets the scene for some rather intriguing future videos on risk and safety. For more information see http://riskbites.org/2012/08/16/ten-ways-water-can-kill/ Water, ice, steam, risk, health, science, safe

Is sitting around too much bad for you?

Could the simple act of sitting around on our backsides for too long be bad for our health? Quite possibly! This week's Risk Bites team: David Faulkner (Script, post-production) Andrew Maynard (all the other stuff) Click here to see more videos: https://alugha.com/RiskBites  Sources: Healy, Gen