BMJ 2014;348:g329 doi: 10.1136/bmj.g329 (Published 21 January 2014)

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Chocolate consumption and the Nobel prize Chris Vinden general surgeon London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada

It is unfortunate that Gajendragadkar and colleagues did not do a detailed subgroup analysis on the types of chocolates that decayed most rapidly and which types had longer half lives.1 They missed a wonderful opportunity to send a message to Nestlé that there are too many of the hard chewy ones and not enough of the orange crèmes in Quality Street.

Also the authors state “it is likely that excessive consumption will lead to deleterious effects on population health, outweighing any potential benefits.” Perhaps they are not aware of the seminal paper by Messerli published last year,2 which showed a strong correlation between national per capita chocolate consumption and the winning of Nobel prizes.

Competing interests: I have a preference for Terry’s dark chocolate oranges. 1 2

Gajendragadkar PR, Moualed DJ, Nicolson PLR, Adjei FD, Cakebread HE, Duehmke RM, et al. The survival time of chocolates on hospital wards: covert observational study. BMJ 2013;347:f7198. (14 December.) Messerli FH. Chocolate consumption, cognitive function, and Nobel laureates. N Engl J Med 2012;367:1562-4.

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