Does Eating Organic Food Turn People Into Jerks?
Living 2012/05/22 18:00:00
Admit it, you've definitely noticed. The people who eat organic foods, shop at farmers markets and carry their own reusable shopping bags may be healthier and doing their part for the Earth, but they're also a little bit ... obnoxious. And a new study proves it's not just a stereotype.
Study author Kendall Eskine, assistant professor of the department of psychological sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans, conducted a series of experiments and found that organic food eaters were much more judgmental of other people's moral transgressions. They were also less likely to help out a needy stranger than non-organic food eaters.
"There's something about being exposed to organic food that made them feel better about themselves," says Eskine, according to The "Today" show. "And that made them kind of jerks a little bit, I guess." Why? "People may feel like they've done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on." We think it's great to eat as healthy (and as greenly) as possible. But it's no excuse for turning up your nose at Ding Dong lovers!
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