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Does Eating Organic Food Turn People Into Jerks?

Living 2012/05/22 18:00:00
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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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  • Night 2012/05/23 03:36:23
    No
    Night
    +1
    Not eating it no but thinking by doing so makes them more superior yes.
  • bluelady 2012/05/23 03:17:11
    Yes
    bluelady
    poor, undernourished ones too... organic usually means twice as expensive and not as good quality wise...I garden, and I dont use pesticides on what I am going to eat , but I will give a drink of Miracle Gro to my plants and I usually start seed in a good quality potting soil... I cant afford the organic veggie prices and honestly, they just dont look as good as the traditional
  • L1 2012/05/23 02:57:45
    No
    L1
    +1
    It's not the food, it's the person's character that determines who is a jerk.
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2012/05/23 02:33:54
    Yes
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    For some yes.
  • Pookie 2012/05/23 02:26:47
    No
    Pookie
    +2
    Whoa what? Sodahead.... this wasnt a stereotype in the first place, your making it one. Everyone, If you seriously believe you are what you eat, mentally. Then I must be an egg doing this: eggy
  • Laura 2012/05/23 02:22:49
    No
    Laura
    No...not at all. I am sure there are jerks who buy organic food just as there are jerks who buy conventional food.....
  • Kurbdog 2012/05/23 02:17:31
    Yes
    Kurbdog
    +2
    Show me ANY inorganic foods ......................dumb.
  • jackie 2012/05/23 02:08:17 (edited)
    No
    jackie
    People can have their own personal preference, if they wanna eat healthy and carry around their bag then let them. but I havent people who were like that and obnoxious tho. sometimes I go to the organic food store and get some food, it feels good to know what im getting is organic but im not obnoxious.
  • Splinter76 2012/05/23 02:00:31
    No
    Splinter76
    I'm quite nice. :)
  • Ozymandias 2012/05/23 01:55:10
    No
    Ozymandias
    +1
    I don't think so. It just means you're meticulous about certain eating habits.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/05/23 01:48:28
    No
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +3
    oh your an idiot Sodahead Seriously People who eat Organic are jerks?
    oh please
    facepalm
  • David 2012/05/23 01:45:51
    No
    David
    +1
    It's more like jerks prefer so-called "organic food". I think it's a law of nature...
  • Sayer Stewart 2012/05/23 01:42:02
  • Kigan 2012/05/23 01:41:14
    No
    Kigan
    +2
    They were jerks before eating the organic food. Now they just believe they have a position that justifies it.
  • Patric 2012/05/23 01:34:33
    No
    Patric
    +2
    they ARE jerks, who just happen to eat organic food....
  • bellybob 2012/05/23 01:29:53 (edited)
    No
    bellybob
    +2
    If someone has the extra money to buy "organic" foods then by all means buy it. That don't make them jerks.. If you think about it everyone kinda acts "jerky" now and then.. I keep a reusable shopping bag in the truck because some of the stores I shop in either don't have them or you have to pay for them. Sometimes I buy veggies at a veggie stand that don't mean it "organic" it means the price is a tad cheaper...Does that make me a "jerk"??? I have been called worse but, never to my face I wonder why??



    jerk jerk
  • tobe 2012/05/23 01:20:30
    No
    tobe
    +2
    there are just a lot of cocky people who go organic. Its not the food.
  • Somkey ... tobe 2012/05/23 08:08:21
    Somkey the Hores
    Eco-freako green weenies.
  • 10sgirl 2012/05/23 01:10:03
    No
    10sgirl
    +1
    My family just switched to eating more organic foods and I don't think we turned into jerks. I don't think this is true!
  • Waiting in the Wings 2012/05/23 01:08:53
    No
    Waiting in the Wings
    As long as they keep it to themselves.
  • cutie trin 2012/05/23 00:55:50
    No
    cutie trin
    +2
    i eat all organics
  • Marc Allen 2012/05/23 00:53:58
    No
    Marc Allen
    +1
    Not really. Some chose to turn into jerks considering how good they feel after eating expecting everyone should do the same.I was like that once.I just try to educate common sense.If we don't feel right after eating something ,stop eating it.I can lecture you if you want.
  • Linkums 2012/05/23 00:11:03
    No
    Linkums
    +1
    It's just that jerks tend to eat organic and do other things in an attempt to feel superior to others.
  • TC1116 2012/05/23 00:10:31
    No
    TC1116
    +1
    Some may seem snooty. Some may actually "be" jerks. But, odds are they were that way long before the diet.
  • Bigbrowneyes 2012/05/22 23:33:18
    No
    Bigbrowneyes
    +1
    Tempted to say yes, but I don't believe the speculation provided. I think *some* people who eat organic foods try to convince others to do it and look down on others' diets because they either care about the other people or think to themselves, "I was once in their place!" and treat them negatively because of it.

    If they're obnoxious...ignore them if you don't care.

    I'm sure they're not the ones hurting anything...
  • Recruit 2012/05/22 23:31:59
  • DizziNY 2012/05/22 23:27:46 (edited)
    No
    DizziNY
    I think people who eat non-organic food get all those chemicals in them and mess with their brains and all. GMOs are not healthy.

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  • Cellar Door 2012/05/22 23:26:36
    No
    Cellar Door
    What kind of question is this even
    I don't even
  • Boss 2012/05/22 23:25:55
    Yes
    Boss
    mostly because they are spending way too much for that organic stuff...that,s probably no better than the stuff I eat...
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Boss 2012/05/23 01:49:34 (edited)
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    is it your money or thier money
    if they want to spend extra money on organic food what buisness is it of yours

    Organic Foods Taste better than conventional foods
  • Lisa 2012/05/22 23:23:35
    No
    Lisa
    +1
    I eat organic, hopefully nobody thinks I'm a jerk. But honestly eating organic doesn't change who you are, it just keeps your body healthy.
  • Valerie© 2012/05/22 23:22:34
    No
    Valerie©
    Ridiculous.
  • Santiago Paez 2012/05/22 23:05:27
  • laureenf 2012/05/22 22:59:13
    No
    laureenf
    Jerks that eat organic food just become more obnoxious because they like to think they are 'one-upping' those that don't. Of course, nice folks may become 'snobbish' if they fall into the same mind-set. Side note: I thought all food was organic but, what do I know?
  • overdog001 2012/05/22 22:44:51
    No
    overdog001
    +1
    Eating "organic food" (as currently identified) is a symptom, not a cause.
  • bye 2012/05/22 22:36:15
    No
    bye
    Well.. in some cases yes, but a lot aren't.
  • alex 2012/05/22 22:31:46
    No
    alex
    +2
    Having a big ego because of it makes you one
  • MC-CierraMist 2012/05/22 22:24:11
    No
    MC-CierraMist
    i've never noticed that
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/22 22:16:16
    Yes
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    It's the attitude they have while eating it.
  • Inquisi... the jud... 2012/05/23 05:38:07
    Inquisitve Kat
    We don't have an attitude... people simple project an attitude onto us. Like they assume we think we're better because they believe we're making better choices than them. It's a matter of throwing their issues on us.

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