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(article, Culinate staff)

What do your food choices say about you? Maybe a lot, according to a study published recently in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Researchers found that people who eat organic food are more likely to judge others for their actions. They are also less likely to volunteer their time to people in need.

Wait, really? Both Inhabitat and Grist pointed out that the study had questionable methodology. Only 62 people participated in this study, all of them undergraduates — and none of them actually ate any food, organic or otherwise. 

While we’re not exactly ready to label all organic-food eaters judgmental jerks, the study does point to a psychological phenomenon called moral licensing, where people give themselves permission to do something bad because they’ve already done something good.

In other silly news, we loved Jen Doll’s tongue-in-cheek obituary for the word "artisanal," declaring this overused, now meaningless adjective dead at age 474. 

“He was a mercurial character; vain at best, snobbish and cruel at worst," wrote Doll. "Yet he was charismatic, drawing nouns to him like moths to a handcrafted soy candle's flame.” We've also heard that "craft" is on her deathbed.

And while we’re on the topic of the ridiculous, the Huffington Post ran a story about stinky foods that make your breath smell bad, indicting peanuts (really?!), kombucha, cheese, and tuna, among others.

Long story short: Avoid buying organic artisanal peanut butter, or you’ll be a jerk with bad breath. (Or not.)