No, my title doesn’t really mean like in the first definition of the word, but as in the second:
1. Suffering from or full of nasal mucus.
2. Having a superior, conceited attitude.
At least that is what a study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal on May 15, 2012 claims. As the abstract of the study states: “Recent research has revealed that specific tastes can influence moral processing, with sweet tastes inducing prosocial behavior and disgusting tastes harshening moral judgments.”
I wonder if the assumption the researchers made was that organic food tastes disgusting so eating organic makes you an a**h***??? If they did, how in the name of, (insert your favorite whoever here), did those researchers decided organic food belongs in the disgusting food category? On the other hand maybe they are not saying exactly that, but just that eating, or in the case of this study only “viewing”, organic food makes you volunteer “significantly less time to help a needy stranger” and cause you to judge “moral transgressions significantly harsher than those who viewed nonorganic foods”.
We can’t be sure of what the full study says as it is locked behind a pay wall or available only to those professionals subscribing to the Journal. Here is the link to the article “Wholesome Foods and Wholesome Morals? Organic Foods Reduce Prosocial Behavior and Harshen Moral Judgments “, but you will have to pony up $25.00 if you want to read it. I did not, but I am sure someone will, and soon post an in-depth analysis of what the study found and how thorough the research methods actually were.
If you eat organic food, what do you think? Are you a conceited, condescending, overbearing, selfish, pain in the butt? If the answer to that is yes, do you think going off the organic food will fix your personality disorder?
Or do you, like me, think that these researchers had a little too much time to kill and thought of a way to justify their junk food habits and maybe try to prove that they, and their eating habits make them better people than those of us that choose organic food whenever possible? Wait a minute…. let me go check that definition of a snotty snob again.