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Mitt Romney’s Muffin Theory & Other Misguided Food Logic

Mitt Romney’s Muffin Theory & Other Misguided Food Logic

We have all been exposed to a certain amount of absurd food theory and/or rationalization. I am not talking about the “local vs. organic” argument or how antioxidants may prevent cancer, I am talking about the crackpot theories that seem to randomly sprout out of people’s brains and then go on to inform their eating habits until…well, maybe until forever. I had a friend who refused to drink beer out of bottles because he claimed it would give him gas, but if he were to simply pour the beer into a glass, it would not. I had another friend who believed that all of the potato chips at the bottom of the bag were more highly saturated with salt and oil, and therefore would eat only half the bag and discard the remainder of the chips that resided on the bottom.

This last memory of misguided food logic came into frame recently when I happened upon a current GQ article about presidential contender, and presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. The article, “Desperately Seeking Mitt,” goes into great detail following Governor Romney and getting a window into his social and political beliefs and then offers up this little bit of Romney food logic:

“Romney prefers to eat only the tops of muffins, the logic here being that during cooking the butter and unhealthful lipids have melted down into the base. Good idea.”

While this is not inherently a bad idea (eating less of a fat-saturated muffin is probably advisable for a middle-aged man), I don’t know if the food science on this habit is actually sound. Actually, I have made enough muffins in my life to know that, while indeed some of the oils in the muffin mix tend to migrate downwards during baking, most of the added fat and oils are pretty well integrated with the entirety of the muffin. In this case, I think the Governor is doing some creative rationalization for his love of muffins.

What sort of misguided food logic have you engaged in or witnessed? What is the craziest thing you have ever heard? Do you think Governor Romney is correct in his assumption (about muffins)?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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2:04AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Thank you :)

7:57AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

I find it extremely ODD that we must put remarks made by a politician running for President in an article on Care2.com. A man who denigrates women, no less.

Religious folk spout Bible passages to show their holiness/worthiness seem to forget the injunction against false idols. Worship a politician?

C'mom Eric- I know you can write better than this.

10:21AM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Thanks haha not what I thought the article was going to be about but funny. I here many false food statements all the time. Like "sugar is sugar no matter where it comes from" That is a bunch of BS. Among many others but that is what I here the most because people REFUSE to educate themselves!!!

8:12PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks to all who commented on this...I needed a good laugh today.

6:50PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

I don't believe anything Romney says and that goes for Ryan too.

9:58AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Of course, this has no bearing on my choice of who to vote for, nor should it be, for those who are responding so vehemently. It is just another demonstration of logic gone wrong, an out of touch with reality thinking, something that we have seen for so long. If this were an anecdote of an otherwise reasonable, clear thinking, "I've got my head on straight" individual, it might be viewed as eccentric or charming...

10:54PM PDT on Aug 5, 2012

The premise was funny on the Seinfeld episode, but a rationalization of it coming from Mittens it just comes off as another off the wall theory from a man who is obviously out of touch with reality. Just ignore him (in general and at the polls) and hopefully he'll goaway. He's not relevant by any means. Thanks Eric.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Trickle down economics? Dough headed philosophy from the right...

Hmm one of the most bizarre things that I have heard is not to eat fruit with any other food or it will create a toxic sludge in the stomach. Some people firmly believe this is the Truth. One is not supposed to eat any veggies if one is eating fruit or anything else. Sounds ridiculous to me and asked a nutritionist and a dietitian about it at a health conference once and they got a good laugh out of it. Certainly I eat fruit with many kinds of foods, the more fruit the better as long as it isn't sprayed with toxic pesticides and from GMO sources.

9:20PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

Crazy!!!!!

9:19PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

WHy oh why do I even look at your site? You are SO freakin in the tank for Obama that you show NO objectivity at all!!!

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