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)?