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Well, I read about this a long time ago in What Flavor is Your Personality? Discover Who You Are by Looking at What You Eat when skimming it in the book store, but couldn't find an online quiz for it, so I made my own. I found plenty of articles with exact excerpts from the book, so I've just supplied the interactivity. ;)

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Poll #8496 What is your favorite snack?

Based on what you generally like (rather than what you're in the mood for at the moment), what is your favorite snack food out of the options listed below?

Cheese curls
2(12.5%)
Snack crackers
0(0.0%)
Meat snacks
2(12.5%)
Nuts
4(25.0%)
Popcorn
2(12.5%)
Potato chips
2(12.5%)
Pretzels
2(12.5%)
Tortilla chips
2(12.5%)

This poll is based on the Snack Food Hedonics and Personality study, which was conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Dr. Alan R. Hirsch heads the Chicago-based organization. Take it for what it's worth as a fun little pop psych quiz. :)

Hirsch is so sure of his personality and food preference study he says only five people out of 100 won’t fit his profiles. For example, a cheese curl lover might not be orderly and detail-oriented. There also could be parts of the snack cracker personality profile that don’t fit the Better Cheddar cracker lover.

However, the study has its critics. "When you’re not feeling well, and it’s been a tough day and you’re tired, we all go home and eat junk," says Dr. Terence Davidson, MD, who is chief of Head and Neck Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Diego. "It just satisfies some internal cravings, but that has nothing to do with personality. The science isn’t in it."

While the researchers claim that favorite junk food says a lot about you, Dr. Davidson -- probably not alone among his peers -- says food and personality correlations and predictions are pure baloney.

"This article is an embarrassment to science, it was poorly done, the conclusions are not logical, they don’t follow the science," he says. "It was irresponsible to have published it. I know people that are high achievers who eat potato chips, and I know people who are low achievers who eat potato chips. If you want to know where that comes from, I suggest you go ask your mother because she’s the one who taught you what to eat."

The "snack soul mate" conclusions suggest likely pairings of snackers for greater compatibility in romantic relationships. Those who crave cheese curls, in one correlation, tend to be compatible with potato chip fans.

"It doesn’t have to do with personality," says Dr. Davidson, popping the researchers’ snack bag of findings. "It has to do, in my opinion, with the cultural, and if you were exposed to certain kind of potato chips versus tortilla chips, then you like potato chips."

Cheese curls
Formal, always proper, conscientious, and principled, the cheese curl lover maintains the moral high ground with family, work and romantic partners. They have a fine sense of right and wrong, and treat those with whom they interact justly -- the CEO as well as the busboy. Cheese curl lovers are best described by one quality - integrity.

They plan and anticipate any possible catastrophes. Whether it be bandages or batteries, the cheese curl lover’s house is stocked and ready. Orderly perfectionists, they are most comfortable with a neat, uncluttered desk. At work, play or at home, they prefer that no detail be left undone. Although they may appear uptight to others, cheese curl aficionados are simply highly conscientious and treat everyone in the same fair and wise manner.

Snack crackers
Cracker snackers are contemplative, thoughtful, and logically rather than intuitively oriented: their decisions are reasoned and not based on emotions. Shy and introspective, they avoid confrontation so as not to hurt the feelings of others. They have many diverse interests and are involved in a multitude of projects simultaneously, all competing for their time and attention. They value their private time and are most creative when allowed to be alone, free from daily responsibilities and interruptions. Hirsch extrapolated that "those who prefer crackers may easily find themselves romantically involved in an Internet relationship."

Meat snacks
Gregarious and social, meat snack lovers are at their best when in the company of others. They are generous to a fault, and will make extraordinary sacrifices of their own comfort to please others. Those who prefer meat snacks are loyal and true friends who can always be trusted. However, their over-trusting nature predisposes them to emotional turmoil, especially when breaking up with a lover. Meat snack types tend to be male.

Nuts
Those who prefer nuts tend to be even-tempered, empathic, easy-going and good in jobs dealing with the public. "Nut lovers may not be outstanding leaders," explains Hirsch, "but their overall demeanor and willingness to lend a hand contribute to a peaceful home and an effective office."

Popcorn
Popcorn munchers are generally take-charge types. They maintain modest exteriors which can hide successful and penny-wise characteristics. "If you inherit money from a relative who you thought was flat broke," Hirsch predicts, "he or she was most likely a popcorn muncher."

Potato chips
Those who love potato chips are ambitious, successful, high achievers. They enjoy the rewards and trimmings of their success, both in business and family life. They seek nothing less than the best in those around them. Whether in business, sports or a social situation, some other snack types may face dogged competition if they do battle with a potato chip adversary.

Potato chip lovers are easily frustrated by and indignant over life’s inconveniences. They are furious when stuck in rush hour traffic, or when required to wait in line. They may sometimes selfishly inconvenience others. For example, insufferable though it may be, they are more likely (though not always) to be "Type As" who talk on their cell phones in movie theaters.

Pretzels
Lively and energetic, those who prefer pretzels crave novelty and easily become bored by routine. They are excited by challenge, whether it be at work, sports or home. They thrive in the world of abstract concepts and tend to lose interest in the day-to-day world. There is a tendency to initiate new projects without having completed the last, and to over commit to work or family chores.

Happy in their role as a "flirt," pretzel lovers are trend-conscious people who are comfortable when dressed in an attractive manner.

Pretzel lovers generally make decisions based on intuition and emotion. At times, they are overly trusting, especially in romantic relationships. One pretzel lover is a welcome addition to any grouping - they are the "life of the party," lively, enthusiastic and fun to be with.

Tortilla chips
Tortilla chip eaters are "humanitarians who are often distressed by inequities and injustices of society." In other words, if you've got the munchies, hook up with a Doritos devotee, who will share, rather than a Lay's lover, who won't.

Those who crave tortilla chips are perfectionists who always have the highest expectations for themselves. They will redo a task or project if it demonstrates anything less than a perfect performance. Tortilla chip lovers aren’t satisfied with getting a grade of A, it must be an A+.

The tortilla chip lover is a stickler for punctuality and tries never to be late for an appointment. Always prim and proper at social gatherings, the tortilla chip lover is conservative.

Tortilla chip lovers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, making sure all is well with finances, health, children, car repairs and household chores. If you’re ever marooned on a deserted island, just hope your companion is a tortilla chip lover. Says Hirsch: "If you want a partner to help you fight injustice, then look to the people who are eating tortilla chips."

Snacks and romance

  • Cheese curl lovers are compatible with potato chip and tortilla chip lovers.
  • Snack cracker fans should hook up with someone who loves pretzels.
  • Meat snack lovers are suited to those who prefer potato chips or meat snacks.
  • Potato chip lovers are most compatible with someone who prefers potato chips or pretzels.
  • Pretzel lovers are compatible with lovers of potato chips, pretzels or cheese curls.
  • Tortilla chip lovers should find someone who prefers tortilla chips.

Comments

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freakyferret
Oct. 29th, 2001 01:14 pm (UTC)
I had to put "Meat Snacks" cause I don't reall snack. If I'm hungry, I eat a meal. And that's that. And usually only 2 a day. :/
freakyferret
Oct. 29th, 2001 01:16 pm (UTC)
Meep. I'm not generous! "My meat! Grrrrr"
pointedview
Oct. 29th, 2001 01:50 pm (UTC)
*wink*

Maybe it doesn't mean generous with your meat snacks, just generous in general. Nobody says you have to share your jerky, dear. ;)

*gives FreakyFerret a lovely bowl of assorted Slim Jims and meat snack treats all to himself*
freakyferret
Oct. 29th, 2001 09:36 pm (UTC)
I don't like jerky actually. :) I don't like "meat snacks". But, when I'm hungry, I eat meat. It just so happens that's also a meal. *shrug* Maybe I did it wrong?
pointedview
Oct. 29th, 2001 02:12 pm (UTC)
I like two of the snacks on the list almost exactly equally. Seriously: if someone were threatening my life unless I picked one, I would just have to shout out one of the two options, and then the next time my life was threatened, I'd be just as likely to shout out the other one! :) Neither cheese curls nor potato chips are safe when I'm around, though I'm rather fussy about my cheese puff/curl items: Cheez Doodles or Planter's cheese balls are preferable . . . and oh, when we were in Costco and they had the giant mongo-sized container of cheese balls, boy, was I tempted! I don't much care for regular Cheetos: they're a bit too salty. I did like their Cheesy Checkers, but I think they've discontinued those. Wise Cheez Doodles are the best, though.

Potato chips, too, are a weakness of mine. Cape Cod potato chips are especially good, as are salt and vinegar . . . mmm, salt and vinegar until the corners of my mouth are too puckered to talk! :) Schlotzsky's makes good tater chips as well.

I also love popcorn, but only with lots of butter, cheese, caramel, or some other topping. I won't eat naked popcorn, or popcorn with just salt, or even with just a little butter. I prefer it loaded. :)

Tortilla chips are also good, but they need to have a dip or something with them, or be Doritos, which are so tasty and cheesy that they almost cross over into the cheese curl category. :) I don't much care for them totally naked, save for Tostitos bite-sized chips, which have a buttery flavor.

I hate pretzels, but that doesn't necessarily mean I hate pretzel people. ;) I like meat snacks on occasion. Snack crackers, it kind of depends. If they've got cheese on them, or have a peanut butter filling, that's good. I like cheese and peanut butter crackers very much: I used to always get those from Webvan when they were in business. Just plain crackers, though, with no topping or coating, are likely to go stale in my pantry. :)

On a related note, I really want to try the new orange-frosted Moon Pies. :)

Now I'm craving snack food! :)
pointedview
Oct. 29th, 2001 02:20 pm (UTC)
Addendum
I like soft pretzels, particularly Auntie Anne's. Those are darned good. I just hate the dry, crunchy pretzels in bags from the supermarket. Blecch. :þ To each his or her own, but hard pretzels are most definitely not for me. I'd sooner eat a tomato, and I hate tomatoes . . . I just hate hard pretzels more. :)
florindo
Oct. 29th, 2001 05:36 pm (UTC)
No love for me?
My preferrence would be meat snacks, I suppose, except that most "meat snacks" include cocktail peperonis and other "ambiguous pork products" ... and I don't eat pork any more... So, I suppose I'm a nuts person since I'll gladly chow down on sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds or walnuts. And the interesting fact is that my mood has changed significantly since I stopped eating crap like cheese curls and potato chips... i don't even eat regular crackers or tortilla chips any more. The closest you'll get me to a cracker is if it's made out of rice.

I find it odd, however, that my "group" is the ONLY FUCKING ONE WITHOUT A ROMANCE "FIT" ... i swear... the world is out to make life miserable for lefties who like to eat almonds.

My wife is either a popcorn or a tortilla chip... but there are rules. The popcorn, like Banshee's preference, cannot be plain. It must have REAL butter (none of that microwave shit) and salt. Her tortilla chips must not be Doritos or some other toxic powdery blasphemy, but good ol' corn chips with chunky salsa... she especially likes blue corn tortilla chips.

While this is interesting, I agree with Dr. Davidson... it's a bunch of hooey.
pointedview
Oct. 29th, 2001 06:27 pm (UTC)
Re: No love for me?
Read again. :) The popcorn people don't get any love, either, apparently. From what I gather, those two snacks were not in the original data analysis set, so I guess they don't have romance stats on them.

Your mood has changed significantly, eh? Sheesh, judging from the above rant, it sounds like it's gotten grumpier. ;) However, my LJ welcomes lefties who like almonds. I'm a lefty who likes almonds, myself, as a matter of fact. How's that for a tiny demographic segment? ;)

florindo
Oct. 29th, 2001 07:35 pm (UTC)
Re: No love for me?
I raised hell at my local Costco (if you don't know what a Costco is... some don't... imagine paying less for stuff, but having to buy it in bulk) because they had plenty of mixed nuts, peanuts and macadamia nuts in those big plastic jars... but no almonds. Peanuts are bad on my stomach and macadamia nuts... well... nuts already have a high fat quantity... and then there are macadamia nuts ;)

Lefty almond lovers unite!
philantropist
Oct. 29th, 2001 07:43 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, nuts...
Almonds are great, but pine nuts rule the planet.
Especially yummy on banana splits.
Unroasted cashews are yummy, too.
pointedview
Oct. 29th, 2001 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Mmmmm, nuts...
You know, I don't think I've ever eaten pine nuts outside of pesto, come to think of it.
pointedview
Oct. 29th, 2001 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: No love for me?
We have a Costco almost walking distance from our place, so I do indeed know what you're talking about. :) I'm personally not fond of peanuts. I like crunchy peanut butter, but don't care for munching peanuts themselves. Oh, and you're right: macadamia nuts are in a fat class all by themselves. :)

Incidentally, it's not like I eat any of this stuff except on rare occasions. I grew up with a diabetic parent, so "bad" stuff was a treat. When I got out of my parents' house, I had to learn a little balance. I had a roomie, and for her, having all this stuff around was a routine part of life, so I had to learn to just accept it as being there like anything else, rather than saying "Oh, goodie! Munch-munch-munch-munch-munch!" ;) Actually, it wasn't a big deal - it sounds bigger being explained than it actually was at the time. I'm pretty aware of my nutritional intake, when it comes right down to it. I've also learned that, even in junk food, quality is better than quantity. After having Cape Cod's low fat potato chips, for example, with 10 fewer grams of fat per serving than, say, Ruffles, and better flavor, I don't think I can go back. I am more satisfied with a small portion of those than with a large portion of Ruffles. I don't compensate for lack of quality by eating more to try and obtain the same amount of satisfaction.

If this seems to show more thought about what I put in my mouth than most people invest, again, a diabetic caregiver was the cook and the shopper at our house, so that's how I grew up. :)
florindo
Oct. 31st, 2001 06:23 am (UTC)
Re: No love for me?
I'm that way about beer. Most domestic beers such as MGD, Bud and Coors taste like so much carbonated piss as far as my taste buds go. My brother admits that he's a "cheap beer" guy... but I don't understand why buying cheap beer is really all that smart. Of course, he doesn't drink to add to a meal. He often drinks to get a buzz.

I drink Henry Weinhard's, Pike Place Ale, Red Hook, Killians... any "mainstream microbrew" is my beer of choice. Henry's is actually pretty inexpensive comparitively... last week I picked up a half-rack (12 bottles) for $8. Not a dent in my wallet at all.

But then again, I don't drink a lot. My brother-in-law drinks a beer or two with nearly every dinner... or maybe he just drinks when he has guests... *shrug*
pointedview
Dec. 5th, 2001 02:49 pm (UTC)
Re: No love for me?
I like a few beer brands, but I'm not a big beer drinker - too many carbohydrates. :) However, I did try Abita recently, and really liked it.
mumpish
Nov. 2nd, 2001 10:21 pm (UTC)
I forgot what lettuce is
... just so long as 'meat snacks' aren't the same thing as 'I found this in the back' ...

Jim
pointedview
Nov. 3rd, 2001 09:20 am (UTC)
Look, a monkey!
I'd answer you, but such a task requires having the brain. :)
spring_1970
Nov. 24th, 2001 10:25 am (UTC)
There's a problem here.

With the diet I'm on, the only thing on here I can eat (stomach problems too) are nuts.

And I like nuts -- mixed nuts with cashews and almonds and pecans. I leave the hazel and Brazil nuts. Good thing the Prince likes those.

But...well, I really like some other things:

There is something about Vienna Sausages -- I adore them. But I have to be in the mood.

Oh god, popcorn! With lots of butter. Which I can't have cause popcorn makes the stomach all ka-bloewy. Drat.

Potato Chips -- mmmmm...white potatoes...mmmmm...gurgledripgurgleblagagllalg (Homer Simpson drooly-noise). LOVE 'em. Don't eat them. White potatoes increase insulin production. Bad.

Tortilla chips --- Nummy. Covered with good Monterey Jack cheese. But again...corn product so...no...drat again.

Pretzels -- Dry and nasty. But, kinda like with Vienna Sausages, when I'm in the mood...oh boy...SALT!

Cheese Curls -- See, if this meant REAL Cheese Curls (and we know the ones I'm talking about), I'd have chosen this one. White flour be damned! But it's not. It's talking about those Cheeto things that are just nasty. And they make a mess.


And that's WAY more info than you wanted.

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