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A Study Says Texans Love To Tweet About Brisket


Researchers at the University of Arizona combed through 3.5 million tweets from October 2013 to May 2014 to map out the food people had on their mind the most. 

They sorted tweets by the state they were written in, and the verdict: Texans love brisket.

Of course, the study had a bigger purpose: researchers found that food language was a big predictor of each state’s obesity rate, diabetes rate, and political leanings. So states who tweeted more about Mexican or fried food were more likely to have a higher rate of diabetes than the national average, and more Republican states tended to have food-related tweets centered on work and home.

The researchers also found that people in Dallas (and the South in general) love lunch, and eating out on a porch.

Now eating brisket during lunch out on the porch? Sounds like heaven.

(H/T to The Washington Post.)

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.