Twitter Reveals Every State's Favorite Foods

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Twitter Reveals Every State's Favorite Foods

Read on to learn more about how Twitter was used to determine the favorite foods of each state.

At the University of Arizona, several researchers analyzed 3.5 million tweets that contained food-related hashtags like "breakfast" or "soysauce." The researchers found tweets using Twitter's API from October 2013 to May 2014.

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While Twitter isn't the perfect means to analyze a nation's eating habits, the study did manage to guess the state's BMI and diabetes rates based on their tweets.

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The researchers found that the West Coast often tweeted about dinner, the Midwest about breakfast, the South about lunch and the Northeast about brunch. These regions would use the hashtag of the meal to identify it.

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The researchers even managed to examine the tweets by political party! Democrats often tweeted with the hashtags: vegan, yum, brunch, breakfast, bacon and delicious. Republicans tweeted with hashtags like: lunch, healthy, easy, party, snack and delicious.

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The study also found the most tweeted about foods throughout the states. Interestingly, "sauerkraut" was a highly popular term in Nevada and Wisconsin.

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The term "grits" was mostly found in the South. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi all tweeted about grits. Interestingly, both Michigan and Pennsylvania did too.

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The term "venison" was popular in Vermont and Minnesota.

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Both New York and Kansas tweeted about the term "prune."

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Surprisingly, California was identified with the word "caviar."

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And only in Oklahoma was the term "pickle" most popular!

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Twitter can display a lot of interesting things about people and their habits. Twitter has been used to track disease outbreaks like the flu, and more recently it was used to isolate outbreaks of food poisoning. Now, a new study has analyzed Twitter language to determine the favorite foods and meals of the residents of each state, according to The Verge. "People are less sensitive about food," explains Mihai Surdenau, who helped to author the study. "They're more likely to tweet that they ate a big burger than they did not exercise." Can you guess what your state loves to eat and tweet about?

Check out the slideshow above to learn about each state's favorites foods according to this Twitter study.

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