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Bacon vs. kale: Can food preferences indicate political leaning?

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Kale-loving Demoncrat? Or bacon-loving Republican? (iStock)

Is it possible to tell someone's political persuasion simply by the food they eat?

Businessweek thinks so.  Looking at two of the hottest trending foods: bacon and kale,editors concluded that those who eat the green leafy superfood tend to holding liberal beliefs while those love bacon are more conservative.

Analyzing Twitter mentions of kale and bacon by state,  they were able to create a map that mirrors the red-blue state breakdown:

It turns out the nation is pretty much comprised of meat loving Republicans and veggie loving Democrats. Note that in 2012, 17 of the 23 most kale-loving states voted for President Obama. Eleven of the top bacon-loving states voted for Mitt Romney.

Those who love both bacon and kale were similarly split Obama/Romney in 2012—including Nevada, Ohio and Florida.

It may not come as a surprise that the most bacon loving states also have some of the highest obesity rates in the country. 

Fortunately, there are many recipes that combine both of delicious foods. Maybe Congress should get together in the kitchen.