America’s favorite foods according to Twitter

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HOUSTON, Tx. --  You know what they say: you are what you eat. And according to a new study, you also tweet what you eat.

A lot.

Enough that researchers at the University of Arizona decided they could tell what the most popular foods were in each and every U.S. state just by examining which ones people twittered and tweeted most. And the results might surprise you.

Apparently the snobs in California like their caviar enough to tweet it to the top of their state's list. And if you think folks in New York are anal-retentive, it might be because their most tweeted food is 'prunes.' But here's where it gets interesting: the most tweeted food in the U.S. was grits. Nine out of fifty states tweeted the word 'grits' more than any other food-related word in the vocabulary. And not just in the south. Tweeps in Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania tweeted grits to the tops of their respective lists, too.

The official food of Texas? Brisket. Yep, nothing says 'lovin' like a big ol' slab of wood-smoked, Texas beef.

Here is the full list:

  1. Alabama - Grits
  2. Alaska - Tarragon
  3. Arizona - Tamales
  4. Arkansas - Entree (Not an actual food, but interesting nonetheless.)
  5. California - Caviar
  6. Colorado - Vinegar
  7. Connecticut - Lentils
  8. Delaware - Cobbler
  9. Florida - Grits
  10. Georgia - Grits
  11. Hawaii - Taro
  12. Idaho - Spuds
  13. Illinois - Yolk
  14. Indiana - Gyro
  15. Iowa - Cloves
  16. Kansas - Prune
  17. Kentucky - Taco
  18. Louisiana - Grits
  19. Maine - Durian
  20. Maryland - Grits
  21. Massachusetts - Cod
  22. Michigan - Grits
  23. Minnesota - Venison
  24. Mississippi - Tangerine
  25. Missouri - Succotash
  26. Montana - Soy Sauce
  27. Nebraska - Peach
  28. Nevada - Sauerkraut
  29. New Hampshire - Maize
  30. New Jersey - Clam
  31. New Mexico - Mutton
  32. New York - Prune (Also the name of a popular restaurant.)
  33. North Carolina - Grits
  34. North Dakota - Flan
  35. Ohio - Pastry
  36. Oklahoma - Pickle
  37. Oregon - Capers
  38. Pennsylvania - Grits
  39. Rhode Island - Succotash
  40. South Carolina - Grits
  41. South Dakota - Soy Bean
  42. Tennessee - Blackberry
  43. Texas - Brisket
  44. Utah - Millet
  45. Vermont - Venison
  46. Virginia - Rye
  47. Washington - Halibut
  48. West Virginia - Preserves
  49. Wisconsin - Sauerkraut
  50. Wyoming - Watercress

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