While eggs and bread were the most discussed topics, social media users generally agreed that eggs belong in the fridge and bread belongs in the cupboard. However, the ketchup debate caused the most controversy.
A whopping 60% of emotion-categorized mentions about where to store ketchup contained disgust. People were divided with their opinions on whether it should be stored in the fridge or not – and disgusted at those who don’t share their habits.
Heinz even made the cut as a trending topic with some users synonymizing “Heinz” with “ketchup”. This shows just how powerful Heinz’ branding is when it comes to the sauce space.
Now, how about the facts?
The FDA explicitly recommends keeping eggs in the refrigerator to prevent salmonella and other bacterial growth. And, while storing bread in the fridge can’t hurt you, it – ironically – means the product becomes stale much quicker.
When it comes to chocolate, it’s more down to preference. Storing chocolate in the fridge does alter taste and texture, but some people prefer a colder version.
For ketchup, Heinz actually released a statement to address the debate a few years ago. They said that, because of its natural acidity, Heinz Ketchup is shelf-stable. “However, we recommend that this product, like any processed food, be refrigerated after opening.”
So really, it’s down to preference. Just like the next debate…
The leftover pizza debacle
Do you prefer cold leftover pizza, or would you rather stick it in the microwave to get it piping hot? This question has divided the internet, causing plenty of controversy on social.