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Jul 2, 2014 2:36 PM by NBC News

Social media posts may affect your views on food safety

Are you worried that soy might cause cancer or that there are yoga mat materials in your sandwich? Chances are you use social media.

A new study out of Cornell University finds people who frequently use Facebook are more likely to have food aversions.

They base these results off surveys of more than 1,000 moms who were asked about their feelings on high fructose corn syrup. They found those who feared certain foods were more likely to be educated, but get most of their food facts from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and friends.

The researchers say many of these posts are based on misconceptions and are amplified by the poster's need to validate their beliefs.

The study was published in the journal Food Quality and Preference.



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