The study examined the behaviors of 12 children between the ages of 6 and 10 for two days at a summer 4-H camp. It found that, “When children ate on-the-bone chicken, they exhibited more aggressive behavior than pre-cut, boneless chicken.” The bone-eating kids were twice as likely to disobey adults and act more aggressively toward other kids, the study found.
The fortunate children who ate cut-up chicken were reported to be more obedient and less aggressive. Researchers believed this indicated a connection between biting (as opposed to chewing) and aggression.
Lead author Brian Wansink, professor and director of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, noted that other foods requiring biting, such as corn on the cob and un-cut apples, also exhibited more aggression.
Watch Professor Wansink’s summary of the study in the video below.
Wansink tells viewers, “If you have an option of giving your kids forks and knives to eat with or hands, you want them to eat with utensils.”
Dr. Brian Russell responded to the report, telling FoxNews, “I put absolutely zero chicken stock in this study. I think people have been eating chicken wings, chicken drumsticks for a millennia and I don’t think it’s made them any more aggressive than they otherwise would have been.”
How long it will be before we see a “boned chicken” defense in court?