By: Sydney Phillips

Staff Writer

The topic of food controversies has been a very present topic in our society today. With the rise of social media, these conversations about food have become headlines, and we are seeing more and more of them everyday. There are many people who form strong arguments about these food controversies, and it can cause a lot of turmoil on the Internet. 


One of the most popular food controversies, pineapple on pizza, has been addressed everywhere we go. When we asked whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza, 61% of those who voted on our Instagram page said that pineapple does not belong on pizza. When on the Internet, you can see all sorts of articles and heated debates about why pineapple belongs on pizza, or vice versa. I believe that pineapple does belong on pizza, because of the savory taste of the pizza alone, and the sweet taste of the pineapple on top. When you combine sweet and savory, you get an explosion of flavor in your mouth, therefore making pineapple on pizza a delicious concept. 

When asked about whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza, both senior Terra O’Rourke and junior Sydney Finger agreed that it is up to the consumer to decide whether or not it belongs. “You can put whatever you want on pizza,” O’Rourke says. Others, however, disagree with this view. According to senior Karina Joseph, the argument over pineapple pizza is a dumb one. She poses a better question for debate– “what is a tomato?”

 Another controversial food topic – what utensil to use while eating macaroni and cheese. On the Bear Press Instagram poll, 80% of those who voted believe that you should use a fork to eat mac and cheese. In this controversy, using a fork is the right way to go, because it is easier to pick up the noodles. It also provides a good balance of noodles and cheese sauce, versus if you use a spoon, you tend to get more cheese sauce than noodles, so there isn’t a good ratio. 

Senior Katherine Lopez agrees with this argument, saying that a fork “grabs more noodles.” Following along with this argument, senior Tori Kerry states, “a fork, that’s just how you do it, that’s how it’s supposed to be.”

In contrast to this argument, however, senior Dove Harris says that she prefers a spoon, because it is “easier to scoop it [the noodles] up.” Sydney Finger had a completely different opinion on this controversy. She stated that it “depends on her mood”, but she goes between using both a fork and a spoon. 

The next controversial food: white chocolate. The question here is not whether people like it, it is about whether or not white chocolate is chocolate. I can tell you that white chocolate is NOT a chocolate. When researching white chocolate, it says that in order to qualify as chocolate, it must contain cocoa solids. White chocolate does not contain cocoa solids, therefore it is not a chocolate, it is a sweet candy.

When asked the question about white chocolate, Karina Joseph agreed, saying that “scientifically, it is not a chocolate.” However, many others disagree with this, saying that they love it, and that it is a chocolate. Harris is in the middle of this argument, stating that white chocolate is chocolate, but she dislikes it. 

Overall, people have their opinions on food, and it really has become a trending topic in our news today. Although people may have their disputes, it seems like most people can understand where everyone’s opinion comes from.