Why Stephen Colbert Was Outraged By A Study About Processed Foods

Fans know Stephen Colbert from his funny yet informing quips on "The Colbert Report." And in 2022, the comedian continues to bring viewers lots of laughs in his seventh year of hosting "The Late Show" on CBS. Colbert is a man of many talents, including his witty political commentary and sharp acting skills. One thing is for sure, though: The man has no qualms about sharing his opinions.

When protestors stormed Capitol Hill in January 2021, the usually funny comedian turned grim as he spoke his concerns and general distaste for the (in his own words) "terrorists" on camera, via "The Late Show."

With the grave tone he rarely eludes, you're more likely to see Colbert divulge his concerns over lighter topics, such as poking fun at President Joe Biden or specificities over food. Not only did he suggest the accessibility of Taco Bell's giant Cheez-It to be a "basic American right," but he also expressed his serious disappointment when McDonald's switched to an all-day breakfast menu in 2015 (per Eater).

The comedian hasn't stopped voicing his concerns, either. In August, Colbert expressed his anger toward science over findings that could affect the long-term health of most Americans.

Stephen Colbert's beef with science

In an August episode of "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert not only addressed the state of Kansas bringing back abortion rights, but he also had a bone to pick with a study discussed at the Alzheimer's Associations International Conference. At the gathering, research unfolded on the connection between processed foods and brain function, per the Alzheimer's Association.

According to Rafael Perez-Escamilla, a professor of public health at Yale University, consuming just two cookies can affect your physical health. But recent findings also claim that processed foods, such as ice cream, soda, and hot dogs, cause "inflammation, which can affect neurotransmitters in the brain," per USA Today.

Not only is Stephen Colbert willing to get frisky with Martha Stewart, but he has no qualms about getting heated over America's need for processed foods, either. Upon revealing the study's findings, the comedian turned serious as he walked close to the camera and firmly stated, "Stop it, science." Colbert then referenced the shocking "two cookies" discovery by addressing science directly, saying," We're all just trying to get to the next cookie." The comedian then proclaimed that if he died from eating too many cookies, then he "won" (via YouTube). Clearly, he has no issues speaking out in defense of America's beloved junk food.