Are you vegan and stuck home alone on date night? Food Box HQ may have the reason why.
‘Going Vegan’ may be the hottest global food trend right now, but it turns out a plant-based diet isn’t the food of love… New research from Food Box HQ has revealed that 31% of New Jerseyites would not consider dating a vegan. This compares to a national average of 28.2%.
The popular mail delivery review service polled 2,500 people, and found that overall men are more bothered by prospective partners’ culinary preferences than women, with a huge 33.5% stating they wouldn’t date a vegan. This is compared to the 23.3% of women who would say no to a date. Almost a third of men would try to persuade their vegan/veggie partner to eat meat!
Interestingly, it’s the older generation who consider eating habits more of a deal breaker, with 31.9% of 45-54 year olds saying they wouldn’t swipe right for a vegan. Millennials were more accepting of the lifestyle choice however, with a lower 25.9% of 18-24 year olds stating they would consider veganism off-putting.
But how do vegans feel about dating meat-eaters? Well, it turns out they’re not as strict with who they date as they are with their food – a huge 89.5% of vegans said they would consider starting a relationship with a meat-eater.
When asked if they would consider giving up meat and go vegan for a partner, 70.1% of Americans said they would not. And while 12.2% of Americans said they would cut down on their meat intake for a partner, they also admitted they would still eat it while their partner was away!
But though the majority of carnivores refuse to give up chicken wings or a juicy steak for love – only 16.4% of them would try to persuade their vegan partner to eat meat. This varied hugely between the sexes however, with almost a third of men (31.6%) saying they’d try to persuade their vegan/vegetarian partner to eat meat, compared to just 2.4% of women.
When asked about the most unattractive diet habit in a partner, respondents said that the most off-putting thing is ‘obsessing over healthy eating’. This was closely followed by ‘overeating fast food’, ‘overindulging in alcohol’ and ‘always dieting’.
It was mainly women who thought being health obsessed was unappealing, whereas men felt that ‘overeating fast food’ was the most unattractive diet habit in a partner.
Finally, Food Box HQ’s survey revealed that poor table manners and dinner date decorum may be costing singles their chance of a second date. Respondents said that ‘talking with your mouth full’ was the worst thing a date could do, followed by ‘chewing too loudly’ and ‘eating with fingers instead of cutlery’.
Dan Scalco of Food Box HQ, says: “Dating tends to revolve around eating out, whether it’s a romantic meal out or breakfast in bed, so finding a partner who respects or shares your values toward food is really important. America is certainly becoming more accepting of healthy and ethical dietary choices, but our survey has shown that more than a quarter of people still wouldn’t date a vegan. We expect this percentage to decrease as veganism continues to trend in 2018, and more restaurants start offering plant-based options.”
Americans say ‘obsessing over healthy eating’, ‘overeating fast food’ and ‘overindulging in alcohol’ is unattractive. But like the old saying (kind of) goes; “If you can’t handle me at my preferred diet, you don’t deserve me at all!”