30% of Meat-Eaters Won’t Date a Vegetarian: Would You Date Someone With Different Eating Habits?

Living 2012/07/08 01:30:39
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According to a recent Love Bites survey by TODAY.com and Match.com, for many, shared dietary preferences are key when making a love connection.

30% of the meat-eaters surveyed said they would not date a vegetarian or vegan. On the other hand, only 4% of the vegetarians said that they wouldn't date a meat-eater. (But keep in mind—only 2% of Americans identify as vegetarian and 3% as vegan. That’s a pretty small dating pool!)

So why won’t these meat-eaters date vegans or vegetarians? 1) Many consider sharing food a very important part of romance and don’t want to be with someone who won’t share those moments. 2) Others dislike feeling judged or pressured to give up meat. 3) Many just don’t like picky eaters; 66% of respondents described that trait as a turn-off. 4) And some view meat-eaters as more "manly."

Yet, many cross-dietary couples are able to accommodate each other’s choices and make the relationship work.

“The ability to accommodate to needs of a new partner is really important – both people have to work at it,” said Dr Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and Match.com’s chief scientific adviser. “The vegetarian has to send the message that they can work around it, they can find or bring alternatives to barbecues or family gatherings, and the meat eater has to be willing to bend once in a while as well.”

What about you SodaHeads? Would you date someone with different eating habits?

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  • whispering hands 2012/07/08 06:38:15
    whispering hands
    I've been vegetarian most of my life and every guy i've dated was a meat eater. It's not a big deal at all, i don't get how some people can make such a huge issue out of something so minuscule.

    Also, the fact that I refuse to eat a "big juicy steak" shouldn't reflect on my or any other vegetarian's personality.

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  • Matthew Blacker (PWCM~JLA) 2013/08/03 00:17:20
    Matthew Blacker (PWCM~JLA)
    I wouldn't date a crazy chick so I couldn't date a vegetarian. I'm married anyway and we ate steak fajitas tonight. If meat is murder it's also DELICIOUS~
  • Crym 2013/01/29 18:58:41
    I'm a vegetarian and I would NOT date a meat eater. I consider harming anything that can think and feel pain to be murder. I don't date murderers.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/07/21 15:09:22 (edited)
  • lilliannanicole 2012/07/15 19:41:09
    yes i would if i really loved them it wouldnt matter
  • FlyAway 2012/07/13 11:55:46
    I'd be OK with dating someone who had different eating habits. It's not really a big deal for me. I don't eat meat, but if I had a partner who did then that's their business.
  • Britt 2012/07/11 20:18:23
    I might eat a little healthier
  • tristarr 2012/07/11 01:48:19
    my boyfriend of 8 years is a carnivore/flexitarian,meaning he will eat veggie meals i prepare.i also make him meat-laden dishes as well.it's really not a big deal.i'm more concerned with loyalty,trust,love,etc. than what he prefers to eat.i say open up to new experiences and stop being so damned worried about something as miniscule as what's on his/her plate.sheesh...
  • jere.chievres 2012/07/11 00:52:50
    Does not matter to me, I have dated Vegetarian women many times, they seem to smell better after a meal. ;-)
  • Doctor 2012/07/10 15:58:34
    As long as they don't mind mine. Fish fingers and custard
  • w2xad 2012/07/10 14:44:53
    I have had vegetarian dishes that are excellent and I am a meat eater. I would never be a total vegetarian as It can become unhealthy if you don't eat the proper items to stay healthy. I will not be a total meat eater. I almost vomit at that thought.
  • RJS 2012/07/10 12:32:30
    But that's pretty much on the condition that they don't try to change me.
  • Rod 2012/07/10 11:28:20
    Yes, but I would not get into a long term relationship. On the first date you probably wouldn't know anyway.
  • Somkey the Hores 2012/07/10 09:41:54 (edited)
    Somkey the Hores
    If they lose their snotty ass attitude of superiority, why not?

    Save a broccoli... Eat a vegan.
  • carlton999 2012/07/10 07:02:27 (edited)
    I couldn't date anyone who was a vegetarian or vegan. One of my favorite things to do with my last girl friend was cook together, food can be very intimate.
  • Seeker of Truth - War Wizard 2012/07/10 04:46:02
    Seeker of Truth - War Wizard
    If I were on the dating market (I've been off it for almost 20 years), I'd not exclude someone who has different habits, so long as they don't try to push them on me.
  • john Kills 2012/07/10 04:12:45
    john Kills
    It would make supper time difficult.
  • TheDeadAreLiving 2012/07/10 03:23:43
    I'm a vegetarian and my boyfriend isn't. I don't mind people eating meat around me, I just won't join them
  • Vision of Verve 2012/07/10 02:40:04
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  • Ozymandias 2012/07/10 02:35:08
  • Frances 2012/07/10 00:43:38
    Being a vegetarian in a small farm town definitely means that I can't judge people for their eating habits. Of course, they judge mine (because of ignorance, I think), but I honestly have NO problem with other people eating meat. It's my decision, I'm not going to force it on you.
  • Bob P. Clarkson 2012/07/10 00:43:07
    Bob P. Clarkson
    If you are dating to find out what sort of person you are willing to spend your life with, you won't learn anything if you can't come to some compromise about what the two of you eat. If I dated a person who was over-bearing about what I ate and wouldn't compromise, I would flat tell her why we couldn't be together and no longer date her.
    It's hard enough to find someone who is compatible enough without fighting over about things like food, religion, politics, children, etc.
    Learn from your mistakes, but don't generalize from any one experience.
  • Farbiger 2012/07/10 00:37:49
    As long as they don't try to forcefully change my eating habits to match with theirs.
  • lil crazy 2012/07/09 23:42:15
    lil crazy
    It would really depend on the person. I would at least go out with them a time or two but if they tried pressuring or making me feel guilty about eating meat then I wouldn't see them anymore.
  • mm61675 2012/07/09 22:09:33
    as long as they don't push their habits on me. my boyfriend eats really healthy, and I love hot pockets. He doesn't care :)
  • Dan 2012/07/09 21:41:34
    I don't care what anyone else eats. Just don't critize me for what I eat.
  • gumybare69 2012/07/09 21:31:26
    In my experience there are two types of vegans, ones that are ok with me eating meat and ones that aren't. Usually I just say "Look, animals like to eat your food, I like to eat the animals that eat your food. Together we're just helping to maintain the balance of nature” That sedum works though LOL!
  • cc 2012/07/09 21:11:52
    I think I'd like the diet if I liked the person. If I want a steak, I know where to get it!
  • Scaldari Anitoba 2012/07/09 21:10:42
    Scaldari Anitoba
    In fact, I married one. corrupted her though... then again she improved the balance of my diet so i guess maybe it all worked out in the end.
  • cupcakes 2012/07/09 20:41:54
    it means more meat for me
  • Sam LeFay 2012/07/09 19:54:22
    Sam LeFay
    The compromising that comes with dating a vegetarian will leave the both of you a little bit healthier.
    But you know, compromise of beliefs.
  • Z-Wolf 2012/07/09 19:26:03
    Unless they're a cannibal, I don't have any reason not to date them for what they eat. I for one, change my eating habits every two months. There is always something new to try, so I don't see why there is an issue at all.
  • Sydney.nightshade 2012/07/09 18:47:33
    Anyone who is vegan and expects everyone else to follow suite obviously doesn't know anything about the economy and how people in poverty live. With that said, I am mostly vegan, I occasionally eat meat because it tastes good and I will only eat it is it is free range and fed organic foods. My partner has even made small steps to eat better and healthy food because of me and I didn't even tell him too. I honestly don't care what anyones diet is, but I couldn't date someone who constantly ate factory meat and shoved it in my face that they didn't care about the welfare of animals by saying things like "Mmm murder tastes good".
  • thewickedrobot 2012/07/09 18:36:58
    It's funny because I used to think I would NEVER be able to be with someone, let alone date them, if they were a vegetarian. I never liked how they acted toward meat-eaters and I figured the difference in opinion would be too large. However, the woman I am soon to be married to is a vegetarian and I love the fact that she is. It's just one of the many things that sets her apart from the average woman.
  • D D 2012/07/09 18:22:59
    D D
    I had a boyfriend break up with me because he didn't like my diet. I ate crap and still do. His "diet" was not eating fast food. He wasn't any vegan or anything serious like that.
  • YourCompanionCube 2012/07/09 18:01:59
    My GF is vegan...I eat meat. We arrange. Now dating with Halal And Kosher'd be hard...
  • Sweetness 2012/07/09 17:40:29
    No. I would not.
  • Horace Nick 2012/07/09 17:23:49
    Horace Nick
    I think it's kind of true, Kosher, Halal, Vegetarian, it just don't mix well.true kosher halal vegetarian mix
  • Hope 2012/07/09 17:22:32
    i need someone with the same eating habits as me
  • Sweetness Hope 2012/07/09 17:39:56
    Same here.
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