30% of Meat Eaters Refuse to Date Vegetarians
But only 4% of veggie lovers wouldn't date omnivores
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2012 1:08 PM CDT
Some 30% of meat eaters aren't into vegetarians.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When it comes to dating, meat eaters are actually pickier than vegetarians. Almost 30% of omnivores wouldn't go out with a vegetarian or vegan, whereas just 4% of vegetarians wouldn't date a meat eater, a Today and Match.com poll finds. Of course, it's not exactly a fair comparison: With only 2% of the US population vegetarian and 3% vegan, they don't have many meat-free dating options. Meanwhile, 66% of the survey's 4,000 respondents find picky eating unattractive.

Meat eaters' opposition to dating vegetarians is no big surprise, experts say. "Mankind’s first luxury was meat, and when carnivores share food—what they are sharing is this luxury. It’s more than just cultural, it’s instinctual," notes an anthropologist. A meat eater echoes the sentiment: "The ability to provide and share food is part of romance, and I just can't date a person who does not share those moments of life with me."

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Jul 13, 2012 6:15 PM CDT
I have enough food sensitivities that my eating choices seem very limited to a lot of people. Can't eat out because chance of becoming ill. I have had trouble dating because of this. People do like to share food and I have been told my diet causes too many difficulties in this regard.
Jul 8, 2012 5:09 AM CDT
I rather trust CNN before I trust a paid dating site but if numbers are correct they don't speak highly of omnivores intelligence. Didn't your momma told you to shut up and look at your own plate?
Jul 7, 2012 11:03 AM CDT
Meateaters feel guilty around vegetarians, especially those who proclaim that they "love animals".