Does the diet you follow have an impact on your dating life?Well, if you were to go by a study released by a popular global dating site, the answer is a pretty emphatic yes. According to Plenty of Fish, which spoke to over 500 singles in about ten American cities, “dietary restrictions are actually preventing new relationships and polarising singles.” And a post on PoF’s blog goes on to say that the pickiest eaters happen to be the pickiest daters.
Here, in a nutshell, is what the study found: 50 percent of vegans don’t want to date another vegan; 50 percent of people on a paleo dieters don’t want to date a vegetarian; 20 percent of gluten-free dieters don’t want to date a low-carb dieter; 31 percent of low-carb dieters don’t want to date a vegetarian; and 25 percent of vegetarians don’t want to date a paleo dieter. Phew! All of that data would probably be depressing if you are on a specialty diet, too, but in case, you are yet to succumb to one set of food restrictions or the other, there’s good news for you. The bottomline of the PoF survey is that “72% of respondents wanted to date someone without any dietary restrictions.”
A study limited to about 500 respondents has its limitations, but there is one thing that you might want to flag if you are a vegan, or about to go out with one — according to PoF, “if you’re dating a vegan, hopefully you’re open to changing your diet, because almost 20 percent of vegans have broken up with a partner over their eating habits.”