If you're single, it may be time to flip the channel from ESPN or E! to the Food Network: Your newfound food knowledge may keep you from ever again having to eat alone.
A new survey of singles, conducted by Match.com and TODAY.com, found that 70 percent of people appreciate dates who know their way around food and wine pairings, and 56 percent find it attractive when dates offer to share their food.
"Food, sex and courtship go hand in hand in nature," said Helen Fisher, chief scientific adviser to Match.com, in a press release. "Food also informs: what and how a partner eats–and if they share–says crucial things about their habits, health and empathy."
The more closed-minded people are about food, the more their chances of a second date dwindle: 66 percent of those surveyed said it's a turn-off if a date plays it safe with menu choices.
The survey also found a certain caveat to dating a carnivore: 30 percent of meat-eaters wouldn't date a vegetarian, with only 4 percent of vegetarians saying they would call it quits with a person more likely to enjoy meat.
"Of all the foods we share, there is nothing more primordial than meat," says Fisher. "It's no surprise that meat-eaters still want a partner who will give, receive and share this primordial symbol of a budding partnership."
However, if what's on your dinner plate comes between you and your date, you may find yourself once again ordering takeout for one. Thirty-nine percent of women surveyed said they would rather give up sex than their favorite food for a year.
To see the full results of the survey, visit Match.com's blog.
Greg Otto is the News Editor at U.S. News & World Report. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.
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