Men and Women Really are from Different Planets — at least when it comes to their eating habits. Between May 2006 and April 2007, more than 14,000 adults across ten states detailed which foods they were more likely to eat for a survey performed by the Center for Disease Control’s Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network. The results showed a chasm between the two sexes’ food preferences. Of the people surveyed, men were more likely to report eating meat and poultry, while women seemed to prefer fruits and vegetables. Women also said they ate more carrots, tomatoes, berries, and apples, though men ate more brussels sprouts and asparagus. Yogurt and almond consumption was higher among women. In the meantime, men noshed on more foods, such as oysters, runny eggs, and undercooked hamburgers, considered high risk for foodborne illnesses. Women’s favorite risky food? Alfalfa sprouts.
The gender divide on food
By Katy Neusteter June 1, 2008