The social circumstances have a certain impact on the choices of food. However, there is a huge difference between men and women when it comes to food choices. Many efforts are aimed to change their attitudes towards eating methods through health promotion agencies along with a number of manufacturers, grocers and restaurants.
In the interest of supporting the work of public health officials, the Food Disease Active Surveillance Network recently conducted a survey into the differences in the eating habits of men and women. The results provide a proverbial good chew. Turns out conventional wisdom is valid: women are bigger consumers of vegetables and fruits, while men are bigger meat eaters. But the study made some surprising discoveries.
Men are from Mars and women are from Venus
When it comes to asparagus and brussels sprouts, men preferred them more. Women, meanwhile, were more likely to choose fresh hamburgers, eggs and yogurt. Vive le differences. Apparently, it is true that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.
Other foods men were more likely to eat included peas, peanuts, frozen pizzas, frozen hamburgers and frozen Mexican dinners.
Men eat more risky foods
And is it any surprise that men were more predisposed to eat runny eggs and undercooked hamburgers? Health experts warn that both of these food choices are at higher risk of containing contaminants that could cause sickness.
The one risky food women were more likely to consume was raw alfalfa sprouts, which have been associated with a number of outbreaks of food poisoning in recent years. The study did not uncover any other substantial gender differences related to consumption of risky foods.
Men’s greater likelihood to eat meat encompassed poultry, duck, veal and ham as well as shrimp and oysters. Women’s greater appetite for vegetables and fruits encompassed carrots, tomatoes, strawberries and raspberries. Women also were more likely to eat almonds and walnuts.
Most extensive study of its kind
The study into the eating habits of adult men and women was the most extensive of its kind in America, according to the FDASN. The researchers interviewed more than 14,000 participants over the telephone from May 2006 to April 2007. Of the total number of people interviewed, 9,065 were women and 5,595 men.
Public health officials and health promotion agencies use research data into eating habits to improve and create new policies aimed at encouraging healthy eating practices. The more awareness they generate with this information and the more supports they can create in the community through more effective policies, the better the chances we all have of getting on the right track and maintaining healthy bodies and healthy weights.