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Does one's gender affect food preferences?

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Does one's gender affect food preferences?

gfr1111 | May 1, 2009 09:07 AM

It seems to me that men and women like different types of food, even if you adjust for outside factors. Due to societal demands, women are more likely to be dieting than men and, therefore, they eat a lot more salads than men. This is not the sort of factor than I am interested in. Aside from outside factors, such as dieting or trying to look feminine or masculine or "cool" or cosmopolitan, are there food preferences that are inherent in one's gender?

I note that the women I know seem to prefer sweet drinks. Men will eschew these drinks for beer, a bitter drink. Women seem to like fish and chicken more than men do. (Yeah, you could argue that this is due to the dieting factor, but it does not explain the large number of women who order these dishes with cream sauces or cheese sauces.) It seems to me that women prefer milder flavors, as well. Most scotch drinkers I know are men, as are those who prefer heavily spiced or extremely hot (due to peppers) food.

Am I right (or just a male chauvinist pig)? Can you supply some examples of the difference in preferences of the two sexes?

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