By Hannah Mueoz
Men and women are not only built to act and think differently,
but a new study suggests they also have different eating habits. In
the study, women favored fruits, vegetables, eggs, fresh hamburgers
and yogurt, while men preferred to eat meat, frozen pizza, peanuts,
peas, brussels sprouts, asparagus and frozen hamburgers.
“Most likely it is a combination of physical/biological needs,
hormones for example (in women), but also cultural issues and
pressures,” said Dr. Lisa Kessler, associate professor of the human
nutrition and food science department in an e-mail interview. “More
women are dieting at any one time than men, so they may be drawn to
salads, yogurts, etc. because they are dieting or want to appear
dieting to fit in with what is expected of them.”
Some Cal Poly males testified to being big meat eaters.
“I eat a lot of meat,” said Alex Gomory, a third-year history
Some Cal Poly women, however, believe that they too consume more
meat than fruits and vegetables.
“I eat a lot of meat,” said Rauvhah Rahman, a fourth-year female
biotech student. “I barely eat vegetables; I like chicken
Men are also more likely to eat poultry, according to Medical
Andrew Sanabria, a fourth-year history student, agreed he tended
to lean favorably toward meat alternatives.
“I eat a lot of fish,” said Andrew Sanabria, a fourth-year
In addition to these findings, the study also released odd
eating behaviors resulting in illness for both sexes.
Men were more likely to favor pink hamburgers and undercooked
eggs, which are two food choices that have a greater risk of
Surveyed women ate more undercooked alfalfa spouts, which has
been a main factor in food poisoning within the past 15 years.
The survey released last month and was based on 14,000 Americans
from 10 states. It was also partnered with state health
Dr. Beletschachwe Shiferaaw, a health official from Oregon,
could not explain odd results, according to the Associated
However, she did believe that it assisted in sending a message
about eating healthier.
Kessler believes these findings are not based only on gender
differences, but results are also an effect of culture, age,
physical conditions, upbringing, economics and convenience.
“It is better to look at each individual when it comes to what
they choose to eat,” said Kessler.
“It depends on each person’s unique upbringing so it’s not
useful to make blanket statements or follow ideas such as that men
like steak and women like quiche.”
Allen Chen/Poly Post
Study suggests sex affects diet
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