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no meat lovers Majority of Irish vegans says they would only date other vegans


Vegan couple - Stock image

Vegan couple - Stock image

Vegan couple - Stock image

A majority of Irish vegans identify as Vegansexuals - someone who only dates other vegans.

And with an increase in vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, ‘inter-dietary’ romances could face even bigger challenges in 2021, new research suggests.

Some 15% of Irish people polled had adopted a plant-based lifestyle, according to research commissioned by Subway to celebrate the launch of new plant-based subs and double choc cookies.

Three quarters (75%) of respondents claimed cooking, eating together, or going out for food play an important part of their romantic relationships.

However, with just under half (48%) of the 1,000 polled admitting to having disagreements with family, friends and partners over what to eat for dinner, coupled with the increase in vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, ‘inter-dietary’ romances could face even bigger challenges in 2021.

Almost a fifth (17%) of respondents have, and would, dump someone because of ‘food feuds’ based on their dietary or eating habits

Over a third (35%) of meat-eating Irish people said they would think twice about dating a vegetarian or vegan long-term, stating that they’d find eating out to be too difficult (44%).

Other reasons include not wanting to feel guilty about eating meat (35%) and not wanting to bring their vegan partner to family meals (31%).

Angelina Gosal, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland at Subway, said: “Cooking and enjoying a meal together can be an expression of love, and food is often a focal point in many relationships.

“But we also know there are ongoing tensions in modern relationships due to dietary choices, such as being vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or a carnivore. That’s why we’ve introduced our new plant-based Sub, to bring plant-lovers and meat-lovers together and unite even the most incompatible of foodie pairings.”

A study of 157 vegans in New Zealand a few years back found that a number of vegans, the majority of whom were female, did not want to date or have sex with people who, unlike them, consume meat or animal products.

"I've always dated at least a vegetarian," said Justina LaSalle, a semester political science major who has been a vegan for seven years. "I try to be open-minded, but if someone's a vegan or vegetarian, they're that much more attractive to me."

And it's not just not eating meat that can make a person seem attractive to a vegan.

"The last guy I dated, the only meat eater I've dated in years, definitely tasted different," LaSalle said. "He was more acidic, like vinegar, and he smelled pretty strong."

Julia Otero, an ecology and evolutionary biology major who was a vegetarian for four years before making the move to vegan just three months ago, discussed a different type of strong odour that meat eaters can produce.

"Vegans don't smell as bad when we fart," she said, theorising that eating flesh produces a toxic build-up of bacteria and toxins.

"A greater protein intake and protein supplementing can produce more gas," Amy Pumerantz, registered dietician and nutrition coordinator for Student Health Services, said. "Particularly those who are supplementing with protein … they notice that they pass more gas more frequently and that it may not smell as 'pleasantly.'"

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