According to Science Daily, men eat more meat and poultry and women eat more fruits and vegetables. This was determined by a study of 14,000 people. The researchers indicated that there was so much data that they decided to take a look at the difference in gender eating habits if there were any, and, there obviously were.
Armed with such information I decided to take a look at my family. My wife and I have three sons. She comes from a family of eleven children of which seven are men and four are women. In addition to that I have one brother and one sister so I felt I had a pretty good basis for my own study.
First, starting with myself, while I do love fruit, I really don’t care much for vegetables. I love meat, rare meat where possible. Also, I like fat. I like fat mostly because it tenderizes the meat but, I also just like it. My boys will tend to eat fruits also and as with me, eschew vegetables. Further, they love meat.
It occurs to me that if you look at American society, you will note the “manly love” of the grill. Steaks, ribs and chicken are sought after with men trying to find more and more ways to make that food tasty.
In returning to my family, one finds it following the expected trend as reported by the study. The men like heavy meals like steak and baked potatoes, while all the women in the family opt for salads, cottage cheese, fruit cups and fruit salads as well as cereals such as puffed rice often made with fruit.
It is obvious that men have a bigger problem with cholesterol (although women have been catching up). However, according to my doctor who is a woman, the increase in the number of women with high cholesterol has more to do with increased awareness of problems with women’s’ health rather than a difference in eating habits.
I racked my brain to try and figure out why this situation exists. As I looked through our family the study information was correct; for the most part the men ate much more meat than did the women.
In other medical articles I have written, often routines, good and bad, are started at a young age. In thinking back to earlier years, for example, boys are encouraged to “bulk up” for sports; for defense and to be more masculine. Girls, on the other hand, are given a social message that they should watch their weight; have a good figure and that small and dainty meals are what is socially acceptable, so, the genders grow within their respective societal training. I think that at least has something to do with it.
At any rate, the test certainly seems valid from my family’s standpoint and tendencies. I know that when my wife and I go to the store together, I am drawn to the meat section and hanker after ribs and a big rib roast (which I’ll never afford again), while my wife piddles around the fruit and vegetable aisles still studying produce when I am ready to go.
This is a good study particularly for men. We need to reduce the amount of meat we ingest because animal fat is not only bad for the blood vessels, but as I have written about quite often, it is bad for a number of illnesses including ulcerative colitis.
Men and Women Have Different Eating Habits, Study Shows Science Daily