Reading Time: 2 minutes Could judgemental meat eaters be missing out on love? (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)
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A staggering 42 percent of meat eaters say they wouldn’t consider dating a vegan or vegetarian, according to a new poll.

The survey was carried out by chain eater Leon, which recently unveiled its new plant-based sandwich the LOVe Burger. The restaurant teamed up with BBC Radio 1 broadcaster and writer Alix Fox to offer her analysis of the findings. Fox shares her expert tips on how what happens in the restaurant can translate into the bedroom.

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“Many carnivores incorrectly assume that vegan food is a dull faff, and I wonder whether some meatheads are put off dating vegetarians and vegans because they have an unfair reputation for being overly virtuous, and pushy or preachy about their beliefs,” muses Fox.

“That’s not true of many plant-devoted peeps, but you could also view it as an admirable and compelling thing for a person to be devoted to what they think is right, and willing to stand by it and stand up for it.

“If you want a lover who’s unafraid of commitment, a vegan could hold promise.”


The new numbers follow a 2018 study which showed more than a quarter of Americans (28 percent) would turn down a date with a vegan, with the number dropping slightly to 25 percent for millennials.

According to the data from meal delivery service Food Box HQ, men are less open-minded than women – with 33 percent saying they would not be interested in dating a herbivore. A massive 70 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t give up meat for their partner.

Of those who would ditch meat for love, 10 percent said they would then secretly consume a pork chop behind their partner’s back. According to the research, vegans are much more open-minded: with 90 percent saying they would date an omnivore.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.