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Most people avoid these messy foods when dating

Most people avoid these messy foods when dating
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Have you ever been on a date but were too shy to order a specific food or dish because it seemed a little too messy to eat? If so, you are not alone.

Let’s face it, dating can be intimidating especially if you have to worry about sharing a meal together. And because we all want to make a good impression, it is important to be mindful about what you eat. You don't want your breath to smell like garlic and sauce to stain your clothes.  

A recent study reveals that it typically takes four dates before most people are comfortable enough to eat a risky meal in front of a prospective partner.

When it comes to the “safest” date night meals, Americans go with pizza (24%), burgers (21%), and salad (21%). On the other hand, the dishes people are most likely to avoid on a first date all seem to come from the ocean including oysters (19%), mussels (18%), and sushi (17%).

Desserts such as chocolate brownies (16%) and apple pies (15%) are generally “risk-free” in the eyes of daters.

The study also reveals 41 percent have judged a date by the food they ordered when dining out and 45 percent form their opinions based on how a suitor eats.

For those who chew loudly and eat messily, respondents say don’t expect a second date. Just as many Americans (41%) confess they would judge a date if they asked for a “doggy bag” to take home any leftovers.

“The research proves just how important food is to our love life — whether it’s starting out in a new relationship or other events later in life,” says St Pierre Bakery founder, Paul Baker, in a statement. “Food gives people something to talk about on a date, to try different dishes and discuss their culinary preferences — which can clearly be the ‘make or break’ factor when it comes to a potential partner. Breakfast and brunch as an occasion to catch up with friends, dates, and family has grown in popularity over the years and some would even prefer this over a more formal evening meal.”

Finally, the results show that for a marriage proposal, the top meal of choice is steak (27%). Ironically, this is also the most popular dish to have when breaking up with someone (23%).

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