06 October 2011

Survey reveals 45 percent 'meat lovers' vs 5 percent 'vegetarians and vegans'

LivingSocial, a daily deals website, recently published the results of its first ever "Dining Out" survey of consumer behavior. The survey, which was conducted by Mandala Research, studied 4,000 online Americans and revealed some telling information about people's eating habits.

According to the study:

45 percent described themselves as "meat lovers"
35 percent described themselves as "experimental eaters"
25 percent as "foodies"
22 percent as a "sweet tooth"
19 percent as "fast food junkies"
18 percent described themselves as "health nuts"
11 percent as "locavores" (someone who eats locally-grown food)
5 percent as "vegetarians or vegans"

Other interesting tidbits:

The average American eats 4.8 meals per week in restaurants
The most popular restaurant meal is lunch
Only 4 percent of the people surveyed eat at food trucks in major cities regularly
Four types of restaurants dominate the eating scene: Italian (65 percent), Mexican (62 percent), Chinese (59 percent) and pizza (58 percent)
Spouses top the list of dining companions with 56 percent of respondents saying they dined out with their spouse or partners almost every time or every time
Other popular dining companions include friends (25 percent), dates (8 percent) and business colleagues (6 percent)

And finally:
When asked to describe their eating habits, more Washington, DC diners say they don't eat meat than in any other metropolis polled.

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Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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