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Men, Women Have Different Eating Habits

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Men are more inclined to eat meat and dry food, and women are more inclined to eat fruits and vegetables.

A telephone survey of 14000 Americans was conducted by Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network between May 2006 and April 2007. Residents of 10 states were questioned about eating habits and showed significant differences among men and women.

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Men showed higher rates of meat consumption, such as ham, duck, veal, oysters, and shrimp. Women showed higher rates of vegetables consumption, such as carrots and tomatoes, and fruit consumption, such as apples, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

Both men and women were questioned about food they've had taken within the past week. 21% of men ate meat during that period, compared to 18% of women. 35% of women ate carrots, compared to 29% of men. 37% of women ate tomatoes, compared to 32% of men.

Men were also more likely to consume walnuts, frozen hamburgers, and frozen pizza. Women were more likely to consume eggs and yogurt. Survey participants were also questioned about high risk food, which are causing most food-borne illnesses: men eat more undercooked meat and eggs, women eat more alfalfa sprouts.

Researchers suggest that eating habits vary for sexes because of biological and cultural differences. The study will help researchers to develop healthy eating educational materials based on specific habits of men and women.