We've all heard the saying, "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche." Now, there's evidence many guys really believe that. The question: Is it because they really don't like the taste or do they see the dish as an insult to their manhood?
A new study from Chicago's Northwestern University finds it may be the latter. Researchers offered a choice between "manly" sounding menu items (like heavy gravy) and those with a more feminine twist (white wine sauce) to both male and female diners. What they found was, if given a choice and enough time to think it over, men will tend to opt for the more manly dish--even if they prefer the taste of the one perceived to be more 'girlie'.
That said, if they are rushed to make a quick decision, they're more likely to go for taste. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to choose feminine foods whether they have ten seconds or all day to make the decision.
Researchers concluded that through societal messages, boys learn at an early age that certain foods, such as red meat and beer, are associated with masculinity, whereas other foods (fish, salad, yogurt) are seen as more feminine. Apparently, boys start seeking out foods that will affirm their manliness, and it becomes a habit later in life.
Okay, fine. I get the pressure you're under to look manly and cool. But, guys...you're missing out! I mean sure, burgers are tasty, but so is a pan-roasted sea bass. And that salad you shun? It's a lot better for your waistline than the sausage sandwich you've been eyeing on the food cart. Now, just give me a minute to ponder a fantasy like in the picture off to the right. OK, I'm back now.
So how about we move into the 21st century and leave gender stereotypes at the restaurant door. Dare to get girlie and expand your palette. I know for a fact your stomach will thank you!
Plus, why waste fab food. Let's face it, girlie or not--quiche is pretty darn delicious!
YOUR TURN: Does your guy shun certainly foods because they're not masculine enough? If so, which ones? Does it apply in reverse: Do women go towards certain foods because they're 'supposed to' (think won't-eat-more-than-a-bite-of-lettuce types)? Do you steer away from certain 'guy' foods? Let us know!