Saturday 24 March 2018

Women plump for salad over chips to attract a man, say scientists

Women said they wanted chips and a good-looking man (Stock picture)
Women said they wanted chips and a good-looking man (Stock picture)

Helena Horton

Many women have been left unimpressed by the results of a scientific study which claims women don't want to eat chips when they see a good-looking man.

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark published their findings in research journal 'Food Quality and Preference', and said women prefer low-calorie foods when in front of someone they find attractive.

People took to social media to rubbish the claims, saying they fancy chips all the time and would rather have both fast food and the attentions of a good-looking fellow.

Researchers tell a different story; they carried out five experiments to investigate "mate attraction" and found that while men splash out on expensive food and drinks to boost their status, women opt for salad leaves over a burger.

"This research reveals how, why and when appearance-induced mate attraction leads to sex-specific consumption preferences for various food and beverages," Tobias Otterbring, who authored the study, said.

"The most valued characteristics men seek in a female are beauty and health, whereas status and wealth are top priorities for women."

He said fast food restaurants should hire good-looking men to encourage women to choose healthier alternatives.

Irish Independent

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