Talking about food in an online dating profile is a surefire way to get more attention, especially if you mention guacamole. And now it turns out that eliminating gluten is very sexy, because according to a new study from Match.com, gluten-free people are getting way more dates than their wheat-eating brethren.
According to The Daily Meal's Holly Van Hare, Match.com's annual Singles in America survey analyzed more than 5,000 people from all over America, and according to the data, people who do not eat gluten are 217 percent more likely to have gone on a date in the past year than people who do eat gluten.
"People who have followed a gluten-free diet are 217 percent more likely to have had a date in the past year, and 172 percent less likely to have had a dry spell that lasted two or more years," Match.com said.
Gluten is everywhere. It's in bread, pizza, beer, cupcakes, and even soy sauce. It gives pizza dough its elasticity and pasta its delicate chewiness. Unfortunately, eating gluten causes problems for some people, and the only solution is to avoid it entirely. That can be a lot of work and not much fun — especially when gluten has to be completely eliminated, lest a teaspoon of soy sauce or a gluten-contaminated cutting board brings about a recurrence of unpleasant symptoms. It's difficult, but in many cases a gluten-free diet is the only thing that will alleviate the problem.
And apparently it also makes a person much more likely to get dates.
Match.com does not specify a person's reasons for avoiding gluten, but it does make sense that mentioning a gluten-free diet in a dating profile would get more attention. People read dating profiles hoping to find similarities or evidence of compatibility, and if a person with celiac disease spots the phrase "gluten-free" on a dating profile, well, that's a big thing to have in common right off the bat. Besides, picking restaurants and cooking romantic dinners is a lot easier when two people have the same dietary restrictions.
Have you had any experience dating while eating gluten-free?