Talk about being a picky eater.
A recent study surveying 7,400 vegans and vegetarians from around the world found that more than half of vegans (52%) and four in 10 vegetarians (39%) would not consider a relationship with a meat eater .
Additionally, about one in eight vegans (12%) would not even consider dating a vegetarian.
The study was conducted by Vegglya popular global vegan and vegetarian dating app that’s probably filled with more peach and eggplant emojis than Tinder.
“For many vegans, ‘veganism‘ is a way of life, so it’s understandable that they wouldn’t want to be with a partner who consumes animals or animal products,” said Veggly founder Alex Felipelli. “Many vegans want to be with someone who shares their values and love for animals.”
“We believe that if the question was, ‘Would you rather date a vegan?’ the result would be close to 100%.”
This theory appears to be bearing fruit, as several other vegan and vegetarian dating apps have also sprung up — including Green Singles, Veggie Date, and Veggie Connection — to cater to their users’ many food preferences.
A vegetarian diet eliminates meat from a person’s plate, while a vegan diet eliminates all animal products, such as eggs, butter, and cheese. A vegan lifestyle can go even further by avoiding it “any form of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or other purposes” according to The Vegan Society.
As the number of people changing their orders from meat lovers to vegetable lovers grows, The Economist claims veganism was “on the rise” in 2020. — as is the number of people looking for someone to share their salad and ethics.
And all of that has the potential to shift dating status from “in a relationship” to “it’s complicated.”
“For many vegans, it can be difficult to have a serious relationship with a meat eater,” Felipelli said Wall Street Journal last year. “It’s not just about food, it’s about lifestyle.”
Limiting the dating pool to only considering other vegans or vegetarians may seem as restrictive as diet, but experts also agree it could be beneficial.
Judith Gottesman — a matchmaker, dating coach, and author — encourages singles to join more focused dating apps.
She told the Post that she always advises people to “look for similar lifestyles, values, goals and interests” when looking for a match.
“They’re really most important to be compatible,” Gottesman said of creating a more fruitful experience. “It makes sense: If you’re a committed and ethical vegan, you probably don’t want to spend your life with someone who eats animals.”