They rated the positive and negative interpersonal qualities of such a person, whether a gluten-free date would be high-maintenance, and how feminine or masculine a gluten-free individual would seem.Participants also indicated if they’d be hesitant to date such a person, what their attitudes toward a gluten-free diet were, and how much they knew about people with a gluten-free diet, both in terms of what the diet involves, and whether they actually knew anyone who is gluten-free.Furthermore, as the authors note, “Someone who is picky with food choices might be seen as someone who would be high-maintenance in other aspects of their life” (p. And then, finally, taking into account gender stereotypes, the gluten-free man should be at particularly high risk for looking not just picky, but too “feminine.” Being gluten-free, the authors suggest, should detract less from the impression a woman makes compared to a man. investigated the impact of being gluten-free on people’s perceptions of potential romantic partners.In the first study, a sample of 161 undergraduates (about two-thirds female) completed open-ended measures assessing the gluten-free stereotype (using an open-ended question) and what a gluten-free date would be like.However, the status of being unable to eat foods containing gluten may affect that all-important first impression you’re trying to make. (and) what people consume can have important implications for the impression they convey to their partner” (p. There are, they note, “consumption stereotypes,” or preconceived ideas that people have about others based on the foods they eat.According to Western Connecticut State University’s Maya Aloni and colleagues (2019), “the sharing of a meal is a common and well-scripted dating activity . They wondered: Would the gluten-free individual fall prey to one of those stereotypes?On the other hand, there’s that downside to seeming picky and self-centered.The authors note that people who, for example, stick to low-fat diets seem to be “less happy, less fun, more boring and high-strung” than people who don’t give a second thought to counting calories and watching their cholesterol levels.
In any case, you’re sure that you’re on your way to making a great first impression.
You’re meeting someone new for dinner, and you’re doing your best to prepare for what you hope will be a favorable outcome.
You’d like to impress this person in the best way you can, so you start getting ready several days in advance. Your hair is done, the new clothes are ready to wear, and you feel that nothing can go wrong.
You can spill your drink, get food stuck between your teeth or on your face, or fail to use your knife and fork in the most polite way possible. What you may not realize, though, is that your approach to ordering or accepting the host's offer of a lovely meal may lead you to appear to be a picky eater.
New research shows that you affect the impression you make on others during a meal if you have a dietary restriction involving gluten.